“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.” - Charles Dickens

To me, this Dickens quote embodies our common feelings about the month of March - no longer winter, not quite spring. With spring being a time of renewal, fresh growth, and awakening, let’s consider what this in-between month has to offer us. Like it or not, when you wake up on Sunday, March 17th, you’ll have lost an hour by ‘springing forward.’ We have more light, and the day appears longer, adding to the illusion we are getting more things done before nightfall. I like that, plus the fact that the Monday after Daylight Saving begins is christened “National Nap Day,” designed to offer us the hour of rest we lost.

At our March 19th meeting, local writer Sara Cress shares her poetic responses to the scary news we face daily. As I read her poems (breakingpoems.wordpress.com), I find myself nodding my head, relieved that someone is giving voice to my same (sane?) reaction to some of the outlandish, yet banal, news stories. I’m certain you’ll feel a kinship with Sara as she encourages us to engage and to be present in, rather than in hiding from, the world’s fast-paced dramas and issues.

Now, you’ve had your nap, your fresh spin on the world, and you’re ready to awaken your creativity. Give it a morning jolt Saturday March 23 by joining our SoulCollage workshop®, led by the inspirational and insightful Deborah Lindeen. She wowed us at the February meeting and this is your chance to delve deeper into how this intuitive exercise can enhance your creative expression. Maybe you are like me: I want the hot sun but I welcome the cool breeze. I love the light but I’m grateful for the shade’s protection. So how about right now, we put a positive spin on “those March days” and say we have it all?

Lee Steiner

"An ekphrastic poem is like a jolt of electricity surging through a work of art."
- Patricia Smith, ARTLines2

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