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 décor 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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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Positively May Day

by Mauverneen

“At last came the golden month of the wild folk-- honey-sweet May, when the birds come back, and the flowers come out, and the air is full of the sunrise scents and songs of the dawning year.”
                                                                                                            ― Samuel Scoville Jr., Wild Folk


Exactly! Happy May Day!
     Traditionally the day to celebrate Spring, and in some cultures, a holiday.
Birds are singing, and migrating. The Juncos have finally moved on, the Finches are moving in and yesterday I saw a pair of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks at the feeder. 

Today, at least in my little corner of the world, Mother Nature is cooperating with a sunny, warm, morning. A day that is what all days should be - a day without a coat. It's always liberating when I walk out of the door and realize, I don't need a coat! and I think that's how life was meant to be lived. Unwrapped.

Ahhh spring. We've been waiting.


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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Positively - what?

by Mauverneen

If you're reading this... Congratulations, you're alive.  If that's not something to smile about, then I don't know what is.”  Chad Sugg, Monsters Under Your Head
Sometimes inspiration in in your face. Other days, it's nowhere.
      I spent yesterday wandering around the house, looking for inspiration; alternately putting things away from Sunday's Easter dinner, doing laundry, snacking, adding a word or two to my work in progress for The Dashboard which is quickly creeping past deadline, snacking, and staring at my computer wondering what in the world to write - both for my magazine articles and for my blog. None of which was getting it done. Maybe I should just be thankful I got the kitchen cleared and some clothes washed. But what I really wanted to find was some inspiration - some days it's worse than looking for those Easter eggs. 
      There are plenty of fun projects on my list, but I'm trying to be good and not think about them until my deadlines are met. A difficult task! It's always oh so tempting to jump ahead to the fun stuff.
      Today I know I won't get anything done at all. I will be spending some hours sitting in the hospital waiting for my mother who is having a procedure done as an outpatient. Which is probably why I was a little more anxious to get something done yesterday. I needed to see a little progress. So I stuck with it - on and off - more or less.
      At the end of the day, I actually could claim a little progress. And I did get some laundry done. 
       
   
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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Positively Encouraged

by Mauverneen

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

     No offense, but that is easier said than done, Mr. Tolkien! In my last blog I admitted to being overwhelmed lately with what life has thrown at me. I am trying very hard to organize my time but it's never been my strong suit so I am at a disadvantage. I've always worked better under a looming deadline. But honestly, I'm tired of that. I desperately want to be organized. To get things done, to live calm.
     I had a good weekend. I took some photos, found an Eagle's nest, had a private tour of a creepy old building, and went to a party.
     My middle daughter's birthday is on St. Patrick's day. And NO - her name is NOT Patricia. I always enjoy parties, especially my kids parties. They all invite me to come hang out with their friends. For that I am not only grateful, but proud. It does my heart good to know that they think I will fit in, enjoy their company, not be too 'mom-ish' for a few hours.
     And at this party someone asked my about my blog. My blog that I've been neglecting. And that felt good. Good to know there are people who actually read it, and look forward to it, and want me to keep at it. People I'm not related to.
     A word of encouragement, unexpected, can do wonders. It's Positively Tuesday, be that voice of encouragement for someone, that voice of kindness, that voice of friendliness. You may never know how much it means, but it just might make a difference.
     So to Kirsten and Deanna - Thank you. A toast:    
     “Head up, heart open. To better days! T.F. Hodge
   
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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Positively Not

by Mauverneen
                  At the end of a storm is a golden sky  -Richard Rogers

I have not published a blog in several weeks. I apologize. I have been dealing with some issues with a parent.
As a caregiver, living in the same house, my life really isn't always my own. Add to that the fact that she had to go to the hospital for an emergency procedure - well, it's been a little hectic. Seems I haven't had time to be positive.
I try not to complain, but my life being what it is, any narrative sounds like complaining. It is what it is. Wise words.
So, for today, I will concentrate on some projects I am working on. A photo book, a children's book, a novel, and putting together the next edition of a classic car magazine I publish. A lot to keep me busy and looking to the future!
I take a deep breath and think of the words to a song by Richard Rogers. I'm sure you know it.

When you walk through a storm
Hold your head up high
And don't be afraid of the dark
At the end of a storm is a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of a lark
Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain
Tho' your dreams
Be tossed and blown
Walk on
Walk on
With hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone
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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Positively Lenten Eve

by Mauverneen

     An American has not seen the United States until he has seen Mardi-Gras in New Orleans. -Mark Twain                                                                                

       Mardi Gras. Fat Tuesday. Shrove Tuesday. Carnival.      Hurricanes, Paczki, pancakes or crawfish. Same tradition, different foods. Of course the idea is to eat, drink, and party because tomorrow is the day we have to give it all up. No more fun until Easter. It has merit, even if you're not religious. 
     It never hurts to put over-indulgence on hold. Give up smoking, give up drinking, give up swearing... maybe by Easter Sunday we will have kicked at least one bad habit. Like I said, even if you're not religious, the idea of fasting, or being temperate, has merit. 

     “Lent is a time for discipline, for confession, for honesty... ” N.T. Wright

     It is Positively Tuesday after all. Maybe I can give up complaining? For more than just Tuesdays, maybe for 40 days. I can try. 
     Today is Fat Tuesday, or to make it sound better, Mardi Gras. Almost anything sounds better en français, n'est-ce pas?

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Positively Vacay Planning

by Mauverneen

“When all else fails, take a vacation.”  Betty Williams

Today is National Plan for Vacation Day. It's an effort by the travel industry to persuade Americans to use Jan. 30 as a day to schedule their vacations for the year and take advantage of any paid time off they are entitled to from their jobs. Sounds like a plan.

Too bad it can't be done in one day though. My vacation planning takes daaaays. I research, I look at photos, I read up, I research more. When I go somewhere - anywhere - I want to squeeze in everything I can. In case I never make it back there. And in the case of an exotic, far away locale, I probably won't. 

There are four places on my so-called 'bucket list'. Places that have been there forever. Although my list is much longer and new places get added all the time, and I have been to a number of awesome destinations, these four have been constant, capturing my imagination from an early age. 

Tibet
Cuba
Pompeii
Alaska

I'm thinking it's time to check one of them off that list - I need to make room for more.

“No man needs a vacation so much as the man who has just had one.” ― Elbert Hubbard


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