In the Midwest, the dandelions have already gone to seed, their fluff floating across the areas where a week earlier the flowers stood tall and bright and yellow, like lions with perfectly arranged manes. Dandy lions. Are there traces of lion or dandy in the dandelion’s name? Yes and no.
In the early 1900s, Anna Jarvis campaigned to make Mother’s Day an official holiday because she wanted to honor her mother after she had passed away and thought others should honor their mothers, present or passed. Anna’s mother, Ann Jarvis, founded Mothers’ Day Work Clubs that focused on sanitation. Anna’s petition was finally successful in 1914 when President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day a national holiday.
Cinco de Mayo (the fifth of May) is not Mexico’s independence day, which is celebrated in September, but it is a celebration of freedom. It is a Mexican and Mexican-American celebration honoring the Mexican victory over the French at Puebla in 1862. Today, it has widened into a celebration of Mexican culture. Cinco de Mayo celebrations often include family and food, music and dancing, and the colors of the Mexican flag (green, white, and red).
Order the flowers, buy the chocolates, pick up the card, make the reservation—the holiday devoted to love gestures is less than a week away. The following word game takes you from a sweet Valentine’s treat to a life commitment in just five steps.
Use the clue to complete the word or phrase; the last part of each word or phrase is the first part of the next.
Astronomical truth makes our winter solstice a fixed point that occurs in December, but January always feels to me like true midwinter. It’s not December 24 that puts me in mind of a “long winter’s nap”; it’s January 24 and the weeks surrounding it.
Searching for words to describe your own hibernation instincts? Save your energy. I’ve roused myself enough to gather up ten sleepy words from ten online dictionaries:
Anyone else have resolutions on the brain? Today’s game gets you ready to embrace the upcoming year.
Use the first clue to find the first three-letter word. For the remaining words (also three letters each), find the word that fits the clue and can be created by changing only one letter of the previous word.
_____ the night before (The deadline for resolutions!)
_____ a contraction for what you own (Resolution: declutter your stuff?)
Congratulations on surviving 12/12/12! Did you celebrate with a dozen gross of anything? I have no doubt that 12/21/12 will also come and go without incident so we can enjoy our holidays and all the delights of the New Year. The following word game takes us from doomsday to holiday, goodbye to hello, in six steps.
Use the clue to complete the phrase; the last word of each phrase is the first word of the next phrase.