On February 2015

February is named after Latin term februum, meaning purification

February, along with January, were the last two months to be added to the Roman calendar

February is the month limited to 28 days during common years, yet 29 during leap years – but all months have a 28th day

February starts on the same day of the week as March and November in common years, and on the same day of the week as August in leap years

February ends on the same day of the week as October every year and on the same day of the week as January in common years only

During leap years, February is the only month that ends on the same weekday it begins

February, the Northern Hemisphere is the seasonal equivalent of August in the Southern Hemisphere

February is the only month than can pass without a single full moon – but not this year.
Full Moon 3rd 6:09 pm (Eastern US); New Moon 18th 6:47 pm (Eastern US)

February symbols

  • Birth flowers: Violet and the common primrose
  • Birthstone: Amethyst symbolizing piety, humility, spiritual wisdom, and sincerity
  • Zodiac Signs: Aquarius (until February 19) and Pisces (after February 20)

February is a month for national celebrations in Dominican Republic, Estonia, Kuwait, Serbia, and Sri Lanka

Movies with February in the title include Summer in February (2013) and The Curse of February 29th (2006); plus documentaries Black February (2012) and February One (2009)

February is for promoting African-American History, pulling your sofa off the wall, returning carts to the supermarket, dog training education, a healthy heart, jobs in golf, feeding birds, indoor air care, therapeutic recreation, mending a broken heart, time management, responsible pet owners, wise health care, and youth leadership

February is for celebrating the Cricket World Cup, women inventors, library lovers, parental leadership, weddings, my birthday, spunky old broads, and Black History

February is for increase awareness in AMD/low vision, hoof care, prenatal infection protection, Marfan Syndrome, marijuana, children’s dental health, pet dental health, spay & neutering, and teen dating violence

February is for appreciating expecting success, barley, grapefruits, Florida strawberries, cherries, sweet potatoes, hot breakfasts, canned food, snacks, pies, and potatoes

February is for embracing blah-busting, adopting a rescued rabbit, my birthday, baking for a family, beating the heat (in the southern hemisphere), loving buses, condoms, laugh friendly, and relationship wellness

Are any days in February special to you? Which songs do you enjoy?

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 201

On Politics
The Incidental Economist is an interesting site for those contemplating health care with a focus on research, an eye on reform.

Here’s an interesting tidbit to ponder. George HW Bush (1988) and Mitt Romney (2008) received the same percentage (59) of the white vote.

Regardless of the party occupying the White House or a party of the senator, no senator should be able to hold up confirmation of a presidential appointee. Therefore, it’s time for the US Senate to change its rules.

Although Republicans are taking a beating in the polls regarding the recent shutdown and debt ceiling issue, many of them remain obstinate.

The 29-member House-Senate budget committee met this week for the first time. Leaders say they have set a low bar for success. I hope the venue for future meetings is large enough to handle the panel and all the sacred cows each of them will bring to the meetings.

The Onion discovered Congress’s plans for improving its approval rating.

On This Week’s Headlines from The Onion
Operate trying to find right work-anxiety-life-anxiety balance
Fun-loving, laid-back woman with a bit of nerdy side joins online dating service
Lonely man pets dog through cracked car window
Girlfriend to stay beneath blanket for next five months
Panicked newborn didn’t realize breathing would be on Apgar Test
Pumpkin clearly had finger in it

Interesting Reads
Sequester and research cuts
A Who Said It quiz from The Onion
Historical graph showing US opinions about the death penalty
One person’s struggle and journey regarding faith and science
New map of the brain
For those enjoying pictures of insects

On Potpourri
If you didn’t see the story about bus driver Darnell Barton, here’s a 2-minute feel- good story.

I’m nervous about this weekend’s music premier because the piece isn’t easy, my part is difficult, I’ve never premiered new music before, and the first time will be at a special celebration dinner. Our handbell choir is 12-14 people playing one instrument, and one person not holding their own affects others.

Here’s an interesting quote (paraphrased) for reflection: Tablets and smartphones in public place keep us from noticing what is happening around us, thus causing to lose our sense of duty to others.

It’s a new month, so November is loaded with monthly celebrations, such as food celebrations as greens & plantains, Georgia pecans, plums & pomegranates, spinach & squash, sweet potatoes, apples, raisin bread, pepper, banana pudding, peanut butter, and fun with fondue. But wait, there’s a variety of month-long celebrations as military appreciation, historic bridges, drums (percussion), inspirational role models, novel writing, sponges, real jewelry, and many more!

Here are your weekend celebrations!
(Weekend) Pumpkin Chunkin Days, Sherlock Holmes Weekend
(Fri) Give Up Your Shouds Day, Family Literacy Day, Prime Meridian Day, Vegan Day, French Fried Clams Day
(Sat) Cookie Monster Day, Plan Your Epitaph Day, Sadie Hawkins Day, Deviled Eggs Day
(Sun) Cliché Day, Jellyfish Day, Sandwich Day, Zero Tasking Day

Thanks to all for completing another act of Time: The Musical and I appreciate the different genres you provide. There are at least two more acts and an epilogue before the curtain closes by the end of the year … but, fear not, a new (yet to be announced) musical is in the works for 2014.

Last week’s cartoon feature honored Roadrunner. The good person behind Lame Adventures is a cartoon connoisseur. Not only did she detect a flaw in the post (which I corrected and I thank her for that), she provided this outstanding piece (by humorist Ian Frazier) about the opening statement in Wile E Coyote’s lawsuit against Acme Company.

I have a Saturday Morning Cartoon post planned for this weekend.

At a concert during my college years, promoters announced the next concert – to which I responded to my good friend, Who and the hell is Lou Reed? Then someone several seats away said, Walk on the Wild Side – and then I knew. The concert never happened, but I think his Rock n Roll Animal live album is a classic. Lou Reed passed away last Sunday at age 71 …. RIP.

Have a safe weekend and in the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.