Make Mother’s Day Heartwarming and Personal

Mother's Day,

Oh, there are so many days I wish my mother was still here, not just because it is Mother’s Day, but because of the type of person and Godly mother she was. I wish I had the opportunity to sit and talk with her one more time. Today, we celebrate mothers, be they biological, adoptive, step, surrogates, aunts, sisters or guardians.

More often than not, people want that personal touch, to be held and spoken to, not through a text message or e-mail, but with that human-to-human connection. So step away from your artificial devices today and if you have a mother or someone who is like a mother to you who is still living, call her or pay her a visit if you live near her. Make the people who are near and dear to you feel that way. Don’t let artificial technology create the illusive divide that makes something special become an afterthought. Kudos to all of you who are putting something extra special into your celebrations with your special mom!

Happy Mother’s Day! 

 

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Cinco de Mayo: Food, Culture, Fun and Festive

Grilled Fish Tacos, Cinco de Mayo

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It’s time to get your Cinco de Mayo Jarabe Tapatío (Mexican Hat Dance) on, as we celebrate Cinco de Mayo this weekend. After all of the dancing and festive indulgences, kick back and enjoy a few appetizers that make your May 5th celebration ¡muy deliciosa!

Here are two easy-to-make ideas that will add an appetizing punch of goodness to your holiday food spread. First, this Grilled Fish Tacos with Lime Cabbage Slaw recipe by Jaclyn at Cooking Classy, delivers an incredible flavor combination using fish as your primary ingredient. This taco will knock your socks off. It only takes 20 minutes to prepare, 8 minutes to cook and serves 3. Click here for the recipe.


Cinco de Mayo, Mexican Recipes

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Are you ready for this recipe for Slushy Margarita Shots by Click here for the recipe on how to make these Cinco de Mayo Slushy Margarita Shots. Enjoy!

Happy #FoodPornFriday!

It’s Industrial Workers of The World Day Better Known as May Day!

May Day, International Workers Day

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Did you know that May Day is also known as International Workers’ Day? Typically we think about children dancing and twirling bright colored ribbons around the Maypole. Many people do not realize that May Day has its origins in the United States of America.

According to the Industrial Workers of The World:

In the late nineteenth century, the working class was in constant struggle to gain the 8-hour work day. Working conditions were severe and it was quite common to work 10 to 16 hour days in unsafe conditions.

On May 1, 1886, more than 300,000 workers in 13,000 businesses across the United States walked off their jobs in the first May Day celebration in history. In Chicago, the epicenter for the 8-hour day agitators, 40,000 went out on strike with the anarchists in the forefront of the public’s eye. With their fiery speeches and revolutionary ideology of direct action, anarchists and anarchism became respected and embraced by the working people and despised by the capitalists.

So whether you’re a workers advocate or dancing around a May Pole, have a terrific May Day commemoration.

Sharing Special Moments on National Siblings Day

Sisters, National Siblings Day

Today is National Siblings Day (also referred to as Sibling Day). If your sibling is identified as one of the following: sisters, brothers, step sisters, step brothers, half sisters, half brothers, cousins, aunts, uncles or good friends that you consider a sibling, then send an extra shout-out to them. 
brothers, National Siblings Day

Sibling Day is celebrated annually on April 10, although we do not need a designated time to reach out and share some heartwarming moments with our siblings. Yeah, we may argue and fight from time to time, getting on each other’s nerves, but those are memories we eventually laugh about and then move on.

twins, National Siblings Day

So pull out those photo albums and videos, smile and remember. If you have a sibling(s) who is no longer with you, light a special candle today, pull out a picture of them and/or simply write their name on a piece of paper, smile and remember.

National Siblings Day , sisters

Here’s a toast to another reason for us to celebrate our siblings on #NationalSiblingsDay

William Wordsworth, Poetry on An April Morning

William Wordsworth, Poetry

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Today, during National Poetry Month we commemorate the birthday of William Wordsworth (April 7, 1770 – April 23, 1850). This major English Romantic poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped to launch the Romantic Age in English literature. His magnum opus is generally considered to be The Prelude, a semiautobiographical poem of his early years. This work was posthumously titled and published, before which it was generally known as “The Poem to Coleridge.

In celebration of National Poetry Month, we are featuring his poem, It Was An April Morning Fresh and Clear.

It Was An April Morning: Fresh And Clear
by William Wordsworth

It was an April morning: fresh and clear
The Rivulet, delighting in its strength,
Ran with a young man’s speed; and yet the voice
Of waters which the winter had supplied
Was softened down into a vernal tone.
The spirit of enjoyment and desire,
And hopes and wishes, from all living things
Went circling, like a multitude of sounds.
The budding groves seemed eager to urge on
The steps of June; as if their various hues
Were only hindrances that stood between
Them and their object: but, meanwhile, prevailed
Such an entire contentment in the air
That every naked ash, and tardy tree
Yet leafless, showed as if the countenance
With which it looked on this delightful day
Were native to the summer.–Up the brook
I roamed in the confusion of my heart,
Alive to all things and forgetting all.
At length I to a sudden turning came
In this continuous glen, where down a rock
The Stream, so ardent in its course before,
Sent forth such sallies of glad sound, that all
Which I till then had heard, appeared the voice
Of common pleasure: beast and bird, the lamb,
The shepherd’s dog, the linnet and the thrush
Vied with this waterfall, and made a song,
Which, while I listened, seemed like the wild growth
Or like some natural produce of the air,
That could not cease to be. Green leaves were here;
But ’twas the foliage of the rocks–the birch,
The yew, the holly, and the bright green thorn,
With hanging islands of resplendent furze:
And, on a summit, distant a short space,
By any who should look beyond the dell,
A single mountain-cottage might be seen.
I gazed and gazed, and to myself I said,
‘Our thoughts at least are ours; and this wild nook,
My EMMA, I will dedicate to thee.’
—-Soon did the spot become my other home,
My dwelling, and my out-of-doors abode.
And, of the Shepherds who have seen me there,
To whom I sometimes in our idle talk
Have told this fancy, two or three, perhaps,
Years after we are gone and in our graves,
When they have cause to speak of this wild place,
May call it by the name of EMMA’S DELL.

Happy #NationalPoetryMonth

Observing the Birthday of Algernon Charles Swinburne during National Poetry Month

Algernon Charles Swinburne, National Poetry Month, Victorian Poet

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We continue celebrating National Poetry Month, as we observe the birthday of Algernon Charles Swinburne (April 5, 1837—April 10, 1909). The poetic style of this English poet and critic, outstanding for prosodic innovations and noteworthy as the symbol of mid-Victorian poetic revolt, is highly individual and his command of word-color and word-music is striking. Swinburne’s technical gifts and capacity for prosodic invention were extraordinary, but too often his poems’ remorseless rhythms have a narcotic effect, and he has been accused of paying more attention to the melody of words than to their meaning.

Today we feature the poem, from Anactoria, by one of the most accomplished lyric poets of the Victorian era, Algernon Charles Swinburne.

from Anactoria
by Algernon Charles Swinburne

after Sappho

Yea, thou shalt be forgotten like spilt wine,
Except these kisses of my lips on thine
Brand them with immortality; but me –
Men shall not see bright fire nor hear the sea,
Nor mix their hearts with music, nor behold
Cast forth of heaven, with feet of awful gold
And plumeless wings that make the bright air blind,
Lightning, with thunder for a hound behind
Hunting through fields unfurrowed and unsown,
But in the light and laughter, in the moan
And music, and in grasp of lip and hand
And shudder of water that makes felt on land
The immeasurable tremor of all the sea,
Memories shall mix and metaphors of me.

#NationalPoetryMonth

Shining the Spotlight on Maya Angelou during National Poetry Month

Maya Angelou, Poet, National Poetry Month

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Today we observe the birthday of Maya Angelou, an American poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist during National Poetry Month. Born Marguerite Annie Johnson (April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) Angelou is credited for publishing seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received numerous awards and more than 50 honorary degrees.

In honor of this accomplished poet, we are featuring her poem, Touched By An Angel, as we celebrate National Poetry Month.

Touched By An Angel
by Maya Angelou

We, unaccustomed to courage
exiles from delight
live coiled in shells of loneliness
until love leaves its high holy temple
and comes into our sight
to liberate us into life.

Love arrives
and in its train come ecstasies
old memories of pleasure
ancient histories of pain.
Yet if we are bold,
love strikes away the chains of fear
from our souls.

We are weaned from our timidity
In the flush of love’s light
we dare be brave
And suddenly we see
that love costs all we are
and will ever be.
Yet it is only love
which sets us free.