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EARTH DAY EVERY DAY: April 2018

Sunday, April 1st, 2018

 

Obviously from the title and picture above, the focus this month will be on Earth Day. BUT, April has other interesting topics I wish to explore, such as National Poetry Month, National Library Week, Spring, and of course, recipes featuring foods that are in season, such as asparagus and spring onions.

Back to Earth Day. I suggest you go to earthday.org to see their 2018 campaign. It is: End Plastic Pollution: Countdown to April 22. I have an essay I will post about recycling bins at my local LA Fitness Club. I spent one year reaching out to corporate headquarters and finally got results, almost accidentally, from the new manager. I call it: “Patience, Persistence, and Perseverance.”

Since I love poetry and April is National Poetry Month, I will be featuring poems from Mary Lou Meyers and Barbara Crooker, whose poems I have posted before. But I will be using new ones. I may also post one of my rhymes.

When I lived in State College, I attended several Poetry Slams, which are opportunities to read poems aloud, actually perform your poem. With the picture above there was a note that you could find out about poetry slams on You Tube. I Googled You Tube and found many, many poetry performances, so check one or two out by going to Poetry Slams on You Tube.

 

I would also like to include quotes as part of this month, because, like poetry, they have to convey a  concept in only a few words. Here is a quote from the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Cryptoquote puzzle that is perfect for National Library Week, April 8th-14th. I also plan to review a book that particular week to remind you to use your local public library.

Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity.— Yehuda Berg (Phl Inq. 3/14/18)

 

While March 20th is the first day of spring, I feel April is when spring actually starts, so I hope to have some photos of early spring flowers and leafing trees.
Here’s one from photos I took at the gardens near my alma mater some time ago:

I think of asparagus as one of the first veggies of spring, so I hope to feature one of Kathy Gunst’s soup recipes with asparagus. (I reviewed her book Soup Swap, last month, with two recipe postings.)

 

I’d also like to make a spring salad using roasted asparagus with sprouts. I have been growing micro-greens as well as jar sprouts, so either will work.

 

L to R: Sunflower greens, pea shoots, and buckwheat micro-greens

Here’s to a successful Earth Day, a warming spring, seasonal foods, and best wishes for a healthy planet and a healthy lifestyle!

 

P.S.  March was National Nutrition Month.  I thought it was April. But I will post some Nutrition Nuggets anyway! I was saving them especially for what I thought was National Nutrition Month and don’t want to wait until next March to post some of them.

The Promise of Spring: April 2017

Saturday, April 1st, 2017

Note: Now my  postings two or three times per week are not only in their category listed in the left hand margin, ex. Profiles, Health Flashes, Recipes, etc. but also on my Home Page, thanks to my daughter-in-law Maura’s great editorial advice. The first of the month posting, however, is only on the Home Page.

While Fall is my very favorite season, with its jewel-toned leaves and brisk, autumn air, Spring is a close second. People love Spring because it is about the cycle of nature coming out of “hibernation” with new growth: daffodils, crocuses, forsythia, new buds on the trees and green grass beginning to appear, sustainability, recycling, etc.

Since Earth Day is on April 22nd and seems to reflect everything good about Spring — Mother Nature, trees, renewal, new growth, and awareness of our global home — I plan to post tidbits of information about these topics, maybe added onto an essay,  or a topic by itself.

(Earth Day originally had a symbol that was a combination of the letters “E” and “O” taken from the words “Environment” and “Organism,”respectively. Later a theta was used because of its historic use as a warning symbol, or the peace symbol. Theta is now associated with Earth Day.)

Celebrate Earth Day – Ways2GoGreen.com     *(See quote from National Geographic about the tree theme at end of  post.)       www.ways2gogreen.com/CelebrateEarthDay.html

However, April is also National Poetry Month, and I plan some poems from Mary Lou Meyers as well as some of my own. Another event in April is National Library Week from April 9-15th. I will include at least one book review during that week. The theme from the ALA (American Library Association) is “Libraries Transform.” Go to www.ala.org for details.

 

(Above is the cover of a tiny book I purchased that has the poems in both Spanish & English. Since it is National Library Week this month and also National Poetry Month, I chose this title to cover both “events.”)

Also, Easter and Passover come in April. Since I celebrate Passover, I will have at least one recipe using matzoh, maybe my husband’s matzoh brei, which is a dish that is popular during Passover, when bread is taboo.

Photo from the Internet. My Matzoh is still in boxes!

 

*P.S. In searching for photos for this posting, I came across beautiful photos of trees from National Geographic’s site. Here is a quote from the site, the link to their site, and one of the 10 photos featured:

“This year’s Earth Day on April 22 celebrates trees, with the ambitious goal of planting 7.8 billion—one for every person on the planet—by 2020.”

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/04/remarkable-trees-earth-day-pictures/

Friendship Trees, Yoshino Cherry, National Mall and Memorial Parks, Tidal Basin, Washington, D.C.

P.P.S. Happy April Fool’s Day! OR maybe, don’t be fooled. Have a Happy Day!