Monday, May 2, 2016

Mother's Day Celebrates ALL Women



 By Solis-Cohen, Myer [No restrictions], via Wikimedia Commons

Card companies would like to have us think that Mother's Day is simply a day to remember women who gave birth.  However, if we look at the history of what was once called Mothers' Work Day, Mothering Day or Mother's Day for Peace, we learn that this day was a call for all women to join together and change the world.  

Poet, activist and woman, Julia Ward Howe is credited with the proclamation that brought women together:

"Arise, then, women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts, Whether our baptism be of water or of tears!"

Howe's call is still as powerful today, as it was in 1870.  Back then, she was calling for women to work towards peace in the world. Today, the call might be for peace, for an end to poverty, for aid to immigrants and refugees. No where in the proclamation by Howe does she call for families to spend money on women. 

According to The National Retail Federation, Americans spent approximately $21 billion dollars in 2015 on Mother's Day gifts.  If only half that amount was used to help those in need, think of all the good we could do! 

This Mother's Day, rather than spending hundreds of dollars on presents, flowers and cards, perhaps we can honor Mom by giving to her favorite charity, or donating money to a scholarship fund or sending aid to young girls in third world countries so that they may attend school.

In this day and age when families live miles apart and technology has invaded every part of our lives, the best gift we can give any woman in our lives - mother, sister, daughter, aunt, friend - is to spend time with them...sitting side by side sharing space.  No need to spend money.

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To all the women in my life - those who have given birth to children; those who have given birth to ideas; those who have nurtured families; those who have nurtured communities; those who have touched the hearts and minds of strangers and those who have touched the lives of people they have never met - to ALL those women, I send greetings of gratitude and love. Thank you for being who you are!  You have blessed so many.


Links to organizations that will honor your Mom with a donation to help others:

Save the Children 

A Child's Place 

Friendship Bridge

Urgent Action Fund for Women's Right

Monday, April 18, 2016

As Lovely As A Tree

The poet, Joyce Kilmer wrote the following poem: 

TREES

I think that I shall never see 
A poem lovely as a tree. 
 
A tree whose hungry mouth is pressed 
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast; 
 
A tree that looks at God all day, 
And lifts her leafy arms to pray; 
 
A tree that may in Summer wear 
A nest of robins in her hair; 
 
Upon whose bosom snow has lain; 
Who intimately lives with rain. 
 
Poems are made by fools like me, 
But only God can make a tree. 
 
I love trees...the following is a photo essay of the old Ironwood tree outside our local library. She is such a lovely creature! The pictures speak louder than any words I could write.
 
Enjoy!






For more information on Ironwood trees (also known as American Hornbeam) check out this link: http://plants.usda.gov/factsheet/pdf/fs_caca18.pdf