Thursday, March 31, 2011

When The The Weather Is Bad, Food Glorious Food, When One Is Fortunate



It's been only recently, over the past few months, that I've actually enjoyed cooking again, yes "food glorious food". As we speak we have a nor'easter blowing up the coast for the last evening of March, definitely going out like a Lion. So reflecting on what's what in the food realm in our neck of the woods, I'm enjoying a little diversion in this food for thought exercise. Just the other day I made a lentil soup, with multi colored lentils, it came out excellent, as it was cooked in vegetable broth, & when the recipe stated to add some wine, I added a tad of two kinds of white, & a splash of port, which then simmered down to be the best lentil soup I had ever made, with enough to even share with friends. When the thumbs up call came in, that was the best of the best. So here I am, cooking again, from one pot to another, nothing gourmet, but according to our family's official ratatouille, my recent recipes from winter into spring have all been of a high caliber of really good quality, flavor & love.

This evening I sauteed some purple cabbage, a recipe from a favorite food site on the web, not only is this recipe easy to prepare, healthy, & beautiful on any plate, but also very, very tasty, indeed. I added some sliced almonds just to add a bit more crunch, which also upped the protein & gave it just the right balance.

The purple cabbage recipe is from the following food site, which is truly an interesting stop on the world wide web of culinary discovery-

http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=recipe&dbid=240&utm_source=rss_reader&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss_

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Hmmm, what's next, what's next....

Well Passover & Easter are on the horizon in just a few weeks, & being our family traditions are of an interfaith nature, what I will do, is put together some Passover family favorites, & my husband will do the Easter favorites, & we'll just take it from there, one macaroon, & one jelly bean at a time.

L Chiam / to life !


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The loaf of bread seen at the beginning of this posting, is handmade by the Sisters in Ashford, Ct. It can usually be purchased at Big Y in Mansfield, Ct. It is of a high quality, & made with honey, flour, cinnamon, raisins, & other natural ingredients, which makes it an excellent addition to the Easter holiday tradition. From our table to yours....

Bon Appetit











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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

There Is No Perfection, But In Nature


I try my hardest to keep topics as light as possible, here at the Peace Garden, but as we all know life can be heavy at times, "he's not heavy, he's my brother", so the song goes... , ah my friends, so true, so true, yes, the 60's again...

One of my saddest disappointments was when I learned that our beloved UN had sanctioned the recent no fly zone action, in Libya. The suffering of the Libyan people, is not an aspect of how individuals in the world are to be treated, nor is it anything I could ever accept, but to sanction violence to achieve a peaceful solution; it is a quandary, this nature of humankind, a never ending quandary....

What it is, that I will continue to never understand, is that the majority of the peoples of the world, seem to continue to buy into the same old problem solving skills, of having violence beget violence. We will finally have arrived, when the truism of war never being the answer, is accepted worldwide, down deep in every living soul, for nonviolence is the key. What are our chances, what are our odds, of this improving.... , I hesitate to add my two cents to that one. All we can do is to keep trying, even when world renowned organizations, an organization that I have loved since childhood the UN takes a stand, a stand that many oppose, & who do not see condoning violence as lacking a soulful solution, to an age old problem. Human beings have always lived in wild & crazy times, yet we can continue to choose, to not go along with a majority's way of thinking, & if we choose to oppose this mindset, so be it, for ultimately we are not sheep, & shall remain hopeful that a new day will dawn, when human beings, finally do "get it".

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Today's posting will conclude with a quote form the 3/27/11 News Letter of the Peace Abby-

"As the world watches the power of nonviolent revolution succeed in Tunisia and Egypt, we once again see the strength in the principles that we all hold so dear.

Yet, military contractors continue to profit in the billions through arming the world into an alliance of violence, while The Life Experience School's Peace Abbey, which exists to promote the study and practice of nonviolence, is unable to meet its mortgage obligation and is on the verge of foreclosure. This irony seems somehow fitting as our country is now involved in 3 wars under the leadership of a president who received a Nobel Peace Prize and was elected with the resounding support of the peace movement.

The Peace Abbey is needed now more than ever."

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2 N. Main Street
Sherborn, MA 01770

Monday, March 28, 2011

The Peace Abbey Needs Our Help



The Peace Abbey
On It's Beautiful Grounds In Sherborn, Massachusetts


Abbey Guesthouse

March 27, 2011

Dear Supporters, Shareholders and Friends:

I am writing to inform you of our current situation which I ask that you hold in your prayers.

The Life Experience School for special needs children and young adults, founded in 1972 as my alternative service as a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War, is near bankruptcy. As you know, The Life Experience School created The Peace Abbey following Mother Teresa's visit in 1988, and has since that time carried the financial responsibility of the Abbey operation.

With further cuts in the state human service budget and a steady decline in contributions due to the economic crisis and a persistent, world-wide recession, the following notice is sadly given: Middlesex Savings Bank, which holds The Life Experience School mortgage ($63,000) and the line-of-credit ($303,000) has notified us through their attorney that we are in default and have been given 30 days to resolve our financial impasse. We are moving forward with a forbearance agreement with the bank that will put a hold on monthly payments through the end of May.

Over the past few years, our financial situation has been, at best, fragile. Shareholders, through the interest-free loan program and the donation program, contributed over $377,000 and are responsible, along with countless other contributors, for helping to lift the financial burden that The Life Experience School has carried. Over the past twenty-three years, monies that could have been used to establish an endowment for The Life Experience School have instead been devoted to creating and maintaining The Peace Abbey. As a result, The Life Experience School is at risk of closing.

At this point in time, we have but few viable options as we move forward. One solution would be to sell one of the two Abbey buildings, owned by The Life Experience School, in order to prevent the School's bankruptcy. This is what we have agreed to do in order to address the default status of our loans with the Bank. Another option is to raise enough money to pay off the mortgage, and line-of-credit which is a much more desirable option, though highly unlikely to happen in time to stave off an impending foreclosure. Yet, if we were successful, we would hold the mortgage free and clear on the School and Abbey properties and no longer be beholden to a bank for our existence.

Thinking into the future -- a new updated Abbey website is being created by a wonderful volunteer, and we are planning to launch a major social media funding campaign using Facebook and Twitter. Other volunteer fundraising professionals are working with me to develop strategies to ensure a reliable stream of revenue going forward. But these measures will take time. And time, like money, is in short supply. Should the Abbey property end up being sold, shareholders are to be assured that all loans as well as monies donated for the furnace fund will be repaid in full.

I am writing, not to ask for another donation, but for your assistance in reaching out to those who are capable of making major contributions. Countless smaller donations to the School and Abbey, like those that have sustained us for two decades, quite frankly, will not solve our financial crisis in time. So having done your part already, I am now asking that you pass the word to those who sit on boards of institutions, foundations and trusts and humbly call upon them to do their part to save The Peace Abbey and The Life Experience School. If the Abbey is to exist into the future without The Life Experience School's financial support and ownership, it will take a foundation, family trust or wealthy individual to save these institutions with a tax-deductive gift of $366,000 to retire the two outstanding debts of $63,000 and $303,000.

Please keep The Peace Abbey in your prayers and feel free to contact me if you have any questions, ideas or suggestions. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Lewis

Lewis Randa
Founder / Director
The Life Experience School (1972)
The Peace Abbey (1988)
lewis@peaceabbey.org

P.S. It has been suggested, in addition to reaching out to everyone who can help, that Peace Abbey supporters contact Ellen DeGeneres through her webpage (THE ELLEN SHOW) as it offers the viewing public an opportunity to suggest ways in which she might help a worthy organization. As you know, Ellen is extremely generous, is committed to peace and social justice and just happens to be an animal lover; vegan even! Her webpage offers an opportunity to tell her about someone or a place in 1500 characters or less: THE ELLEN SHOW. Feel free to say whatever you'd like about the Life Experience School and Peace Abbey as it may resonate with her and help might be around the corner. It's worth a try.

Keep the Abbey in your prayers.

Mother Teresa

"My prayer is that The Life Experience School continues to prepare its children to become peacemakers in our troubled world - the true peace that comes from loving and caring and respecting the rights of everyone - my brother, my sister." Mother Teresa


As the world watches the power of nonviolent revolution succeed in Tunisia and Egypt, we once again see the strength in the principles that we all hold so dear.

Yet, military contractors continue to profit in the billions through arming the world into an alliance of violence, while The Life Experience School's Peace Abbey, which exists to promote the study and practice of nonviolence, is unable to meet its mortgage obligation and is on the verge of foreclosure. This irony seems somehow fitting as our country is now involved in 3 wars under the leadership of a president who received a Nobel Peace Prize and was elected with the resounding support of the peace movement.

The Peace Abbey is needed now more than ever.

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and pass it on ....

The Peace Abbey
2 N. Main Street
Sherborn, MA 01770




Dolly's Fashion Statement, What's Not To Love

This hat was the prefect choice, for this cool & windy March day & with enough treats, you can do a pose for say, a second or two, but we sure had to keep those treats handy....

Dolly our little fashion-esta here at the Peace Garden. Today was only her second time modeling hats. Being it's a rather cool & windy spring, all types were considered. Voila, we have it here Doll, how about this favorite of purple velvet, & a fax fur band, as only a fax of course will do, for me & you, as I do love to share, especially a good hat!











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The Bynars Visit The Boston Pheonix



With a new single to be released next week, & an upcoming CD soon going out, The Bynars
are sharing their unique sound, & are soon to be amongst planet earth's favorite sound.
Take it from a long time listener of rock & roll, The Bynars definitely have what it takes in bringing forth the fun factor, in rock & roll!


For The Bynars new song link go to-

http://thebynars.bandcamp.com/track/asking-your-mom-for-money. Play it loud & ride around with the windows down, spring is here!









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They’ll also be having a album release show coming up and a few warm ups leading up to the release..

04/02/2011 @ Ground Zero | Allenstown, NH 8:00pm | All Ages
04/08/2011 @ The 1 Bar | Danbury, CT 9:00pm | 21+
04/09/2011 @ Arlene’s Grocery | New York, NY 21+ | $10
04/17/2011 @ Eagle’s Club | Leominster, MA 1:00pm | All Ages | $20 adults / $10 students Fundraiser for Olivia Barnett w/ The Bynars, TonyBear, Shakes
04/29/2011 @ Ralph’s Diner | Worcester, MA 9:00pm | 21+ The Bynars, Hard No. 9, Only At Night, Every Other Country

05/04/2011 @ Great Scott | Allston, MA 9:00pm | 18+ | $8 The Bynars (Album Release), Bearstronaut, Sincerely The Management, Every Other Country
05/13/2011 @ Cake Shop | New York, NY 9:00pm The Bynars, Gross Relations, Infinity Hotel, Field Mouse



Saturday, March 26, 2011

This Crisp Cold Spring of Nature- The Bynars, A Movie & UCONN Basketball




The Bynars Album Release Show 5/4 @ Great Scott
Wednesday, May 4 at 9:00pm
Location: Great Scott






The last photo of course has Dolly checking her domain, she knows the deer have already made their run through our woods this morning, but she's certain to be ready for when they return at dusk, & so hopefully shall we, as deer running out & about in the northeast is a very big problem, so to all of us, keep a good eye out, especially on those dark, long, & windy, roads...

There's no complaining here, this crisp cold spring is where we're at. Last night we were visiting with our Bostonian son. Dinner at a local Vietnamese Restaurant, & then a movie. We saw Win Win, which we all gave a solid A, as not only was the casting excellent with Paul Giamini, but it is a very believable modern day, compelling story. A must see, as so much of it rang true to our modern day life, & presented in a way, which had just the right balance of levity, humor, & the seriousness of it all....

We walked the city last night amidst 34 degree temperatures, my fleece jacket was suitable, as I did have mittens on, but there were times, when the wind past by, that I really did miss my good ole winter one, with the hood. Oh, well, spring has sprung, & it will only continue to get better, we all know that.

This was my second trip into Boston this week, as I had traveled in once already for the Writing Group Seminar, of which I am now a part of. It's been an excellent experience, & it has been keeping me busy, as our members are all very productive, & I've been trying my best to keep up with the reading of submitted chapters & all. Another one of our members also just completed her first novel which I am just about to delve into, as we are to read the first seventeen chapters by Wednesday. I have started writing my novella again, which has me in a really good mindset, as I now have the beginning worked out in my mind, & I am so inspired to weave all the aspects together. Time, all in good time.

Our son sent us home last night with a new CD release of the band he's been part of for several years now The Bynars, which I just can't say enough about. Sure I'm the mom of the drummer, & you could say, well of course she likes their music, her son is with the band, but in all honesty good is good, & that's where they're at. When it comes to my critiquing in the arts if it's someone I know, & if I don't have a thumbs up take, well, then I just don't say anything, but if I get that feeling & know just deep down, that they are beyond good, then I just have to put it out there, & share what I know to be authentic, well crafted & meaningful, in all aspects.

We will be going to my brother, & sister in law's this evening for dinner & to watch the UCONN Huskies, as they continue to do their thing in the March Madness National Basketball Tournament. That's another time will tell upcoming situation, as we all are of course great Husky fans, though I joined the fan wagon rather late, only just this year, after attending a Woman's Team game. True the team playing tonight are the men, but am now on board with all the Husky Teams, having only recently learned that they do excellent outreach to the children of the surrounding communities, opening up doors & giving future generations a chance to also excel, & become college students some day, which gels with me very well.

Enjoy this last weekend & we'll see which way March goes out, Lion or Lamb, & which ever way the wind does choose to blow, may the breezes of springtime, continue to share with us all-

The promise of hope.

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Basketball Tournment Score Update, From Tonight's Game:

Arizona 63

UCONN 65

With UCONN all set now to compete next week in the Final Four, Go Huskies & Good Luck!








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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Waiting For The Sunrise, Tones of Blue, Shades of Snow




Waiting For The Sunrise, Tones of Blue, Shades of Snow

To our Son on his 28th Birthday March 24th, 2011


waiting for the sun
rise
tones of blue
shades of snow
no longer is the moon
high
tones of blue
shades of snow

birthdays, holidays
today is
just your day

may it be a good one
a grand one
a fun one
and may you feel
a smile

your smile
our smile

you walk your path
with time's true cast
and ponder what
it is
have dug down deep
for spring does teach
a gentleness of prayer,
it's quiet speak
has known to reach
compassion in your care,
a learning curve
an arrow's bow
an aim
from mid thin air

spring's earth and work
of hope evokes
a flowering of trust
we learn in time
a lifetime's mined
as love, does find a way


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We parents of the world, we so love our childen here, there & everywhere.... Loving thoughts & prayers go forth in this poem to our son, on this his special day. Thus concludes today's addition to the Poetry A Muse In Motion Project.

And as the world continues to spin, & do it's thing, & the countries of the world, it's governments, organizations, & people continue to do their thing, to us all only kindness matters & though it does matter that world events both natural, & people produced, have been making it harder & harder, no matter the message, no matter the vibe; it does make a great deal of difference when we treat one another respectfully, with kindness & care, one person at a time, & to this I say, amen.










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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Meet My Granddog Bailey




Meet my granddog, Bailey. Bailey lives with our son, daughter in law, & our grandchildren. He is really, just about the sweetest & cutest of any dog, except Dolly, that I know. Bailey was very sick a couple of months ago, with a severely strained muscle or ligament, & was hunkered down with pain & suffering. To be honest we were very concerned about him.

Here he is celebrating the blessings of health & healing, as Bailey has been his ole self again for some time now, & as you can see will not pass up a photo op. And can you blame him, he's just too, too cute for this Nana, anyway...

Thank you T* for sharing Bailey's photo, & here he is now, visiting the Peace Garden.

Welcome, welcome Bailey!



















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Spring's Awakening & Midway Through Women's History Month




Spring's Awakening & Midway Through Woman's History Month

Strong Expressions In Kindness



we met
a house of worship
prayer
born of my year
knows languages
modern
ancient times
of Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic
perhaps

humility
questioned, of this you told
in stated earnest
words,
five to nine
short
minutes
spent
five years ago,
of me not much
I chose to share
my work
and life
so
mentioned

from time
to
time
together
all,
united
in
a
prayerful mind
each
our request
life's
blessings,
from above
for those on earth
and those
no
longer

in conversation
word
for
word
so iron strong
confronting and abrasive
when past
decision
measures
not

there's pause, no hesitation

a long
short night
in site
such cutting
tone
of
words
rounded
in
thoughts,
my mind
weary
wanting
knowing
not to offend
be kind
it has a price
knowing better
yet you
do not
a contradiction
ancient oath
of first
not doing harm

such women who have
risen
high
red tents,
societies
of
order

not thinking
yet
they think
my mother too
crush
at times,
the gentle flowers
in their
way

success

it
has
these costs

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The above poem deals of course with a very basic problem, that confronts many a woman. We love to celebrate in the success of our fella sisters, but elements recently mentioned certainly continues to muddle the playing field of our mutual gardens. Individuals have of course their own personal need to take on life, in whatever manner they so choose, & I am certain that in order to raise to the top of any field that was originally dominated by men in our society a woman back in the day, & perhaps still does, have a conditioning from within to be strong & to challenge. That is of course an excellent instinct, in navigating in their chosen professional worlds. But for day to day, & the lighter forms of social encounters that our tribal societies move about, & congregate in, treating another with disrespect, by not choosing words carefully creates a toxicity in life's garden. When we remember to be kind, it is a form of strength, & though another may view it in an opposite way, those of us, who are grown from a genre of sensitivity, know deep down to our very roots, that in order to get along, to create a harmonious world, peace, love & understanding, remains the words of the day, as we aim for this in our lives, in our, actions, thoughts & deeds. I could choose to put this poem aside, & let it sit in a manila folder of sorts, & never have it see the light of day, that would be one way. Yet I know for certain, that I am not the only woman on this planet, who has had to deal with this topic, & this is Woman's History Month after all, of which this is one of our collective, her stories too. The issue recently presented does crop up, from time to time, in many of our given lives, in ways that are often skimmed over, excuses made for, & often not talked about. We've come so far as a gender now, how could we ever think that it has been nothing more than wonderful, but we woman are the communicators, & we do know those other stories. And about personality, those who do not, have a, go along to get a long element in their dna, do know very well, that it is the suppression of a person's individual truth, as my Rabbi, so skillfully taught so many years ago, with the example of the Story of Jonah, that was reinforced within my own very heart & soul, that we all need to live, & if necessary speak our truths, for if an individual wants to truly invite disharmony in their lives, true, it may be easier for some to go along, but unless we face whatever it is within our own selves, & honestly & effectively deal with it, it will & does, repeat, & repeat & repeat. So, I will utilize an infamous phrase of my father's by simply saying, "enough already". This topic is never an easy one, as it has been the cause of immense pain, but no matter which way a person chooses to deal with it, it's the intention, of these expressions, that are so important. My intentions are simple yet complex, to live my own truth, as we all are intended to do, to express, & not repress myself as an artist, as we all go forward in healing our lives....
Please help me God.

Amen, Amen, Amen


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Thus concludes today's addition to the Poetry A Muse In Motion Project, of which it's been some time since it's inclusion.

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I am repeating yesterday's quote from one who is beloved, admired & respected, as it so applies to today's posting-

"When we wish and seek to help others, our attitude is more positive and relationships become easier. We are less afraid and have less anxiety. Otherwise we remain shy and hesitant, and feel the need to take a thousand precautions before we approach people. When our intentions are good, we have greater self-confidence and are stronger. This is how we learn to understand how precious and valuable kindness is."




Is another fine link, that includes an essay regarding aspects of what can be added to the above discussion.

Thank you Deepak Chopra MD, you never stop trying to heal the world.









Monday, March 21, 2011

Let Us Embrace The Positive, Even As The Snow Falls This Spring


In this life, we all experience both the positive & the negative, as does nature. Today snow is predicted, & I am due out of town to facilitate a peace flag making project. Though in my heart, I feel a disappointment & betrayal on the part of the UN's recent sanctioning of this no fly zone, that the U.S. & other countries are a part of, I & millions more will continue to go forward, in our work of putting forth the positive side, for peaceful resolutions, for conflicts both abroad, & at home.

The photo prepared for this mornings posting is of course an image of a butterfly that was given to me by my friend K, during a party celebration of both my birthday, & my leaving a career of nursing of which I had worked very diligently in, with immense dedication I must add, for decades. The butterfly symbolizes change of course, which goes along with transition & though a beautiful progression, it is an extremely hard & delicate process. I wouldn't have it any other way, as my father often stated, You've got to be willing to do the hard work.". Today, so very different from yesterday, for it is as gray as gray can be, & as far from the sunny Sunday, of which preceeded this Monday, as one of our seemingly ordinary spining rotation's has made it but, as an individual will, with no hesitation continue onward, on this path to cut & press, to make fabric ready, that deems necessary in preparing, for a once again beautiful peace flag project, of which I will be doing with both pre & young teens today. For as long as many live & breathe, we will never give up this vision of a positive world, & never, ever loose hope. For we are all, in this world together....


Amen




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Today's shared quote-

When we wish and seek to help others, our attitude is more positive and relationships become easier. We are less afraid and have less anxiety. Otherwise we remain shy and hesitant, and feel the need to take a thousand precautions before we approach people. When our intentions are good, we have greater self-confidence and are stronger. This is how we learn to understand how precious and valuable kindness is.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Spring Is Arriving & What A Blessing This Vernal Equinox

After peddling many hills & many miles, look who was at our destination to greet me. These beautiful animals are new his season to the farm at the Golden Lamb Buttery, Brooklyn, Ct.
What a sweet surprise I must say, & enjoying the camera action too, as they stood right next to me, & patiently posed.
This beautiful post & beam barn, just below houses the Golden Lamb Buttery which sits so loftily looking out onto the unspoiled landscape....
Our family's elite athlete, waiting for me to catch up, how long the wait was, I couldn't really say. We logged in a total of eight miles this afternoon. Yea, spring is upon us, & farewell winter, we're heading for a blooming change...

Truly what a beautiful day for the first day of our oncoming spring! My husband's idea was to begin this new season by getting our bikes out of the barn, & trekking off for a ride. It certainly was well worth it, after figuring out just how many layers to put on, as you do tend to warm up fast, after a few up hills & all. This was the first time I ever wore a helmet, as it is an important aspect of riding safely & all. It was always something we provided for our kids when they were growing up, but there need not be an exclusion for any of us, being as safely prepared as possible, so yes, I wore one today, too.

I have aspects of the tragic emergency ongoing in Japan, in my mind everyday, & now add to that the UN approved no fly zone, military action which several countries are participating in, including the U.S., that has been going on this past weekend. I for one, am at odds with this decision & action, but the voices of reason in this world, are small in comparison to those that make decisions & instigate these kinds of action.

So, to say I enjoyed the first day of spring is an understatement, as some of the tragic events, that are ongoing worldwide, & also personally, are with us, each & every day in our hearts. Yes, these are definitely overwhelming times, & I say to each & every one of us, look up at the sky, take a breathe, & enjoy the springiness of your day. To enjoy the gift of a life, some days may be a challenge, but we need to, in order to take care of ourselves, & one another too.

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The following copy written information is from the following site listed below of which includes very interesting information on the vernal equinox.

http://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/march-equinox.html

The March Equinox Explained

"The March equinox will occur on March 20 in 2011, marking the beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere and fall (autumn) in the southern hemisphere from an astronomical viewpoint. The March equinox will occur at 23:21 (or 11:21pm) at Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) on this date."

Thursday, March 17, 2011

St. Patrick's Day & The Greening of A Season


irish


I hope everyone enjoyed the wearing of the green today, as it was a beautiful one & so spring-like. March Madness & it's realm of college basketball has begun. So to all you basketball fans out there, enjoy the sport of the game & for my family all I can say is-
"Go UCONN, go Huskies!", as they are the team's biggest & loyalest of fans.

I will leave you with a few photos, of the greening of a new season.....
And to all who are in the embrace of the St. Patrick's holiday, my thoughts go to a phrase we learned so very long ago- erin go bragh... , & it's blessings...

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The following offers some interesting info on St. Patrick's Day & it's long & interesting tradition-

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/17/slainte-erin-go-bragh-tra_n_837097.html









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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Yes, The Times They Need A Changing.....


Change takes time, even if it's only brief minutes, such as an earthquake or a tsunami, it still takes time... Such wild forces of nature, which we do know, are strong, devastating & powerful.....

Human beings, we, the most #$&%^! of all species, at times, as far as the nuclei of an aspect of powerful devastations are concerned, we are what we are, & to our own dismay... , at times....

Let us all continue to gather our strength, to bring help, comfort & support to all peoples of the world, to the people of Japan, along with those we know personally, of whom we are blessed to have in our lives, & of whom we well know are presently experiencing immense loss & hardships, in our corner of the world too. May we continue onward to gather our strength, to share a shoulder, lend a hand, & yes, say a prayer...

Amen













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