Happy Spring!

Awake, thou wintry earth –
Fling off thy sadness!
Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth
Your ancient gladness! 

~Thomas Blackburn, “An Easter Hymn”

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I love spring. Trees sprouting new leaves, flowers blooming, birds chirping and kids antsy to meet the new life that is springing up everywhere. I love driving down a windy street that is met at every turn with the sun blinking sunshiny hellos through the newly formed leaves framing its embrace. Spring brings promise of newness and awakening. Awareness that the earth and everything in it is willing to start afresh in sweetness and hope of greatness to come.

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Farms Grow and Cows Crow

“Cow! Cows can’t sleep.
Cows can’t sleep.
Cows can’t sleep
’cause they got that beat!

SWISH! CLANK! Swish-swish! Clank!
SWISH! CLANK! Swish-swish! Clank!
All that racket wakes Ol’…”

What’s more exciting that a midnight farm dance that gets bigger and bigger as the night goes on? Lindsey Craig and Marc Brown’s Farmyard Beat is dancing-silly-fun! Its just long enough not to get stale and fun enough to keep all ages entertained. So put on your boots, avoid the cow pies, and get dance’n! Swish-Clank!

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What is it?

Don’t you hate those morning when you wake up tired? You went to bed tired and yet the night just brought tossing and turning. Even more frustrating is that there isn’t a good reason or a specific “thing” you can put your finger on that causes you to drag in the morning…

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What Pediatricians Wish We Knew

I can remember the wallpaper. It was filled with blue, white, and gray clouds. The potty was so high off the ground I felt like I was in the clouds – in the most terrifying of ways. There were red airplanes flown by chubby brown bears. The sink was higher than a radio tower on an airport tarmac. This was the doctor’s office of my youth. Where I would sit nervously on crinkling paper, stare at the posters of anatomy, and wonder why soft round cotton balls were trapped in perfectly clear glass containers. I wanted to hold the soft circles to gain comfort. I wanted to get out of there as fast as I could. The lolly-pops tasted horrible, but I tried one every time I went in the hopes their sugar-free recipe had improved.

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Tracking February

If I was to give the month of February one descriptive word it would be “perseverance”. It’s not that the month was difficult per se in the sense that anything very serious was taking place, nor tragic, nor overly impressive of a project. Simply, it was just a month challenging my ability to stay on track, to persevere when temptation tried to veer me to other projects, and to say, “I think I can, I think I can, well darn it – I sound like a little old train, but I KNOW I CAN!”

The determined (and slightly crazy) Napoleon Bonaparte said, “Victory belongs to the most persevering.” and I believe we did just that in February. We achieved victory by the skin of our teeth – or wait, drum roll please – by one freshly cut tooth by Ms. Aurora K. Mack!

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