Category: Make Me Think Monday

My Zinnias Are Blooming

I love the bright, daisy-like flower heads of Zinnias. They’re easy to grow, bloom profusely, and provide a great splash of color in a pot or flowerbed. A primarily warm weather flower, I missed seeing them when we …

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Memorial Day – Pause to Remember

Today we stand in awe of those who knew the risks, who accepted the odds, and who marched onward anyway. Those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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Busy, Busy Month of May

May signals the beginning of summer. Senior proms and pomp and circumstance graduation celebrations fill the days. End of school parties occupy weekends even before that last bell rings. The month is also full of military observances. Four …

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Debunking an April Proverb

The familiar proverb “April Showers Bring May Flowers” probably originated from the General Prologue of The Canterbury Tales: “Whan that Aprill, with his shoures soote The droghte of March hath perced to the roote.” Another version is traced …

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Poetry Reading Yeah or Nay?

April is National Poetry Month. According to Cynthia R. Green, poetry is a good way to keep our brains challenged and vibrant because Poetry engages our minds. “By its very nature, a good poem asks us to delve a …

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Where did April Fools’ Day Come From?

Today is officially April Fools’ Day, the day when pranks and pranksters abound. Playing jokes and tricking people, celebrated in many different cultures, has been around for centuries, but no one knows its origins for sure. My favorite …

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In Search of An Eraser

I read recently that Edward Nairne was the inventor of the rubber eraser. Before Nairne accidentally picked up a piece of rubber, bread was an eraser. Two facts I did not know. The bread as eraser sent all …

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St. Patrick – Did You Know?

We celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with parades, dancing, special foods, and a whole lot of green whether you have an Irish heritage or not. In Ireland the day was a mostly religious celebration. In fact, until the 1970s …

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What’s a Happiness Habit?

I recently read a blog about happiness and habits. The blog’s conclusion: happiness is an automatic response based on habits you establish. That got me thinking. What makes people happy? This 1970s embroidery sampler that hangs in my …

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What to do as Winter gives way to Spring

I read in a weather blog recently that “February is not Houston’s prettiest month” and I have to say, how true. February in Texas is the March of mountain states. Both are the months when Mother Nature is …

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