This is the fastest, it seems, that time has passed to
get to my next monthly post! I found out that this month
is considered National Kidneys Month. If you are over 50,
they suggest to get from now on, an annual urine screening.
A Poem for those worms that will soon be lying around on
sidewalks and parking lots, due to March’s heavy rain:
“Hurt No Living Thing”
by Christina G. Rosetti
“Hurt no living thing.
Ladybird nor butterfly,
Nor moth with dusty wing,
Nor cricket chirping cheerily,
Nor grasshopper so light of leap.
Nor dancing gnat, nor beetle fat,
Nor harmless worms that creep.”
In that second line, I have always wondered, did
Christina mean a ladybug or a bird that was female?
Certainly, she would be proud of St. Patrick, who
led the snakes out of Ireland, in legendary form,
by playing his pipe.
1- New Moon.
Just a sliver…
I am afraid I may have misled you, no one pointed this
next error out in my February post…
2- Texas Independence Day
and… the 86th Academy Awards Show, with Ellen G. as host.
4- Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras time, celebrate since some
will be fasting soon for Lenten Season.
5- Ash Wednesday.
I have, from childhood on, liked the simple act of
receiving ashes on my forehead. Having been raised an
Episcopalian, we still followed the Roman Catholic Lent
period. We ‘gave up meat on Fridays’ and decide which
certain food, chocolate, pizza, fries, donuts or ice
cream… to give up. This was usually whichever was the
biggest ‘sacrifice’ for the days leading up to Easter.
9- Daylight Savings Time begins by setting our clocks
ahead, thus losing one hour of sleep, at midnight.
Also, on this date, fifty years ago, the first Mustang
car rolled off the assembly lines in Dearborn, Michigan.
The Ford Motor Company the debuted Mustang car at the
World’s Fair, 1964. It was forecasted to be only 100,000
needed but in a mere 18 months, they had sold and reached
the 1,000,000 mark! I have to admit, my Mom became a
rather ‘cool’ person in our eyes and her high school
students’ eyes, too. She purchased one of these Mustangs
in what we called “pea green color.” All 3 of us learned
how to drive that car in the mid-seventies, making us
15- Andrew Jackson Day, Tennessee.
16- Watch out for Full Worm Moon!
Also, the Jewish faith celebrate Purim after
17- St. Patrick’s Day.
Don’t forget to wear Green so you won’t get pinched!
Celebrate by eating corned beef and cabbage, have a hot
coffee laced with Irish Crème, or have a frosty mug of
green ‘brew!’ If you are on the ‘rich side of life,’
purchase some Jameson’s Irish Whiskey!
20- Although we have been hoping this could come
earlier, after our long, extended weather, this
is the First Day of Spring!
When I saw recently a photograph of a windmill and
tulips, it made me think how Holland is represented
in their Springtime with this image. I happen to
also enjoy the cherry blossoms that are photographed
in Washington D.C. Hope all the countries are able
to enjoy a wonderful season, whatever it is in your
area of the world!
I also think about poor elderly Don Quixote, confused
and tilting at windmills… All for the sake of his
deep, abiding love of Dulcinea! I have always liked
that music from “Man of La Mancha.” Miguel de Cervantes
is an author I should have included in my ABC list!
The lesson I learn from Don Q. is that no matter how
old we get, we need to remember, there is no age limits
set for discoveries, learning and facing challenges.
Two more quotations to add to our month of March.
Taken from the book, “Lightposts for Living, The Art of
Choosing a Joyful Life” (2001), by Thomas Kinkade:
“Blocking off space for the important concerns of your
life, will do wonders for your sense of peace and harmony.”
This could have easily joined the suggested renewal of
Spring (and Green post) quotes.
Dorothy L. Sayers,
“We have come to that still centre
Where the spinning world
Sleeps on its axis,
To the heart of rest.”
Final thoughts and interpretations of the messages
shared this month:
Find your focus.
Follow your heart.
Make time to be refreshed.
In the ‘River of Life,’ which may become high and
full of water,
With our melted snow and continued Spring rain,
Get rested up for soon…
Life will be rushing along into
its most active time of year!”