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The Everyday Wisdom Newsletter - April 2009
April 02, 2009

April 02, 2009

Well we have gotten past the Ides of March and are getting ready for the Ides of April, yes the dreaded April 15th...Tax day.

Important days in April:

The 5th is Palm Sunday, on the 8th at sundown Passover begins, Friday the 10th is Good Friday and Easter is on Sunday the 12th. This year the 15th, IRS day, falls on a Wednesday. Just think how nice it would be to not have all those forms to fill out, all the hassles. What would life be like if we had the Fair Tax? The last Friday in April is National Arbor Day. Take time to plant a tree.

We started the Poetry contest in January and the response has been great! This might be a good time to go to our poetry page and find a good springtime poem to send out to friends. If you create poetry or know someone that does, then join us in the April contest for your chance to win some cash. Entering the contest is easy.

The winner for the February's poem of the month is Stephani Perrault. The title for her poem is ďStep Up, Stand Out".

Here are some fun facts about Easter:

The name Easter comes from Eostre, an ancient Anglo-Saxon goddess, originally of the dawn. In pagan times, an annual spring festival was held in her honor.

Easter is now celebrated (in the words of the Book of Common Prayer) on the first Sunday after the full moon, which happens on or after March 21, the Spring Equinox. Therefore, it can occur on any Sunday from March 22nd on through April 25th. This year itís on Sunday the 12th of April.

Easter bonnets are a throw back to the days when the people denied themselves the pleasure of wearing finery for the duration of Lent. By tradition, it was obligatory (or at least lucky) for churchgoers to wear some bright new piece of clothing - at least an Easter bonnet, if not a complete new outfit.

In 1878, President Hayes and his wife Lucy officially opened the White House grounds to the children of the area for egg rolling on Easter Monday. The event has been held on the South Lawn ever since, except during World War I and World War II. During the war years the Easter Egg Roll was held at the National Zoo, and other Washington locations.

More people attend Easter services than they do Christmas services. Find a place of worship and take your family to worship together.

90 million chocolate Easter bunnies are made for Easter each year.

When taking a bite into a chocolate bunny, 76% of Americans prefer to bite off the ears first, 5% eat the feet first and 4% eat the tail first.

The first chocolate eggs were made in Germany in the 19th century and remain one of the most popular Easter candies today. Falling just short of Halloween, Easter is the biggest candy-consuming holiday.

Tip of the month...

Prune spring-blooming shrubs, such as forsythia and spirea, after they have completed flowering.

Remove sticks, rocks and other debris from your lawn to prevent damaging your lawnmower or injuring yourself when mowing. Check your lawnmower and other lawncare equipment in preparation for the coming season.

Put a birdhouse in the garden to attract insect-eating friends. Watch for Hummingbirds, get their feeders ready.

Prepare your beds. Turn the soil, improve the soil, improve drainage. However small your soil-based project may be, now is the time to prepare it. Many plants and vegetables can be planted after the last frost.

Check your smoke detectors and fire extinguishers.

Here are some articles that might help with getting ready for spring.

  • Create a Garden and Patio Design to Enjoy Year Round
  • Hummingbirds... Invite These Fine-Feathered Friends To Your Garden!
  • Buy some books on perennials

    Some humor to start the month off right.

    If you had purchased $1,000 worth of shares in Delta Airlines one year ago, you would have $49.00 today.

    If you had purchased $1,000 worth of shares in AIG one year ago, you would have $33 today.

    If you had purchased $1,000 worth of shares in Lehman Brothers one year ago, you would have $0 today.

    But if you had purchased $1,000 worth of beer one year ago, drank all the beer, then turned in the aluminum cans for recycling refund, you would have received $214.

    Based on the above, the best current investment plan is to drink beer and recycle. Itís called the 401-Keg.

    For more good jokes visit our humor index page.

    Our wisdom quote of the month...

    Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.~Mark Twain

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    Thank you for your continued support for visiting our website! As always we are open to ideas and suggestions. Enjoy the Spring.

    We hope that in some small way we have made a contribution to your life.

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