My Green Velvet Life

Where everything sticks.


March 2011

A (Salty Wisconsin) Spring in My Step

While much of the country is enjoying green grass and budding trees, us northerners are thrilled just to glimpse the geese flying bravely in the whipping March winds while we make mad dashes through our salt covered parking lots to our still frozen cars.  Salt is our friend all winter.  It keeps our roads and sidewalks safe.  It is the secret to outsmarting Cold Mother Nature.  But aside from all that important stuff, it drives us crazy with its ability to stick to e.v.e.r.y.thing.  In March, we’re so ready to wash away the salt and season our eyes with color once again.

The other day I did stop in the parking lot long enough to catch a few pictures of the lovely stuff.  Perfect material for a little Photoshop fun.  See the faded cracks?

So what’s under your feet this time of year?  Bet it would make great art . . .

This is our cry. This is our prayer. Peace on Earth. — from the Japanese statue of Sadako

our folded hands
fly like warm cranes of comfort
spreading sacred shawls


The people of Japan need our help in so many ways.  If the only thing your circumstances allow you to do is pray, do not feel helpless.  A wise friend once told me, prayer is not the least you can do for someone;  it is the most you can do. 

Have you ever heard the story of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes?

Making paper cranes would be a meaningful activity to do with your kids as you help them deal with their sadness and worry over the tragedies in Japan.  Here are instructions:

Fold your hands.  Send the Japanese people your love and peace.

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