Thomas Kinkade paints romantic and beautiful pictures,
which fill me with a deep sense of ‘home’ and ‘comfort.’
I get a true sense of Serenity, when I study his cottages
in quaint settings. One of his ‘artistic signatures’ is
to include warm, golden lights shining out of windows,
like ‘beacons’ leading us home.
In Thomas Kinkade’s autobiography and through personal
interviews, he shares his memories. While other children
were heading home from school in the winter, he would be
trudging home to a dark, empty house. He would look into
windows, along his walk home, to behold ones which held
such warmth and light. He remembers he would have moments
of envy and longing.
Thomas Kinkade wished to be living in those homes. His
mother was a single mom. The tables ‘were turned’ and
she would be the one coming home to a house where Thomas
had turned on all the lights to greet her. Here is a great
quotation for February from this sensitive, creative artist:
“To be romantic is to allow yourself to fall in love
with life. Experience it fully, openly, passionately
2/1/64- Fifty years ago today, “I Want to Hold Your Hand,”
(sung by the Beatles, or Fab Five) topped the charts!
On January 31st, 2014: the Chinese New Year was celebrated,
making this the Year of the Horse. February starts their
New Year! Happy Lunar New Year, China!
“Candlemas,” also called Feast Day.
This day commemorates the Presentation of Jesus Christ
at the Temple (or presentation of our Lord at the Temple.)
Celebrated by Roman Catholics, the Eastern Orthodox and
Eastern Orthodox Catholic churches. It is the first
Feast of 12 Great Feasts.
As you know, whether you live in the U.S. or not, we have
had a rather ‘bitterly cold’ beginning to our year! We may
wish that the Groundhog would NOT see his shadow! Cloudy
days mean he would not run and hide. This folklore means
an Early Spring may come! “We love you, (Spring!) Yeah,
February 2nd is also Super Bowl Sunday!
Waitangi Day (New Zealand)-
This date commemorates a founding treaty that was
signed in 1840. It was called the Treaty of Waitangi.
Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony in Sochi, Russia.
The Winter Games run until February 23, 2014.
2/9/64- Fifty years ago today, Ed Sullivan Show’s first
appearance of the Beatles. When Ed Sullivan saw them in
Europe, he observed the audiences being huge. (Stockholm
had an amazing turnout for their concert!) Ed Sullivan
compared their popularity to Elvis. He arranged with the
Beatle’s manager, Brian Epstein, for three consecutive
Sunday performances. The arrangement also meant the group
would get Top Billing but ‘bottom dollar.’ They were paid
a very small amount for their performances on this show,
with over 73 million viewers’ watching!
The Beatles’ arrival to the United States on Feb. 7th,
was greeted with a group of (estimated) 4000 fans. This
number seems rather low; by today’s standards of famous
fans and crowds. I remember my adult babysitter, Mrs. Boos’
teenaged daughter, Diana wept when she attended the Beatles
concert and also, when she watched the Ed Sullivan Shows’
four consecutive weeks’ performances. (Mrs. Boos told my
brothers, ages 5 and 7, while I was 8 1/2. Later, when
Diana went to Kent State University, she took me as her
sister for “Siblings’ Weekend.” These few occurrences
were Big Time Events in my growing up years!)
Fifty years ago later, a ” Grammy’s Tribute to the Beatles”
will be aired on CBS network, (Channel 10 in Columbus, Ohio).
Julia Roberts made this special announcement at the Grammy’s.
Mardi Gras, also known as “Fat Tuesday.”
Abraham Lincoln’s birthday
The Lenten Season begins
Full Snow Moon tonight.
Will this help kindle your romance or turn it wild?
A quotation suitable for Valentine’s Day from Thomas
“Doing a small, loving thing with beautiful ‘panache’
can be as romantic as committing a heroic deed.”
Do you remember those days when you decorated a shoebox
with colored paper, folded hearts cut out so carefully
and adding doilies or heart stickers, too? Then, you may
have held your breath, when you came home from school,
opening and reading (sometimes) personal messages. Hoping
perhaps for a special hand written note, with ‘love’ in
Cherished thoughts of Valentine’s Days Past sent your way…
National Flag Day of Canada.
Susan B. Anthony’s birthday.
(United States’ government holiday,
means no postal service, banks and
the public libraries are closed.)
George Washington’s birthday.
“Heritage Day” which is the given name for
celebrating the Founder of the United States.
In folklore, both Abraham Lincoln and George
Washington became known for their honesty.
We have “Honest Abe.”
We have these famous coined words for George,
as a boy, “I cannot tell a lie, Father, I chopped
down the cherry tree!”
Soon, this short month will fly by and we will be
blessed with warmer climates here in the Mid West
U. S. and all those countries even with us on the
globe, who are shivering in the Winter months!
Flag Day or “Dia de la Bandera,” is Mexico’s day of
celebrating their flag.