From the Editor's Computer
I’m sure you have all noticed the mixed bag of weather we’ve been having in the past couple of weeks. We’ve experienced almost record lows to summer-like highs - in the same week! March is well known for its wild weather patterns...
"March is a month of considerable frustration - it is so near spring and yet across a great deal of the country the weather is still so violent and changeable that outdoor activity in our yards seems light years away." - Thalassa Cruso
And we’ve all experienced days such as these...
"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
Of course, we can’t overlook the wind days we’ve been experiencing either...
"Winds of March, we welcome you, There is work for you to do. Work and play and blow all day, Blow the Winter wind away." - unknown
March is a funny time of year really. We eagerly look forward to shedding our heavy winter garb and getting outside...
"Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush." - Doug Larson
But no matter what the weather does - cold, snow, sun or slush, just remember...
"No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn." - Hal Borland Beth
From the Editor's Computer
Lest you think that it was reality TV which introduced the concept of voting people out or off, I’m here to let you know that is not the case.
In Ancient Athens the citizens would have an annual vote to determine whether or not to hold an ostracism. If the majority was in favour, each member of the Assembly would write on an ostrakon (potsherd) the name of a person he thought the city could do without, thereby eliminating a nuisance from the area. The person whose name appeared on the most ostraka would then be banished for 10 years, after which time he could return to find his property all intact.*
Now before you start gleefully imagining whom you would vote to be banished for 10 years (rest assured, I too have one or two on my list), let’s look at this from the other side. What if you were the one they voted to get rid of? How would that make you feel? Not quite so much fun to imagine the outcome is it?
More importantly though, what would you do with those 10 years away from your daily grind? Would you plot and scheme how you’d get even with the jerks who banished you? Or, would you use the time away to broaden your horizons, learn new things, take part in experiences and adventures you never would have had opportunity to before?
You don’t need to be ostracized to find the time to experience something new.
* “Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: why the Greeks matter” by Thomas Cahill