History of world poetry day

March 21st is World Poetry Day, an annual celebration of poems and poets adopted by UNESCO.

In 1999, during its 30th General Conference in Paris, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization declared March 21st as World Poetry Day. The aims are to support “linguistic diversity through poetic expression” as well as increase “the opportunity for endangered languages to be heard.”

World Poetry Day is the occasion to honour poets, revive oral traditions of poetry recitals, promote the reading, writing and teaching of poetry, foster the convergence between poetry and other arts such as theatre, dance, music and painting, and raise the visibility of poetry in the media.

UNESCO, World Poetry Day

World Poetry Day. (n.d.). Retrieved March 17, 2019 from https://en.unesco.org/commemorations/worldpoetryday.

Walt Disney quote: happiness the way you look at things

Walt Disney said: Happiness is a state of mind. It’s just according to the way you look at things.

Happiness is a state of mind. It’s just according to the way you look at things.

Walt Disney
lady standing cross-legged on a pink wooden bench
A lady stands cross-legged on a pink wooden bench in a Japanese park

Happy Bench Monday

6 Irish Blessings and 1 limerick for St. Paddy’s Day

I love these inspiring Irish Blessings . . . worth sharing and re-blogging!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! ☘️

Life Unraveled

”May you never forget what is worth remembering or remember what is best forgotten.”

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”May the clouds in your life be only a background for a lovely sunset.”

calm blue sea during golden hour Photo by Sasha Martynov on Pexels.com

“May your day be filled with blessings like the sun that lights the sky, and may you always have the courage to spread your wings and  fly.

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“May you get all your wishes but one so you always have something to strive for.”

dandelion macro photography Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com“May you get all your wishes but one so you always have something to strive for.”

“May good luck be your friend in whatever you do. And may trouble be always a stranger to you.”

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Today’s featured limerick was written by Sharon Horvath. It’s not too late to write yours!

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Some trivia for St. Paddy’s Day

To be honest, I can only answer nos. 1 and 4 . . . then I’ll peek at the answers.
The flying squirrel choice is so funny. Haha. 😆 Thanks for sharing!

Pete's Kiwi Korner

1/ What is the scientific symbol for gold?

2/ Haggis is the traditional dish of what country?

3/ The island of Cyprus gained independence from what country in 1960?

4/ A ziggurat is a pyramidal tower, a bolt of lightning, or a flying squirrel?

5/ What crop failure caused the Irish famine?

Answers: https://peteswriteplace.blogspot.com/2019/02/answers-to-trivia-quizz-on-friday.html

An Irish pub on St Paddies Day

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History of St. Patrick’s Day

March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day. St. Paddy’s Day, for some, is actually the day of this non-Irish’s death. Yes, the revered patron saint of Ireland, is not Irish. He was born in Britain and named as Maewyn Succat. He adopted a Christian name, Patricius, when he became a bishop. Patrick is the nickname.

The History of Saint Patrick – a Short Story by jeremiahjw, on YouTube

At age 16, Succat was kidnapped by Irish raiders and sold as a slave to tend sheep in Ireland. During that time, he prayed a lot to God. Once he dreamed of escaping and believed it was God leading him out of slavery. He did find a ship which took him back to his family in Britain.

Back home, he studied to become a priest. When he became a bishop, he decided to sail back to pagan-stricken Ireland. He was followed by many converts into Christianity. Celtic priests were not happy. Even his former master killed himself for not being able to bear the thought of Patrick’s success.

Bishop Patricius died on March 17, 461 AD after 30 years of service. He was not canonized as saint until the 12th or 17th Century.

To this day, his death anniversary is honored as a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Montserrat and the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. It is not only celebrated by those of Irish Christian heritage but also other cultures, including non-Christians and even atheists. It has become a tradition of parades, drinking and merry-making.

St. Patrick’s Green

St. Patrick’s Day or SPD symbols include the color green which is thought to be attributed to one of Ireland’s flag colors.

The country itself is also referred to as the Emerald Isle due to its lush green landscape, including shamrocks.

A usual three-leaf shamrock, which symbolizes Irish Christianity, is believed to have been used by Bishop Patricius to explain the Holy Trinity.

Connecting the dot, finding a four-leaf version of it is lucky.

It is just like finding a pot of gold that leads to its mythical owner, a leprechaun. This small bearded fairy is of Irish folklore.

So, as we trace back…

  1. a leprechaun,
  2. pot of gold,
  3. luck,
  4. shamrock, and
  5. Ireland green

…have all become the symbols for St. Patrick’s Day. (Let us know if we have missed something.)

Friday funnies for St. Patrick’s Day

I enjoyed this!  I hope you will, too… ☺️

Leonard's Lines

Happy Friday!  You know spring is on the way when you see St. Patrick’s Day on the calendar!  So, I dug deep into the internet to find a few St. Paddy jokes just for you.


Would you call a leprechaun’s vacation home a lepre-condo?

Would you call a vanishing leprechaun a lepre-gone?

Would you call an Irish criminal with a serious skin disease a leper con?

Do you know that an Irishman is having a good time when he is Dublin over with laughter?

Do leprechauns make good secretaries because they are good at shorthand?

Did the leprechaun beat the Irishman to the pot of gold by taking a shortcut?

Did St. Patrick drive all the snakes out of Ireland because he could not afford air fare?

Is a leprechaun’s favorite food to barbecue short ribs?

Are leprechaun’s hard to get along with because they are short-tempered?

In Ireland…

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William McRaven quote: best way to get a good night sleep

William H. McRaven said: I think the best way to get a good night sleep is to work hard throughout the day. If you work hard and, of course, work out.

I think the best way to get a good night sleep is to work hard throughout the day. If you work hard and, of course, work out.

William H. McRaven

4 quick sleep tips per Dr. Amen

These are 4 things I recall from Dr. Amen’s audiobook…

  • Refrain from drinking coffee or any caffeinated drinks (or food) after 1pm.
  • About an hour before sleep, dim the lights if possible or stay in a dark room to prepare yourself for snoozing.
  • Only go to bed when you are drowsy.  Otherwise, get up and do something relaxing until you feel your eyes heavy.
  • Keep a consistent sleep-wake cycle as much as possible, even during the weekends or non-working days.

Are you getting enough sleep?

I have to share this one, too, as I’m not getting enough sleep . . . including last night… 😴


Woman awake in bed looking fed up as she cannot get to sleep

According to the Sleep Council one third of us in the UK sleep for just five to six hours per night. It’s generally accepted, and has been well-researched over many years, that the body needs more sleep than this, ideally around seven or eight hours each night. 

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So, what’s going wrong and why are we generally so sleep deprived?

Clinical nutritionist Suzie Sawyer takes a closer look at why our shut-eye is so important and shares some tips on how to get more.

Why is sleep so essential?

It’s no secret that the body repairs and re-generates during sleep. It’s also a time of growth as specific growth hormones are released during the night. However, when sleep is problematic, the body and brain are fatigued and it becomes increasingly difficult to function effectively.

The body’s sleep hormone, melatonin, is naturally released during the hours of darkness. This is likely to…

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We want better sleep but struggle to get it – 5 tips to help

Gotta reblog this! Worth re-reading…

Happy World Sleep Day!

Group & private pilates for strength and energy


Today is World Sleep Day: according to the World Sleep Society’s global survey 35% of people feel they don’t get enough sleep, impacting both their physical and mental health. ‘There is a growing understanding that lack of sleep is linked to high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes and we’re more prone to infections after a period of reduced sleep’ according to Public Health England.

Breathing, relaxing, stretching, calming the mind and the body are all great ways to improve your chances of a great night’s sleep.  Sounds so simple yet finding time to do it is far more challenging.

That’s why I created my Zen Pilates concept – to enable busy people who are struggling to make time for themselves to be able to outsource their self-care. The Zen class also transforms gentle relaxation from a task into a mini spa style treat.

In Zen Pilates we first unfurl…

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14 sleep tips from Dr. Weil

I’ll take these tips to my heart! Thanks!

Health Hot Spot

  1. 1-2 hours before bed, turn off all blue light-emitting devices.  Melatonin regulates your sleep, and blue light from your electronic devices suppresses melatonin production.
  2. Charge your phone in another room to avoid the temptation to check it at night.
  3. Stop eating a few hours before bedtime.  Digestion can interrupt sleep.
  4. Take an after-dinner walk.
  5. Use lavender oil (relaxes you for sleep) or lemon balm oil (reduces restlessness and anxiety) in a warm bath or diffuser.
  6. Buy a supportive mattress and a comfortable pillow/sheets.
  7. Keep your bedroom temperature cool.
  8. Buy blackout curtains for your windows.
  9. Keep your room environment quiet.  A white noise or pink noise generator can help.
  10. Do a breathing exercise/meditation to help calm your thoughts.
  11. Reduce your caffeine intake, especially after 12:00 p.m.
  12. Get outside in the morning to expose yourself to the morning light.  Morning light increases quality sleep and lowers feelings of stress.
  13. Exercise. Exercising could…

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Sound sleep: a gift of God by Anamika’s Blog

Baby on a crib, sleeping with mouth open
Baby on a crib, sleeping with mouth open

Originally posted on Gift of God: SOUND SLEEP—A GIFT OF GOD William Shakespeare wrote in his play ‘ Macbeth ‘ , “………the innocent sleep, Sleep that knits the ravell’d sleave of care, the death of each day’s life, so labor ‘s bath, Balm of hurt minds, great nature’s second course, Chief nourisher in life’s feast…

SOUND SLEEP……. A GIFT OF GOD — Anamika’s Blog

Good laugh and long sleep

Per Irish Proverb: A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.

A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.

Irish Proverb

Oh, absolutely! Gotta share this! 😀

3 ways to sleep better with insomnia

How about if I start this myself… 😊 🛌


1. Arrange the perfect sleep environment

. Your bedroom got to be quiet, dark and cool believe it or not but after i bought a new mattress and pillow that were way more comfortable than my old ones and set the perfect temperature for myself relaxing became so much easier think of all those noises coming from the street if you live in a city a sound machine or earplugs can help you with those and blackout curtains and an eye mask will save you from all the annoying lights.

2. Pick a sleep schedule, and stick to it

. Easier said than done bot worth the effort make things easier for your biological clock by going to bed and waking up at the same time every day.

3. Workout

. The national sleep foundation recommends exercising to float off to dreamland with ease walking works just fine for…

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Put my fears to sleep

“…and put my fears to sleep” Lovely poem!

Poems in a Coffer

The stars are mute tonight

The sky is in a silent phase

The wind has lost its music

And the moon has no story to tell

This taciturn aphonic night

Is what my heart abhors

So sing me a lullaby, will you?

And put my fears to sleep.

~ Chhaya

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Leonardo da Vinci quote: what brings happy sleep

Leonardo da Vinci said: A well-spent day brings happy sleep.

March 15th is World Sleep Day…

A well-spent day brings happy sleep.

Leonardo da Vinci

Happy World Sleep Day!

Child, sleeping with her stuffed monkey
Child, sleeping with her stuffed monkey

Irish Blessing: road to meet me with God in your hand

Irish Blessing: May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields; And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And rains fall soft upon your fields;
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Irish Blessing

Celebrate Women’s History Month with Hillary Clinton

Celebrate March and Women’s History Month! 🍷

Teacups and Tyrants-Adele Fasick looks at people, books, and history

As we celebrate Women’s
History Month, we should note that more women are serving in Congress now than
have ever served before. And a majority of the candidates for the 2020
presidential election are women. This week one of the people most responsible
for this revolutionary change is leaving the active political scene. Hilary
Clinton has announced that she will not be a candidate for president in 2020.
It’s about time we recognized all that she has done to make the changes in our
political life possible.

Women in Congress

There have been other women candidates for President over the years. The notorious Victoria Woodhull ran for president as long ago as 1872, but no other woman has opened the door for a female president as wide as Hillary Clinton has. She has been opening doors for women now for more than a generation.

How many of us

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William Penn quote: what we want most

William Penn said: Time is what we want most but what we use worst.

Time is what we want most but what we use worst.

William Penn
Girl, holding a round red wall clock while standing on an old wooden bench

Happy Bench Monday Daylight Saving Time!

Happy DST!

Women’s History Month

Hooray for women! 👏🏼

The Wickeds

Jessie: In New Hampshire where the signs of spring are doing a great job of remaining hidden!

March is Women’s History Month and I for one could not be more pleased! I love real history, historical fiction and unapologetic tall tales, myths and legends. I love all of thoses things even more when they feature women.

For those of you as enamoured of the topic as I, here are a few things I’ve encountered lately.

In 1715 Sybilla Masters was the first American Colonist, regardless of gender, to have a patent granted on an invention. Unfortunately, at the time British law did not allow married women to receive patents in their own names. The patent was granted to her husband, Thomas Masters, with a mention of the credit for it going to Sybilla.

A jury in Barrington, MA, August, 1781 agreed with Elizabeth Freeman, an enslaved African American woman…

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Dale Carnegie quote: what fools do vs those with character and self-control

Dale Carnegie said: Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain; and most fools do. But it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving.

Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain; and most fools do. But it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving.

Dale Carnegie, How To Win Friends And Influence People

Dale Carnegie quote: reminder when dealing with people

When dealing with people, let us remember we are not dealing with creatures of logic. We are dealing with creatures of emotion.

Dale Carnegie, How To Win Friends And Influence People

Alexander Graham Bell quote: how to have a successful nation

Alexander Graham Bell said: Educate the masses, elevate their standard of intelligence, and you will certainly have a successful nation.

Educate the masses, elevate their standard of intelligence, and you will certainly have a successful nation.

Alexander Graham Bell
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