September

September

September was the 7th month of the Roman calendar, but is the ninth according to our reckoning.  The Anglo-Saxons called it 'gerst-monath,' - Barley month! Feast Days: September 21. St. Matthew September 28. St. Michael or Michaelmas Day Mottoes "Fair on September first, fair for the month'.  'Plant trees at Michaelmas & command them to [...]

May

May

April is gone.  Now, it is May. Splashes of color paint the landscape, in the pouring rain.  Garlands of pink cherry blossoms hang down against green trees, like ornaments, on a proscenium stage.  Tiny yellow leaves appear, on trees, as babies, waiting to mature. Sunshine jolts my moody spirit, where deep thoughts reside. It illuminates [...]

April, in April

I met a girl, or a young woman, I should say, this April.  She checked me out at the grocery store, and as she did so, I noticed her name.  "April!"  I thought, I've never met anyone named "April" in April, before, and I told her so.  She said she was born on the 30th [...]

April is Here!

Edith Holden wrote, in 1906: April The name of this month is derived from the Greek word for 'opening':  In many countries of Europe the first of April has for long been appropriated to a facetious custom for which no satisfactory origin has yet been assigned.  To send an ignorant or unsuspecting person on a [...]

Dying to Bloom

Dying to Bloom

Transitions of time, at 7:05 a.m. Red breasted robins hobbled on the grass, and bobbed for worms, on the muddy bare spots on the ground. Smaller black and white birds leapt from branch to branch. The invisible dove cooed, as day broke, And the train rumbled on its tracks. The viburnum was dying to bloom. [...]

March*Lenet – Monat

March*Lenet – Monat

March came in like a Lion, but the days keep getting longer, and spring it will bring. The Romans called it Martius, after the War-god, Mars, and for them it was the first month of the year, when the vigorous battle of life began again. But the Saxons called it Lenet-Monat, or Length-Month, because now [...]

Sprout Kale Slippeth Away

It's Cabbage Month! The time of year when kale sprouts shoot up out of the ground, although, I haven't seen any yet.  It is said that February was named Sprout Kale over a thousand years ago, by the Saxon's, who knew only winter and summer.  They followed the stars, and changes in the moon, to [...]