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MARCH - "To do nothing but grumble and not to act - that is throwing away one's life." (William Morris)

A bitterly cold dawn marked the end of February and took us into a promising March - lion-like and defender of Winter - until Spring coaxed away ferocity with guileless innocence. The power of goodness - of wholesomeness - can have the coat off your back - as in Aesop's fable, "The North Wind And The Sun". Classified as the power of persuasion over force, closer consideration leads me to believe it's a story of the strength that is in kindness. Reader's right! One of my very favourite children's novels is "The Children of Green Knowe" by Lucy Boston. (I read it to my grown-up children over Christmas each and every year.) This includes reference to Mr. Aesop and his tale of "The Ass In The Lion's Skin" where the ass finds that disguise cannot change who he actually is. C. S. Lewis  used the tale to deceive those who were willing to be persuaded of Aslan's return to Narnia. The brightness increases. For a number of days there was a gr

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FEBRUARY "Behind us our footprints lead back to the imperfections of knowledge and the frailties of our human world." (from "Song of the Rolling Earth, a Highland Odyssey" by John Lister-Kaye)

JANUARY - "Keep Your Eyes on the Stars and Your Feet on the Ground" Theodore Roosevelt

DECEMBER - “Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and it's beauty.” Albert Einstein

NOVEMBER - "There are always flowers for those who want to see them." Henri Matisse

OCTOBER - "O HUSHED OCTOBER MORNING MILD, BEGIN THE HOURS OF THIS DAY SLOW" - ROBERT FROST