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    The Ides of March and other favorites

    By: Christy V. Temple

    The Ides of March are upon us and I for one am so very grateful. I know that this winter so far has not been that bad at all but we’ve still had some dreary days and I’ll just be glad when we get those behind us. I think I have a solar brain and when the sun doesn’t shine a lot my brain goes into hibernation.

    Anyway, there are a lot of things to definitely look forward to in the month of March. The first thing I will look forward to is the time change where we will “spring forward” and start having longer sunlight in the evening. This will take place on Sunday, March 12th, so you will need to remember to set your clocks forward one hour before bedtime on Saturday evening. I know every time it happens that it messes with my internal clock but that’s okay because the end result is so worth it.

    The second thing I will look forward to in the month of March is the actual first day of spring, which is Monday, March 20, 2017. Once I get to that point I feel as though I can handle just about anything because winter is officially over with and the abundance of life is ready to burst forth outdoors. Of course, sometimes we still have to deal with some interesting weather to get through spring like dogwood winter, blackberry winter, and so on. In any event, I’m in a much better mood during this revitalizing time.

    The third thing I look forward to in the month of March is St. Patrick’s Day. Why do you ask? I have several reasons actually for enjoying this holiday. I am redheaded for one thing and many times it seems that red hair and the luck of the Irish just seem to go hand-in-hand on this special day. I also really like wearing the color green as it seems to be a good fit for my coloring. I also like the idea that somewhere out there maybe there really is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, hypothetically speaking, of course.

    Finally, I referred to the Ides of March at the very beginning of this blog. So, what is the significance of it? According to the site, the Ides of March is basically a certain time period on the Roman calendar. The Ides of March actually refers to the date of March 15. The site defines it in this way.  “The term Ides comes from the earliest Roman calendar, which is said to have been devised by Romulus, the mythical founder of Rome. The Roman calendar organized its months around three days, each of which served as a reference point for counting the other days.”

    Here is how they count the days of March in the Roman calendar.

    • Kalends (1st day of the month)
    • Nones (the 7th day in March, May, July, and October; the 5th in the other months)
    • Ides (the 15th day in March, May, July, and October; the 13th in the other months)

    Anyway, these are the reasons that I like the month of March. What is your favorite month of the year and why? I have several others that are favorites too but I have always been fond of March for what it represents to me.

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