Throughout our lives, we’ve been encouraged to Think Big, especially when it comes to plans, aspirations, creative endeavors, and the like. But every year on March 29, we take a moment to Think Small, to support our local community.
How do we do that, you ask? Well, March 29 is National Mom & Pop Business Owners Day, when we celebrate the entrepreneurs in our communities, who have had the big dreams to open their own small businesses.
Does it feel like every week holds cause for celebration this month? Last week, we may have lost an hour of sleep, but now – like magic – our hours of daylight stretch into the evening. Today is St. Patrick’s Day, with festivals all over, coinciding with the greening of the landscape. And this Sunday, we celebrate the first day of Spring – which happens to fall on the International Day of Happiness!
Names are important, so much so that we’re encouraged to recognize the strength and meanings of our names in “Celebrate Your Name Week,” the first full week of March.
The observance began in 1997, after onomatology* hobbyist Jerry Hill encouraged people worldwide to learn more about – and celebrate – their names. At the time, Hill conducted research about others who shared his name, and was intrigued by what he learned about his name doppelgangers.
A Boomer Poem, inspired by American Pie, by Don McLean
A long, long time ago
I can still remember when doing yard work made me smile
But I knew if I had the chance
I could use that time to dance
Or maybe nap in the courtyard for a while
February may start out with a focus on groundhogs, but it is officially a month “for the birds.”
Since 1994, February has been designated “National Bird-Feeding Month,” after bird enthusiast John Porter read a resolution into the Congressional Record. With changing habitats, natural food sources run a little low in February, so filling the feeders gives a nutritional boost to birds who over-winter in Georgia, as well as those who tend to migrate early.
A little less fanfare, perhaps (certainly fewer fans in the stands), but the 2022 Winter Olympics are going on as scheduled in Beijing, China, with Opening Ceremonies held Friday (February 4), and events continuing through Sunday, February 20.
We’re all familiar with the traditional events: skiing (alpine, cross-country, freestyle), ski-jumping, figure-skating, speed skating, hockey, snowboarding (yes, 35-year-old Shaun White is competing again this year!), even curling (watched it for years, still can’t figure out exactly how it’s played…).
It’s no coincidence that we celebrate both Valentine’s Day and Heart Month in February. Those sparkly red hearts everywhere are great reminders to both honor our loved ones and pay closer attention to our heart health!
And since you probably love your Windsong home, here are a few tips to help you improve and maintain a healthy heart with things you can do at home:
December marked an important milestone for the Windsong Properties family as the newest residents of Marlowe in Woodstock became the company’s 1000th homebuyers. Ronald and Sondra Nierenberg moved into their new home in December and recently were joined by Windsong Properties CEO Mark Carruth and members of the leadership, sales and building teams for a surprise celebration.
Do What You Love
A Boomer Poem – inspired by e.e. cummings, Nelson Mandela, and Dr. Seuss
It always seems impossible until it is done
Nelson Mandela once said
That certainly applies to January days
When we don’t want to rise from our beds