April marks the beginning of National Poetry Month, which celebrates the joy and pure delight of poetry, the voice of the soul. Consider checking out some new poetry books or pulling out old ones from your bookshelf. I'll miss all the poetry readings that usually occur around town, but I'm hopeful that next year will be better and all of us can connect in person as we honor the art of poetry.
Speaking of being better, April 3rd is National Rainbow Day. Is there anything more beautiful and uplifting than a rainbow? This day is especially meaningful now as we emerge from the pandemic and being sheltered in place for more than a year. I'm happy to have had both doses of the Moderna vaccine in February, and I continue to volunteer at the vaccine centers in my part of the world. I'm sorry that I let my nursing license lapse, so I'm not able to administer shots, but I can help with line control and monitoring the observation areas. I must say, it's strange being surrounded by so many people after a year of quarantine.
Speaking of quarantine and health, April 7th is World Health Day. We're so dependent on our health in so many areas of our lives. As my father used to say, "Health comes first; we are nothing without our health." So please honor and take care of yourself!
April 22nd is Earth Day, which is also important to celebrate. This past year, I've been very grateful for the earth, as I've spent a lot of time hiking and walking on the beach. We need to take care of our earth for both present and future generations.
April 23rd is National Book Day. Well, as a writer, need I say more? Since childhood, books have been a vital part of my life. I'd love to hear about any good books you've read over the past year. What types of works helped you get through the pandemic?
Be well. Be safe.