April Born

This Month in History

  • Walter Hunt received his patent for the safety pin in 1849.
  • In 1853, Cincinnati became the first in the U.S. to employ a full-time, professional fire department.
  • James Cash Penney began his mark in the retail industry. In 1902, he opened his first store, Golden Rule – before branching out and changing the name to J.C. Penney.
  • In 1922, Annie Oakley shot 100 clay targets in a row (which was considered a record-setting feat). She used her expertise to train other women – as well as, members of the military.
  • Jackie Robinson made his major league baseball debut, playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers, in 1947 – and earning the title, Rookie of the Year. The coveted award was later renamed (Jackie Robinson Award) in his honor.
  • In 1952, Mr. Potato Head made its television debut – being the first toy ever advertised.
  • Harold Washington was elected mayor of Chicago in 1983. His even-handed approach worked to bring reform in a seemingly segregated system.
  • CERN released the World Wide Web in 1993.
  • In 2004, Shrek was found after 6 years on the run!.. Viewers watched as the sheep had his 15-inch, 59lb fleece cut on live broadcast.

Scenic Route

Have you ever considered a cross country escape? One with scenic, panoramic views. Like now. ..when nature comes alive!

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This could be a great time to explore the landscape…
National Parks via rail
Scenic Train experience
Canadian Rockies

Scenic Routes from around the world


Names Inspired by Nature

  • Raven – from the stout bird
  • Daisy – from the grassland flower
  • Laurel – from the evergreen shrub/tree
  • Peony – from the floral herbaceous plant
  • Sierra – mountain range
  • Viola – violet
  • Ayaka – flower
  • Avis – bird
  • Samantha – flower
  • Violet – purple flower
  • Myrtle – from the evergreen shrub
  • Susan – lily
  • Rosita – rose
  • Holly – from the holly tree
  • Flora – flower
  • Acacia – from the tree/shrub
  • Willow – from the shrub/tree
  • Ashley – ash tree-meadow-forest clearing

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Nature Inspired Accessories

Azule-12 merino wool scarf

A lightweight, merino wool find you can wear as a wrap or scarf. Perfect for the season.

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A versatile accessory that works great with the merino wool wrap (shown above)…

● 100% cotton clutch with leather accents
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Meaning:    Earth – Worker of the Land; Cultivator; Grower of…

Agriculture is an essential part of our ancestral progress. The development and use of farming contributed to the advancement of early cultures. Indeed, it’s relevant. Yet, when considering the significance of the name George, I want to look beyond the obvious. Not restricting the concept of cultivation to only land work, a Cultivator – prepares, develops, and grows.

America has seen its share of (George-alum) Cultivators. Growers of innovation, consumer goods, social awareness, legislation, creative works, research, sporting tools, machines, teaching methods, and works in electrical power. And like traditional cultivation, their efforts that sprung many years ago continues to benefit society today.


  • Consider your foundation
  • Dedicate the necessary effort
  • Nurture growth
  • Observe and protect
  • Expect results

George Washington Carver, one of the most noted Cultivators, offered this advice: Stop making excuses, because…”Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.”

Go – Get – It

Art by Patricia Griffin
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Meaning:  To Burst Forth; Transition; Renewal; Growth

Spring began as a surname before being adopted as a first name. In America, its most popular use was in the 1970s, inspired by the seasonal transition when nature seems to wake with activity. A depiction of youth, life, renewal and growth.

This time of year, I am often inspired to take from nature’s cues. The sound of birds heartens me to seize the moment. The warmth of the sun arouses my need to break from technology. Growth and newness of life reminds me of my own journey, and the progress achieved.

During this time of transition, think of how far you’ve come… Embrace the journey.


Like a butterfly
I was in the shadows…
A dark yet significant place
The journey between the old and new me.
Behold the marks of progress…
My growth before beauty
In this showcase of splendor
I am still growing…

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Name Meaning: Angel
Alternative Words: Beacon; Messenger

I was in a rush. It was early. Foggy out. I was unsure of myself. Thoughts of doubt began. Did I forget somethingHow do I look… My morning wasn’t starting right.

As I began mulling over my hair, a woman walked up to me, and said…
“I don’t know you, but I had to say… Your hair is beautiful.”

Wow! How did she know my troubles?!… I was amazed and relieved at the same time. Her kindness dispelled my worries. And I was filled with gratitude. In that moment, she was like an angel.

Angels have been known to take on a variety of roles:

 Divine Governors

They’re not always understood or easy to explain, but their impact remain. Society is filled with their inspiration… sports, art, music, organizations, including – the establishment of ‘Los Angeles’. No surprise… first names were also inspired. Angela gives simple-tribute to their presence.


Name Meaning:
Bright and High; Enlightened

What drives a man to believe?
…To hold to a vision …To cling to hope
And act with purpose…

The first, most-noted name bearer was a man of courage. During the reign of the New Kingdom – Aaron stood, with his brother, and demanded freedom for those enslaved.

Together they stood in the face of an enemy.
An empire unwilling to release nearly-free labor. Yet, the exodus was achieved.

Aaron was a forerunner to other great heroes. Those who saw beyond the barriers of their circumstances… To achieve what seemed to be unthinkable.

Tell me,
…What drives a man to act on behalf of others?
To stand firm in the face of adversity… And move in compassion…

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