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Wearing o’ the Green-Happy St Patrick’s Day

The color green has been associated with Ireland since at least the 1640s, when the green harp flag was used by the  Irish Catholic Confederation. Green ribbons and shamrocks have been worn on St Patrick’s Day since at least the 1680s.  Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, the color green and its association with St Patrick’s Day grew.  While not a legal holiday in the …

All You Need Is Love – Happy Valentine’s Day

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” ~ Charles M. Schulz   Love is the greatest emotion of all.  Whether it’s in the air or in bloom it makes us warm all over!  Falling in love wreaks havoc on you body, your heart races, your stomach is tied in knots, you’re on an emotional roller coaster!  Contrary, standing in love is …

Hygge – Coziness In The Heart of Winter

  In the  Danish language, hygge (pronounced “HUE-gah”) cannot be translated into English using a single word. Though there are many ways to describe hygge, most define it simply as the Danish ritual of enjoying life’s simple pleasures. Friends. Family. Graciousness. The definition of Hygge gave us three English words , friends, family and graciousness – combined under the heading of  simple pleasures. While I …

November Awakens Nostalga

       You are cordially invited to reminisce!  Let’s indulge in the enjoyable recollection of past events and allow the sentimental longing for yesterday a space at the table.  November, with Thanksgiving in the lead role seems a perfect time to allow  thoughts to meander as aimlessly as falling autumn leaves.  Let your world slow down, keep pace with the setting amber sun as it sinks …

Breaking Bread

“I cook with wine. Sometimes I even add it to the food.” -W.C. Fields We give food a lot of power. From holiday get-togethers to casual gatherings many of our favorite memories involve food. Breaking bread with others boosts our spirits and hopefully always be part of human story.  In certain settings sharing a meal with others provides the ability to forge relationships and celebrate, …

Independence Day

Americans are united by the summertime tradition surrounding Independence Day. Festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to family gatherings and barbecues are marked on calendars to indicate America’s birthday . In large and small towns alike families gather on either side of main street with their woven lawn chairs while children, with hands sticky from lemonade, perch on the curbs in heightened anticipation waiting for the …

The Feast of Saint Joseph

Feast Days Seasons of Sisterhood is non-denominational in our Christian faith and we profess that all celebrations of goodness are worthy of our recognition.  We celebrate  the seasonally secular and religious holidays with joy.  A Feast Day is observed as a Holy day by the Catholic Church and Anglican Communion.   Christianity is the world’s largest religion, with upwards of 2 billion followers on every continent. It is based …

How About A Slice of Silence to Calm your Soul

Listen and silent are spelled with the same letters.  The din of every day sound waves in constant commotion can set our nerves on edge like a steel garden hoe hitting a smooth dry rock.   There seems to be a constant background static of babel which harkens that the world has become all too insistent.  Buzzing technology, hullabaloo that passes for conversation, media uproar at decibels far above a comfort level will cause discomfort over …

A June Bride

A June Bride “Oh, they say when you marry in June, you’re a bride all your life; and the bridegroom who marries in June gets a sweetheart for a wife.” This line from the 1954 musical, “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” reinforces the tradition of being a “June Bride.”  June nuptials are practical in that the season of summer is ideal for beautiful outdoor ceremonies …

May Day – A Time To Plant Mental Motivational Seeds

In ancient times, people in the Northern hemisphere, set aside May 1st to celebrate spring. The earliest May Day celebrations appeared in pre-Christian times with the festival of Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers.  May 1st was then considered the first day of summer. As Europe became Christianized, the pagan holidays lost their religious character and May Day changed into a popular secular celebration. Perhaps the …