Monday, July 1, 2013

Motivations & Smiles for July

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

If you don't know where you are going,
any road will get you there.
(Lewis Carroll)

Curiosity: The first and simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind
                  is curiosity.  (Edmund Burke)

Perception:  We can't help getting older...but you don't have to get old.
                     (George Burns)

Friendship:  Choose your friends for their character and cherish the memories.

Appreciation:  Appreciate the differences in others.  (Denis E. Waitley)

Obstacles are those frightful things that you see...when you take your eyes
                 off the goals.  (C. W. Ceran)

Don't wait for your Ship to come in...Swim out to it.  (Winston Churchill)

He who does not hope to Win...has already Lost.  (Jose Joaquin Almado)

There is no time for ease and comfort.  It is the time to Dare and Endure.
(Winston Churchill).

From Marie's 2013 Motivation Calendar with Invitation to Action:
Envision a weightlifter in great athletic form and with exertion of strength
gripping and raising the barbell...above his head.

Exert:  Success depends on a very long measure upon
individual initiative and exertion. (Anna Parloval)

Special Event Days

July 1: Canada Day*  ~ a celebration of Canada's Birthday July 1, 1867.  Local activities are held in many cities and municipalities.

July 4:  Independence Day (USA) is a federal holiday celebrating the Declaration of Independence ~ July 4, 1776.

July 9:  Nunavut Day, annually commemorates the passing of two Nunavut Acts on July 9, 1993.
Nunavut officially split from the Northwest Territories becoming a Canadian Territory, April 1, 1999.

June 20:  Canada's Parks Day is a national event, showcasing parks and historic sites in every province (10) and in every territory (3) in Canada.

June 22:  Full Moon (for all you romantics!).

Did You Know?

Cutting grass too short can cause damage to your lawn.  Keeping grass 7 to 10 centimetres high will  help it resist drought and compete with other plants.  For best results, water your lawn once a week in the morning to prevent evaporation or fungus.

This month, shorebirds called Red Knots, will begin their annual migration to southern Argentina

Canadian Bird of the Month

The Ruby Throated Hummingbird is the most widely distributed hummingbird in Canada.
These birds are very small, only about 7 to 9 centimetres long.  Despite their size, they are capable of amazing annual migration that includes crossing an 800-km expanse of the Gulf of Mexico.

*Canada’s National Anthem

O Canada was proclaimed our national anthem on July 1, 1980
(100 years after it was first sung on June 24, 1880).
The music was composed by Calixa Lavalle (a well known composer).
French lyrics to accompany the music were written by Sir Adolf –Basile Rathier.
The official English lyrics were written in 1908 by Mr. Justice Robert Weir.

The second verse of O Canada is very descriptive of our homeland
…which is seldom sung:

O Canada!  Where pines and maples grow.
Great prairies spread and lordly rivers glow.
How dear to us, thy broad domain
from East to Western sea.
Thou land of hope for all who toil ~
Thou ‘True North’, strong and free.

Chorus:  God keep our land glorious and free.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

“Our Dreams for this beautiful country will never die!”
(Pierre Trudeau ~ Prime Minister of Canada ~ 1968 to 1984)

Merle Baird-Kerr…crafted July 1, 2013
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