You might think of February as frosty and snowy, but in Ireland this is a delightful time of year. It’s when all the creatures start thinking spring thoughts – including the birds!
The Irish saying for getting married in February is:
When February birds do mate,
you may wed, nor dread your fate.
No need to dread – February is a wonderful time of year for a wedding! And if you live somewhere snowy, it’s even better, because you have a beautiful sparkling landscape around you to work with. Your love will keep you warm!
Photo by Lisa Shea
Nearly every culture has dolls and figurines as part of its tradition. These types of items serve many purposes. They help the adults teach history and culture to the younger members. Younger members can role-play with the items to make sense of how they might act in the world. Sometimes they are decorative, to add beauty to a home.
These Native American dolls were seen at the Native American museum in New Hampshire. I love the detailing on them.
A martini is usually vodka and vermouth. Vermouth is really white wine – so what’s better than the sparkling white wine from France!! The Chambord adds a touch of great flavor and cool color. It’s from France, too, of course.
French Martini Champagne Cocktail Recipe
The Irish traditional saying regarding getting married in January is:
Marry when the year is new,
always loving, kind, and true.
That’s a great message for anyone you know with January plans or anniversaries!
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Photo taken by Lisa Shea
These beautiful beaded baskets showcase how Native American art was often both beautiful and practical. Someone spent a great deal of time creating these baskets to hold designs and color. The baskets could be enjoyed visually and also did a good job holding items.
Baskets were seen at the Native American museum in New Hampshire.
Autumn is a season for counting our blessings. For realizing just how much we have in life where so many others are without. It can often be easy to take things for granted. Things which millions of people desperately dream of having. By pausing for a moment, and looking around with mindfulness, we can find a new center. Begin with fresh energy.
Artwork takes us on this journey of appreciating the beauty in every day. The shimmering violet of a flower’s petal. The rich glow of autumn foliage. The masterpiece of a luminous sunset.
Poetry shimmers with vision. The delicate parasol of Queen Anne’s lace. The coy flirtations of a luminous moon. The charcoal tears of raindrops in dust.
Fiction draws us in to worlds which could easily be our own. A grandmother whose memories gambol and fade. A woman who relives the fears of a long-distant past. A young man who treasures every day he has left to him.
Non-Fiction invites us into a fellow traveler’s world. A woman meets her adopted daughter for the first time. A brother comes to terms with the untimely passing of a beloved sister. A woman’s life takes a detour which strengthens her courage. A young girl survives a tragic accident and realizes she’s lucky to be alive.
We are all on this big blue marble for the fleetest of moments. A few whirls around a star and our journey is complete. There is so much to treasure in every day. There are so many fellow humans we can gently touch and lift up. If only with a smile – if only with a kind word.
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