It’s A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

The town I live in  has long been on the frontlines of diversity. In the 1960s it was the first town in America to integrate its schools voluntarily. It is home to more than 20 synagogues, a Bahai temple, an Ethical Culture Society, an Islamic mosque, a Kingdom of Jehovah’s Witnesses, a Syrian Orthodox church, Orthodox Jewish synagogues, Conservative Jewish congregations, Reform Jewish temples, as well as Baptist, Christian. Science, Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist, Pentecostal, Presbyterian, and Catholic churches. Our Mayor is Muslim and the Deputy Mayor is an Orthodox Jew.

As I took my walk through town on Monday morning I noticed these signs on many lawns

The message “Hate Has No Home Here” is written in 5 languages along with English. I am proud to live in a place that sends this message in these turbulent times.

Here are some of the other sights I saw, sure signs that Spring is on the way

Then I paused for a moment under this Dogwood that is beginning to bloom. It stands in front of my neighbor Vita’s house. We always call it Vita’s Tree, and think of her when its blooms begin to show. She died about 7 years ago from a brain tumor and suffered a great deal for over a year before she died. I am always happy to see the blooms and remember how much she loved that tree and how happy it made her. Better times.

and of course my feathered friends. This Junco usually leaves come Spring, but I guess he likes the sights too.

Spring is upon us at last!

Share Your World

Have you ever participated in a distance walking, swimming, running, or biking event? Tell your story.

I am not a biker or swimmer, but I do walk alot and love it. I have never participated in any kind of walking event though. My husband and I walked 12 miles through a park that crosses through a few towns in our area one Sunday. My idea was to park a car at each end so we wouldn’t have to walk back- I figured 6 miles was enough, but he thought better of it and we left both cars at one end. We reached the end of the 6 miles, sat down and had lunch and he said he wished we had the car. Oh well. We walked back and slept very well that night.

Name one thing not many people know about you.

Hmmmm. That’s a hard one since I feel I have revealed so much about myself on my blog, and in “real life” basically what you see is what you get. I think people are surprised when I tell them I can be quick to anger- those who have not experienced it first hand, that is. I can have a short fuse and I also have the ability to cut people out of my life pretty easily. My father was like that, so I don’t know if it is learned behavior or partly just how I am wired. It is not something I like about myself, but have a hard time changing. I am always being put into the “escalation” department when on the phone trying to sort something out with an insurance company or the likes because I lose my temper and start yelling.

What is your favorite flower?

Hydrangea. I do love Peonies. Oh and I must include Bleeding Hearts. They are a miracle to look at.

Things I want to have in my home (paintings, hot tubs, book cases, big screen tv etc)

I just sent 8 huge garbage bags off this morning with Purple Heart donation center- I am trying to rid the house of the extras I don’t need that are taking up space. I do love the books and the knick knacks that hold special meaning because they were gifts, and some of the paintings hanging on the walls for the same reason.

Grateful everyday.Share Your World

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring is NOT in the Air

I woke up this morning, checked the weather and was greeted with this:
13°
CLEAR
feels like 0°
H 39° / L 22°
I would like to remind you that on Thursday the temperature here was 68 degrees. The poor trees and flowers are so confused, their blossoms and buds appearing only to wake up this morning to well below freezing temps. Mother nature has gone mad, perhaps a reflection of the current state of the United States. Here are some of the hints of spring that I saw last week, and hope can survive this cold snap!
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