Friday, March 1, 2013

Motivations & Smiles for March

(gleaned from my collection of “yearly calendar quotes”)

Vision:  Aim for the highest.  (Dale Carnegie)

Love:  To be loved, be lovable.  (Ovid)

Respect:  Listen to the lessons of life.  (Anonymous)

Patience and time do more than strength or passion. (Jean de la Fontaine)

The Tortoise only makes headway when he sticks out his neck. (Unknown)

No Bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings. (William Blake)

Never forget that only dead  fish swim with the stream. (Malcolm Muggeridge)

Sometimes you have to sprout your wings after you jump off the cliff. (Anonymous)

I'd rather wear out than rust out.  (Unknown)

Flowers are words which even a babe may understand. (Arthur Cleveland Coxe)

Every seed is awakened and all animal life. (Sitting Bull)

From my 2013 Motivation Calendar with Invitation to Action:
Contemplate:  In order to improve the mind,
we ought less to learn, than to contemplate.
(Rene Descartes)
Picture ~ a young lady dressed in red shirt and shorts,
 clasping her knees and sitting totally relaxed in a Muskoka chair...
(positioned in the shallows of the placid blue waters)
her long auburn hair draped over its back;
 to her right, rises a series of treed-hillside-mountains
perfectly mirrored in lake.

Special Event Days

                                         March 10 ~ Daylight Saving Time
                                         March 17 ~ St. Patrick's Day (also my Birth Date)
                                                             (another year younger...another year wiser)
                                          March 20 ~ First day of Spring
                                          March 22 ~ World Water Day *
                                          March 24 ~ Palm Sunday
                                          March 25 ~ Passover begins (Jewish)
                                          March 27 ~ Full moon
                                          March 29 ~ Good Friday
                                          March 31 ~ Easter Sunday
               * International World Water Day is held annually on March 22
                  as a  means of focusing attention on the importance of fresh water
                  and advocating for the sustainable management of fresh water resources. 
                  The United States General Assembly designated March 22, 1993
                  as the First World Water Day.

March Adages:

In like a lion…out like a lamb;
In like a lamb…out like a lion.

Have Hope!   Remember ~
March winds and April showers
bring forth May flowers.

March, being such a changeable month, in which we see warm spring-like temperatures or late season snow storms, you can understand how the above sayings might hold true in some instances.

The Canadian Wildlife Federation Calendar...

I use at my computer desk for date notations. It is one of my favourite calendars
and a charity to which I contribute. The Federation is dedicated to ensuring a
continued appreciation for our natural wild world and the conservation of
wild habitats in Canada. The 2013 issue features colourful and endearing
photos ~ these I'd love to share with you as I turn the monthly pages.

Albert Einstein commented:
Look deep into nature,
and then you will  understand everything better.”

January:  The snowy owl is a well-known species in Canada...
               with its distinctive white body and round face.  They hunt primarily
               during the day, in pursuit of lemmings, their preferred  food source. 
               During the winter months snowy owls can be found in many places across
               Canada and generally head north during the spring and summer to breed
                in the Arctic tundra.

February:  The bobcat is a wild cat, that has a broad Canadian range.  In fact,
                 they are the most widely distributed native cat in North America. 
                 They have short black ear tufts and stubby tails.  Bobcats primarily
                 hunt at night...with rabbits and hares making up a large part of
                 their diet.

March:      A small member of the weasel family, ermines are found across
                 Canada, in every province and territory.  They make use of a wide
                  range of habitats including riparian woodlands, marshes, meadows
                  and open pastures near forests.  Ermines are primarily nocturnal,
                  but are often seen during the daytime.

Merle Baird-Kerr … crafted February 28, 2013
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  1. Merle, You have totally Inspired me on this
    the First Day of March 2013.
    This is for Pary...
    “Indoors or out, no one relaxes in March, that month of wind and taxes, the wind will presently disappear, the taxes last us all the year.”
    - Ogden Nash

    1. Sherrie...I love your comparison.
      We should all "take heed"...
      a gracious thank-you for your input of wisdom!