Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Collage...for January...2014

From Planet Earth Calendar (2010)

Rivers of Life:  In many ways, the river systems of Planet Earth are like the circulatory system of the  human body.  Certainly, water is the very life blood of our planet.  Without accessible fresh water, life cannot be sustained.  There are rivers in all parts of the world, except Antarctica.  Rivers are constantly being renewed...swelling with rains, floods and melting snows.  A variety of animals and plant life abounds beside the banks.  Man has also learned to divert the path of rivers in order to bring sustenance to more remote areas. Nature also diverts the course of rivers...refusing to be blocked.  Rivers bring nourishment.  They carry minerals and organic matter produced by erosion as the river runs its course.  They also provide us with an abundant of fish that thrive in the waters.  Just as we must guard against loss of precious blood in our bodies, so we must commit ourselves to preserving the purity and bounty of our rivers.
“Give a man a fish...and he'll eat for a day.
Teach him to fish...and  you'll get rid of him
for the whole weekend.”
(Viewed in a Deli Shoppe in Southbury, Connecticut)

Advice from the Canadian Red Cross

Winters in Canada are cold.  Be Prepared!  Know the Dangers of Ice!  Always check the ice thickness with local authorities before heading out.  Avoid going out on ice at night.

Did You Know?
(from the Canadian Wildlife Federation 2014 Calendar)

Red Foxes are exceptionally in tune with their senses...acute hearing helps them detect movement underground and their keen sense of smell helps them locate their prey.

MADD Facts
Mothers Against Drunk Drivers has a lot of parents.
MADD is committed to helping parents, especially those with  high-schoolers, to navigate talking with teens about alcohol.  Your support enables parents to prevent the next generations of drunk drivers with directive 1-877-MADD-HELP.  Learn more

FACT ~ on average, one in three people
will be involved in a drunk-driving-crash in their lifetime!

Special Event Days

January 1 (Wednesday) ~ New Year's Day
January 7 (Tuesday) ~ Orthodox Christmas
January 11 (Saturday) ~ Sir John A. MacDonald Day
January 14 (Tuesday) ~ Mohammed's Birthday
January 31 (Friday) ~ Chinese New Year

January Musing

The shortest day has passed and whatever nastiness of weather we may look forward to (January and February) least we notice the days are getting longer.  Minute by minute they lengthen out.  It takes some weeks before we come aware of the change. It is imperceptible even as growth of a child delighted, surprised us...we realize we can stay outdoors, when with the start of twilight lasting for another quarter of a precious hour.
(Vita Sackville-West)

Flower Garden Philosophy

“Plant a seed of Friendship; reap a bouquet of Happiness.”
(Lois L .Kaufman)

Compiled by Merle Baird-Kerr … January 1, 2014
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