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|Wed, 04-01-2009 - 12:37pm|
April showers bring May flowers.
It's raining in some parts of Florida. That's good news three years into a state-wide drought. Just north of here the stiffest water restrictions in history are being enacted this Friday. (Wonder how much water will be spent watering lawns and washing cars before those things are taboo.) Only a week or so ago the weather lady warned we might not have any appreciable rain until June. This morning she gave us the good news there could be showers on multiple days this week.
People in some areas of the country would gladly trade places with the dry parts of Florida. Wouldn't it be grand if the extra wet of the Red River could be transferred to the shrinking levels of the Peace River, the Braden, the Alaphia? Of course, if that were possible, I could send you all a box of warmth for New Years.
April, we know, is National Poetry Month.
If, while writing the Great American Novel,you happen to run dry, try writing a poem. It helps unblock the dam. Writing poetry can also help add grace to your writing when you feel like you're just churning out words.
Thomas Jefferson's birthday is next Monday, April 13. He won't be around to eat the cake, though.
Today is Anne McCaffrey's birthday! Hans Christian Anderson was born on April 2. Washington Irving was born on the 3rd. Maya Angelou was born on April 4 (So was Muddy Waters.) Then we leap to April 10 - Joseph Pulitzer's birthday. Tom Clancy was born on the 12th. Eudora Welty and Samuel Beckett were both born April 13. Henry James was born on the 15th, which happens to be Leonardo da Vinci's birthday too. Vladimir Nabokov and William Shakespeare were born on April 23. Anthony Trollope was born on the 24th.
April is also Jazz Appreciation Month.
April 22 is Earth Day. (More on that later. This is your second warning.)
The last Friday in April is celebrated as Arbor Day. This year that would be the 24th (also a new moon).
Easter is April 12 this year.
Oh! And today is April Fools Day. And I'm not foolin'!