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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Names That Fly

It’s me…
Stuck in traffic thinking how nice it would be to fly above it all – like the birds in the sky. Their moves seem effortless.
Going from tree to tree. Back and forth…
As if carefree.

Imagine our predecessors being inspired by these feathered beauties. In trees. On land. Water… even among the clouds.
Let’s celebrate names inspired by birds.

  • Wren – from the short-winged songbird
  • Phoenix – mythological bird
  • Arnold – like an eagle
  • Robin – from the red-breasted bird
  • Raven – from the lustrous black bird
  • Hawk – from the diurnal bird of prey
  • Dove – from the stocky bird, often seen as a symbol of peace
  • Byrd – variant of “bird”
  • Sparrow – from the oscine songbird
  • Lark – from the passerine bird
  • Starling – from the gregarious oscine bird

March Born

This Month in History

  • In 1762, the first St. Patrick’s Day parade was held. In tribute to the man – who was kidnapped and taken to Ireland. He became a slave but eventually escaped. Yet, remarkably returned to the country to serve in ministry.
  • Yellowstone, the first national park, was established in 1872.
  • Communication received a major upgrade with the patent of the telephone. Achieved by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876.
  • In 1877, U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes appointed Frederick Douglass as U.S. Marshal.
  • In 1903, the Wright Brothers filed a patent for their flying machine.
  • Cherry Blossoms were sent to Washington, D.C. as a gift from Japan. The trees were first planted in 1912. Today, they remain a major tourist attraction.
  • In 1931, the Star Spangled Banner became the official national anthem of the United States.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. led demonstrators from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama – paving the way for the Right to Vote Act of 1965.

Look Up!

This month brings two full moons and a reported planet parade.

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Ways to Celebrate

Make this year special. Here are great ideas for your birthday celebration.

▕ Volunteer Your Time 
Is there a better way to celebrate life? Head to the nearest senior center… Arrange a karaoke night and be dubbed ‘hero‘ of the month.

▕ Plan a Hunt 
Celebrate with your spouse by planning an intimate treasure hunt with clues around a theme of ‘favorites‘… Your favorite chair… Your favorite spice. ..with the final clue leading to your favorite restaurant.

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▕ Choose a Good Theme 
Plan a party around your birth year, favorite book, or superhero.

▕ Embrace Nature 
This is the month of Spring… Enjoy the changing climate. Try camping or trail hikes.

▕ Rest
It’s a struggle when we’re always on-the-go but definitely worth the effort. Be still. ..and rest awhile.

▕ Send Thanks 
Is there a teacher, pastor, or relative who’s helped you be the best you can be? Why not send them a note of thanks.

▕ Try Something New 
Here’s an opportunity to explore, learn, and do what you’ve always wanted. What’s on your bucket list?

▕ Celebrate the Entire Month 
Your life matters!

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Nicholas

Name Meaning: Victory for the People

Think of a time you needed help. Then someone suddenly somehow steps in. This is the embodiment of Nicholas. Its meaning personifies compassion for others and the first, most-noted name bearer was considered the people’s champion.

Nicholas was born in the 3rd century and lived with his uncle when his parents died from illness. He occupied himself with reading and his passion for scripture, and the Christian faith, led him to work and serve among the people.

He was seen as a wonder-worker and known for his tenacity and generosity.

And stories of his life spread.
Throughout Europe and Anatolia – including Italy, Greece, Russia, Netherlands, and England… People knew Nicholas.

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He lived his name. He was his name.
His life and his name were the same.

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November Born

Let’s Celebrate…

This Month in History 

  • Nellie Bly challenging Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 days – began her travels in 1889. Ultimately, traveling around the world in 72 days.
  • Theodore Roosevelt became the first U.S. President to visit other countries – visiting Puerto Rico and Panama in 1906.
  • The first Thanksgiving Parade took place in Philadelphia in 1920.
  • U.S. Route 66 was established in 1926.
  • Kate Smith introduced Irwin Berlin‘s (revised) classic, “God Bless America,” in 1938. The song was considered by many an anthem of hope and quickly became an American standard.
  • Sesame Street premiered in 1969.
  • Douglas Engelbart received a patent for the invention of the first computer mouse in 1970.
  • Sony launched Playstation 4 (PS4) in 2013 – selling 1 million units within 24 hours.

Party in the Sky

This month is full of celestial activity. Planets become visible. Stars shine and meteor showers light up the sky. Look up! The world is awesome.

We should enjoy every moment.

Moments Matter

The best moments are found in gems. Those unexpected treasures we encounter and learn from.

Recently while shopping a guy zipped past… We were in the same aisle and though I could reach the taller shelves, he was much faster. In this instance – he clearly had the advantage.  ..His wheelchair was no hindrance.

Here was a man with zeal. His energy told the story… A gratitude for life. I watched in admiration, thinking of the times I’d taken so many things for granted.

But this was my gem
Live a life of gratitude.

Indeed, we have so much to be grateful for.

October Born

Here’s an opportunity to pause and appreciate life.
We each have our own special holiday. For those born in October, enjoy it to the fullest.

This Month in History 

  • Animal Planet first aired in 1996.
  • Cartoon Network began in 1992.
  • Microsoft released version 1 of Word in 1983.
  • Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1967.
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
  • IN GOD WE TRUST first appeared on U.S. paper currency in 1957.
  • Peanuts was first published in 1950.
  • In 1908, Ford’s Model T automobiles sold for $825.

Moon Phase

The part of the moon we see illuminated changes as it orbits the earth. Throughout history, it’s been used to help identify seasonal change. Native Americans named the moon based primarily on weather patterns and activities. The Abenaki call the October Moon, “penibagos,” signifying the falling of leaves. Cherokee and Passamaquoddy refer to it as the harvest moon, a time when crops are harvested.

Interestingly, harvest time for the Northern Hemisphere occurs between September – October. Whereas, the end of growing season is generally between March – April in the Southern Hemisphere.

The next full moon occurs October 5.

Reasons to Celebrate

Seasons change and so can we.

As I reflect on my own progress, this has been a year of extreme growth. Things that used to bother me didn’t matter. The mean-talk… The schemes people played didn’t distract me. I’ve become more compassionate. Less selfish.
…How liberating!

Now, it’s your turn… Think of ways you’ve overcome. Struggles that don’t hurt as much. How have you changed?

That’s reason enough to celebrate.

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Quirky · Cool Nicknames

  • Choco Hops
  • N-Zone
  • Boogie Rite
  • Craze
  • Champ
  • Shorty
  • Chip
  • Zoom
  • Radar

Fun · Cute Nicknames

  • Giggles
  • Snuggles
  • Peaches
  • XOXO
  • Twinkle
  • Sparks
  • All Smiles

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Nicknames Inspired by Faith · Inspiration 

  • Goshen
  • Rock
  • Joy
  • Grace
  • Beloved

Nicknames Inspired by Nature · Weather 

  • Moonbeam
  • Blossom
  • Honeycomb
  • Sunny
  • Echo
  • Flash

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