Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Positively Classic Dad's Day Out

by Mauverneen

If you love classic and antique cars you can find a cruise night nearly every night of the week. But this Sunday is one you really shouldn't miss. It is the 50th annual Classic Car Show at Oakbrook center. A Fathers Day tradition put on by the Illinois Region of the Classic Car Club of America, this year promises to be even more special.

Why is this one special? Besides cars from the 50's and 60's, there will be close to 50 Grand Classics - those gorgeous automobiles from the 30's and 40's that epitomized an era of class, flash, and style. Hollywood loved their automobiles - the bigger and more customized, the better! 

These are not just cars, but works of art and yes, a link to history. So come on out if you can. You won't be sorry. There's shopping and dining to entice those who aren't all that into cars. And a big band will be playing on the green so don't forget those dancing shoes! 




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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Positively World Environment Day

by Mauverneen

This year's theme is focusing on beating plastic pollution - "If you can't reuse it, refuse it!"


https://www.awarenessdays.com/awareness-days-calendar/world-environment-day-2018/

Plastic bags, water bottles and other containers fill a garbage can every two weeks in this house. I recycle but often wonder how effective that is. I bring my own canvas totes to the grocery store (I keep them in the car so I don't forget) and when given a choice - paper or plastic - I always request paper!

I am going to stop buying bottled water and get a large water cooler instead. There are all sorts; Small ones that fit on the counter and the big ones we're accustomed to seeing in offices. They may not be the prettiest addition to the d├ęcor but I think the view will still be better than seeing plastic bottles littering roadways, picnic grounds and creeks.

I think we all need to seriously consider refusing plastic - in one way or another. As someone recently said "There is no Planet B."


Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Positively Memorial Day

by Mauverneen





Why do we celebrate it and how did it start? It's more than just the beginning of the summer season and the Indy 500.

I think most of us know WHY we celebrate it. Memorial Day honors those who died in service to their country, Veterans Day honors all who served, and Armed Forces Day pays tribute to those currently serving. It seems that in recent years we have begun more and more to recognize and pay tribute to those who serve and who have sacrificed. 

According to Wikipedia, the decorating of soldier's graves with flowers in an ancient custom. Around the time of the Civil War, it became more prevalent. In 1868 it was officially termed "decoration day" and I do remember my own grandparents calling it that. Doylestown, PA and Rochester, WI have held Memorial Day Parades for well over 100 years. (since 1868 and 1867, respectively)

Memorial Day became the preferred name for this day of remembrance and was declared the official name of the holiday in 1967. Traditionally it had been celebrated on May 30, but in 1968 Congress passed the 'Uniform Monday Holiday Act', moving four holidays to a Monday to grant everyone a long weekend. It took a few years for all states to comply.
(read more here  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memorial_Day)



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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Positively Misty

by Mauverneen


Everything seems quieter on a misty morning. Calmer.

Trees are still. Raindrops cling to leaves and flower petals in rows of gleaming crystals.

No wind to shake them off.

Colors are bright, vivid, wet. Brilliant greens. Blacker tree trunks.

The sun is there, but it too is calm, muted. Taking a break as it were.

I feel refreshed. Calmer. No need to rush. I have time.




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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

A Positively Good Morning!

by Mauverneen

"Spring is nature's way of saying let's party!"     - Robin Williams


Spring is colorful. Staring out at gray days and bare trees for months sure does get depressing. But then - spring arrives.


It's not just the flowers popping up that are colorful, but the world. Skies are blue. Grass is green with pops of yellow dandelions. Trees are green and pink and white. And the birds! We have white, blue, red, orange, yellow - as colorful as the flowers at the garden center.


Do we ever get as tired of color as we do the gray landscapes of winter? Doubtful. We may yearn for the beach or the mountains or the lake, but take a minute and look around. The earth is happy - it's spring and Mother Nature is dipping into her paintbox once again!

"The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day he created Spring."   - Bernard Williams

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