I had just come home from the Post Office after mailing a birthday package to a friend. It was yet another sub - freezing day in Pennsylvania. In fact, I heard on the radio that this past month of February hadn't been this cold since 1979 - yikes, that was the year I graduated high school.
Yet I had encountered a postal worker with the sunniest disposition you could imagine. He made me feel warm and glad that I had ventured out. His words were something optimistic like 'Spring is coming on March 20th - not too much longer now'.
As I went about my day, I found that my Inspiration of the Day seemed to give the same upbeat message...
You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.
Waltz of the Flowers
I was inspired and admittedly a bit envious when Vicki Warner, of Life Talks - I Write, recently shared the beautiful floral evidence of Spring that is rearing its beautiful head in Sechelt, BC, Canada.
Imagine my delight when our very own Amaryllis recently bloomed. This is another holiday tradition, just like the paper whites, where I give a bulb to my gardening husband and we both get to enjoy the blossoms - as our first tease of the Spring to come in all her glory.
As I read about the history and origins of the amaryllis, also known as the belladonna lily, I smiled to learn that this beauty is native to South Africa. There is another beauty I know, who hails from South Africa. This regal and passionate flower will forever remind me of my friend's fiery red and sparkly (the Greek definition of amaryllis) personality.
We've come to associate this striking flower with the holidays.
As the legend goes, a shy, timid nymph named Amaryllis fell passionately in love with Alteo, a shepherd with Hercules' mighty strength and Apollo's unrelenting beauty.
Alas, her affections were in vain. Amaryllis sought counsel from the oracle of Delphi. Perhaps she could get noticed by giving him a rare flower - that had never been seen in the world before.
Following his instructions, Amaryllis dressed in maiden's white and appeared at Alteo's door for thirty nights, each time piercing her heart with a golden arrow. When Alteo finally opened his door, a striking crimson flower from the blood of Amaryllis's heart was what he found.
Today the amaryllis symbolizes pride, determination and radiant beauty.
You Should Be Dancin'...
My radio station had an evening of Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco music this past Friday. If this kind of music doesn't put a spring in your step then you don't have the sound turned up.
As I listened to an interview before the concert started, one of the musicians described Zydeco as 'the blues with a happy spin'. He described being on the road performing in concerts about 300 days in the year. To him, the biggest joy is seeing folks coming into a concert "tired and dragging" after a long day at work and leaving the show with a smile plastered on their face -- "all energized."
This is a song you may hear the next time you go to a wedding or a party. I just want you to get in practice so you can 'show your stuff' in this interactive line dance, where anything goes, really, a form of Zydeco.
So, now you know.
still Alice - In The Movies
I finally carved out time with a dear friend to see Still Alice in the movie theater.
This is a story, to me, that was equally powerful - both in the reading and the watching on the big screen.
As Alice, actress Julieanne Moore was most deserving of the Oscar for Best Actress in the 2015 Academy Awards.
I would give it a 5 stars, recommending it to my students and friends alike.
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