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"When you make the finding yourself - even if you're the last
person on Earth to see the light - you'll never forget it."
-Carl Sagan, on Discovery

Chantaclair's Musings

The month of March always makes me think of magical things, Perhaps the influence of my Irish forefathers, or the red hair which turns me to Celtic myths and thoughts of Leprechauns and Rainbows and wondrous magical possibilities. 

Magic is, after all, only that which we don not currently understand.  Miracles are close to that, wonderful happenings in our lives that turn our thoughts beyond the impossible day to day of our lives to a moment when we can imagine that just maybe... there *is* a pot of gold at the end of that double rainbow. 

Reality can be a harsh place, without rainbows and mysterious tiny men who are reluctant but always ready to grant a wish or play a trick. 

My Brother brought home a bit of the blarney stone from Ireland.  Sometimes I like to just hold it.  . . and imagine that somehow, someway, everything will be all right . . . and sometimes . . . it is.

~ Marsha <Rose> Steed

Tip for the week
For those ugly weeds that spring up between cracks in sidewalks and bricks, forget the expensive round-up, and just pour salty boiling water over them, they'll disappear in no time. 

Your Money

Petco Animal Supplies (PETC: Nasdaq) 

Petco Animal Supplies may climb in Friday trading after the company posted results ahead of expectations after the close Thursday. Fourth quarter earnings came in at 52 cents a share while analysts had expected earnings of 47 cents.  Petco earned 37 cents a share in the year ago period. The company attributes the strong showing to a 14% jump in store sales during the quarter. 

In The Know

Possibly the only national holiday that is given recognition outside it's native land is St. Patrick's Day. This is a clear indication on the Irish influence thought the world. For instance in the United States, though not a national holiday, March 17th is recognized in many communities and cities. Everything from parades, to the 'wearing of the green' , to serving green beer (they really add green colouring to it!) to some places going as far as dying rivers green, mark the holiday of Ireland's patron saint. The biggest observance of all is, of course, in Ireland. Almost all businesses, with the exception of restaurants and pubs, close on the 17th of March. Being a religious holiday as well, many attend mass, where it is the traditional day for offering prayers for missionaries throughout the world, before the serious celebrating begins in earnest. 
So who exactly was St. Patrick? And what does the shamrock have to do with St. Patrick's Day? Click on the shamrock and spend a few minutes with us as we attempt to enlighten and entertain you as we step back in time to explore the legend of St. Patrick . . . 

A fist filled with dandelions 
A face smudged and damp.
A smile beaming with innocence
 A body needing a nap. 

A mother with much to do
 A child with a lazy afternoon 
 A day's lackluster passing
A moment gone too soon. 

 "I brought you something mom" 
"I picked them all myself" 
 "I thought you would like them mom" 
"B'sides I think I saw an elf!"

 A busy mother stops her chore
 To look closely at her boy
The day transformed suddenly
From dull to a fistful of joy. 

           ---<--{© Chantaclair Rose '97 

Link for the Week
This is an extraordinary site with wonderful pictures you can send free to your friends and loved ones.  Be sure and check out the wonderful original music as well.

Ok, I'll start this section off... I thought perhaps I'd leave a space for personal one or two line announcements from those who belong to this community of Ezine pursuers.  If you have something you wish to announce, ask prayers in behalf of, or a link to share, I'll consider posting them in this space.  Please keep it brief and one or two lines thanks.  I'll start it out with a personal <gulp> Sharing... 

~My sweet daughter said yes, to a proposal of marriage this weekend. 
Crystal Marie Steed will be marrying Brandon Dever this summer. 
If you wish to congratulate the happy couple, her email address is ::

Till next issue, May the Lord Bless and Keep you and yours.
---<--{@ Marsha Rose
Notes - The background was created from a gift from the 
Friends and Flowers and Musings Group.
---<--{@ Marsha Rose

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