A gush of bird-song, a patter of dew,
A cloud and a rainbow's warning,
Suddenly sunshine and perfect blue...
An April day in the morning.
-- Harriet Spofford
The lyric sound of laughter
Fills all the April hills
The joy-song of the crocus,
The mirth of daffodils.
-- Clinton Scollard
Make me over, Mother April,
When the sap begins to stir!
When thy flowery hand delivers
All the mountain-prisoned rivers,
And thy great heart beats and quivers,
To revive the days that were.
-- Richard Hovey
All through the long winter, I dream of my garden. On the first day
of spring, I dig my fingers deep into the soft earth. I can feel
its energy, and my spirits soar. -- Helen Hayes
Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!" -- Robin Williams
...If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring...I would go to more dances. I would ride more merry-go-rounds. I would pick more daisies. -- Nadine Stair
On This Day, April 15th, In...
1452 Leonardo da Vinci was born in Anchiano, Italy -
artist, sculptor, scientist, visionary (1452-1519) "Leonardo da Vinci was like a man who awoke too early in the
darkness, while the others were all still asleep"-- Sigmund Freud
A new self-portrait of Leonardo da Vinci, painted before 1482, was
found in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
To read about the portrait, go to
1684 Birthdate of Catherine I, empress of Russia
1800 James Ross discovers North Magnetic pole
1817 1st American school for the deaf opens (Hartford CT)
1865 President Abraham Lincoln dies at 7:22 am, the morning after being shot by John Wilkes Booth. Lincoln was carried to a boarding house across the street from the theatre. He never regained consciousness.
1877 1st telephone installed Boston-Somerville MA
1910 William Howard Taft is 1st US President to throw out a 1st ball at a baseball game
1912 The "unsinkable" luxury liner, "Titanic", sank at 2:27 a.m., 2 1/2 hours after striking an iceberg on its maiden voyage from England to New York City.
1933 Elizabeth Montgomery, born in Los Angeles California, actress (Bewitched)
1945 British and Canadian troops liberate Nazi camp of Bergen-Belsen
1947 Jackie Robinson breaks the color barrier and becomes the first African-American player in major league baseball, a sport segregated for more than 50 years.
1961 "Music Man" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 1375 performances
1971 George C. Scott refused the Oscar for his Best Actor performance in "Patton" at the 43rd Annual Academy Awards ceremony
1990 Greta Garbo actress (Anna Karenina, Camille), dies at 84
1997 Baseball honors Jackie Robinson by retiring #42 for all teams, in a ceremony attended by over 50,000 people.
An Angel Called Her Name
In 2000 I was walking to work. I had to go underneath a bridge, so as I am just walking out from under the bridge I heard someone call my name real, real, loud...Barbara!!! I stopped and turned around and no one was there. I just stood for a few seconds thinking "Oh, how weird".
Just then 2 cars got into an accident and the tire from one of the cars came flying at me and just dropped at the bottom of my feet! I know it was an Angel that knew what was going to happen. If I hadn't heard someone call my name I most likely would have died or been seriously hurt.
Thank God no one was hurt too bad in that accident. I sat with one of the accident victims until help arrived. -- Barbara S.
Rudy's Angel March 1, 2000
I walked into the grocery store not particularly interested in buying groceries. I wasn't hungry. The pain of losing my husband of 37 years, Rudy, was still too raw and this grocery store held so many sweet memories.
Rudy often came with me and almost every time he'd pretend to go off and look for something special. I knew what he was up to. I'd always spot him walking down the aisle with the three yellow roses in his hands. Rudy knew I loved yellow roses.
With a heart filled with grief, I only wanted to buy my few items and leave, but even grocery shopping was different since Rudy had passed on. Shopping for one took time, a little more thought than it had for two. Standing by the meat, I searched for the perfect small steak and remembered how Rudy had loved his steak.
Suddenly a woman came beside me. She was blond, slim and lovely in a soft green pantsuit. I watched as she picked up a large pack of T-bones, dropped them in her basket, hesitated, and then put them back.
She turned to go and once again reached for the pack of steaks. She saw me watching her and she smiled. "My husband loves T-bones, but honestly, at these prices, I don't know." I swallowed the emotion down my throat and met her pale blue eyes. "My husband passed away eight days ago," I told her. Glancing at the package in her hands, I fought to control the tremble in my voice. "Buy him the steaks and cherish every moment you have together."
She shook her head and I saw the emotion in her eyes as she placed the package in her basket and wheeled away. I turned and pushed my cart across the length of the store to the dairy products. There I stood, trying to decide which size milk I should buy. A quart, I finally decided and moved on to the ice cream section near the front of the store. If nothing else, I could always fix myself an ice cream cone.
I placed the ice cream in my cart and looked down the aisle toward the front. I saw first the green suit, then recognized the pretty lady coming towards me. In her arms she carried a package. On her face was the brightest smile I had ever seen. I would swear a soft halo encircled her blond hair as she kept walking toward me, her eyes holding mine. As she came closer, I saw what she held and tears began misting in my eyes.
"These are for you," she said and placed three beautiful long stemmed yellow roses in my arms. "When you go through the line, they will know these are paid for." She leaned over and placed a gentle kiss on my cheek, then smiled again.
I wanted to tell her what she'd done, what the roses meant, but still unable to speak, I watched as she walked away as tears clouded my vision. I looked down at the beautiful roses nestled in the green tissue wrapping and found it almost unreal. How did she know?
Suddenly the answer seemed so clear. I wasn't alone. "Oh, Rudy, you haven't forgotten me, have you?" I whispered, with tears in my eyes. He was still with me, and she was his angel. --- Author Unknown -- Sent in by Caroline Dent, Wisconsin & Ruth Mack of South Dakota (Used by permission from Marlene Blaszczyk at Motivate Us.com)
THE ANIMALS' CORNER
Aren't these baby chicks adorable?
Now that Spring is here, some wonderful things are happening: warm weather, blooming flowers -- and these fuzzy little birds poking their heads out of their eggshells.
Is there anyone who doesn't love to hold one? So soft and cuddly,
so trusting and so completely at the mercy of human beings.
Male chicks are worthless to the egg industry because they don't lay eggs and they're too small to be used for flesh, so every year millions of them are tossed into trash bags to suffocate or are thrown - while still alive - into high-speed grinders called "macerators".
People are also shocked to learn that baby chicks have their beaks cut off with a hot blade when they are born and that chickens are often killed without being knocked unconscious first, which of itself is a mind-boggling way to treat animals.
How many people would even think of knocking their cat, dog or horse in the head or dumping them into boiling water while still alive?
Unfortunately this is a reality for those chicks raised to be used for food by companies like KFC, the fast-food chain that every year kills 850 million baby chicks, starting when they are just 6 weeks old!
Their chickens are forced to live in terrible conditions throughout their short lives and are then killed in horrible ways that would give us nightmares if we had to stand there and watch it. After reading this, you probably want to learn about ways to help.
What We Can Do
The best thing that we can do for chickens is to stop eating them or their eggs. Eat tofu scramble instead of scrambled eggs, use egg replacer in our baked goods, and try some of those delicious veggie "meats" at our next barbecue. Call 1-888-VEG-FOOD or visit
to order a free vegetarian starter kit. Now when we see pictures of those precious little chicks, we can smile knowing that we are doing something to help them!
This baby is still alive, standing in a
dumpster on the bodies of other male chicks
discarded by the egg industry.
(Please note: This is not criticism of a country, but another of those abhorrent things for which all our governments are either responsible or which they allow, such as wars.) "You may have seen some of the heartbreaking footage of hundreds of thousands of baby harp seals slaughtered in Canada earlier this year.
This is the largest slaughter of marine mammals in the world, and it began in March this year, right off the East Coast of Canada. During this barbaric hunt, the seals, including young pups only 2 weeks old, are beaten with clubs, shot, impaled on hooks, and even skinned alive for their fur.
This abuse is well documented: An independent veterinary report in 2001 found that in 40% of the kills, a sealer had to strike the seal a second time. When the veterinarians examined the skulls of killed seals, 42% were found to have minimal or no fractures, suggesting a high probability that these seals were conscious when skinned. Now the fisheries minister has increased the number of seals allowed to be killed...to more than 1,000,000 over the next three years! To read more, click here
"Please send polite but very firm letters asking the Fisheries Minister to decrease the allowable seal kill so that increased numbers of seals do not suffer this agony...also ask him to strengthen the marine mammal regulations currently under review to include the method by which these animals are hunted and to ensure that these regulations are strictly enforced:
The Honourable Geoff Regan
Minister of Fisheries & Oceans
House of Commons
Parliament Bldgs, Wellington St.
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6
Canada - firstname.lastname@example.org
Right Honorable Paul Martin Prime Minister
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6,
"Please also send letters to the above address asking the Prime Minister to pass legislation banning seal hunting entirely in Canada."
"Quantum Touch appears to be the first
technique that may truly allow us
all to become healers." Dr. C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D.
Founding President of the American Holistic Medical Association
"Five minutes before I started a Quantum-Touch lecture at Chicago's Transitions Bookstore, a mother brought her little daughter, Sally, to see if it could help the girl's bowed legs. Sally's knees were very far apart when she was standing, so I stood her on the chair and worked on her hips for about five minutes. She just stood there calmly and trusting. After the 5 minutes, I asked her mom to take Sally around the store and 'let everything integrate'.
"During my lecture the mother said, "I want you all to see this." She explained how both of Sally's knees were so bowed that it was painful for Sally to walk and even painful to watch her daughter walk. Sally had also been undergoing painful physical therapy for her bowed legs on a regular basis with no obvious results. In the back of the store, there is a chain across the door. Before the lecture, Sally was not able to reach up and touch it. She told Sally that in another year, she would be tall enough to reach it. "Just now, Sally reached up for a chain, and with her knees straight she could easily reach it." Mom and grandma were very thrilled. The audience clapped and cheered when the mom told her story and some people had tears in their eyes. In subsequent visits, Sally's knees have remained straight. I've often seen extraordinary healings with Quantum-Touch, but we don't always get the photos to document it." --Terry Negri, Certified Quantum-Touch Instructor -- Visit the Quantum Touch website.
ARTIST'S NOTE: My husband and I took a weekend Quantum Touch training course and it was really amazing. A good friend of ours said that some intense pain she had been having for months was gone the next day. In the June newsletter there will be good news for the animals. People are finally becoming more aware, and one single person can have a great deal of influence on thousands of others! This is a quote from an editorial in the Bend Oregon Weekly News: "You are more powerful than you think. Purchase with consciousness and compassion, and the whole world will thank you."
**Love and Peace to everyone!
** "Simply writing, typing or reading those words - Love and Peace - evokes a higher vibration within you, and the spoken words create even greate impact. Imagine the massive power you are generating by feeling love and working for peace!" - Matthew
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