Name Meaning: Significant City of the Bronze Age
Impactful; Influential

Troy was a major part of ancient civilization during the Bronze Age and its influence on trade activity and travel between Asia and Europe, allowed it to become one of the most powerful cities of its time.

Considered coveted territory, it was monumental. A cultural center that inspired early literary traditions – becoming the setting for quintessential epics and a popular subject for plays, paintings, pottery and sculpture. Its influence continues in culture today.

What is your impact on those around you?

It’s unavoidable. Our actions affect people.
So… be the way you think others around you should be.


Think Spring. As the sun rises and the day begins, a flower opens. Awakened from a good night’s rest… Spreading and moving in a whorl… Reminiscent of our own wake-from-slumber routine.

Daisies have existed since ancient times. Its name denotes the “day’s eye” – for the ability to open during the day and close at night. In the 19th century, flowers were considered part of a language code with their own special meaning… Daisies conveyed innocence and purity.

In the 1880’s, it was among the top 5 botanical names used for girls, in the United States. Popularity for the name continued in the early 1900’s – then declined from 1936-1989. Since, it has remained among the top 200 names given to girls.

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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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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
Get Your Harvest – Inspirational Art


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