Hello and welcome to “Something To Think About…” This will be our chance to talk about things that sometimes get missed. And, maybe, a second thought for the day. Positive thoughts and insights that will hopefully inspire and motivate.
“I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it!”
In Maine they tell of an old man walking along the beach with his grandson, who picked up each starfish they passed and threw it back into the sea. “If I left them up here,” the boy said, “they would dry up and die. I’m saving their lives.”
“But,” protested the old man, “the beach goes on for miles and miles and there are millions of starfish. What you are doing won’t make any difference.”
The boy looked at the starfish in his hand, gently threw it into the ocean and answered: “it makes a difference to this one…”
Earth Day was established in 1970 by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson as a time to commemorate the natural environment and to raise awareness of its fragility and the need for its conservation. While its creation was triggered by concern over a massive oil spill in California’s Santa Barbara Channel in 1969, Earth Day has grown to become a global day of observance that is commemorated on April 22 in many different nations and in many different ways. To commemorate Earth Day 2018, Luxury Defined pays a visit to several eco-friendly properties worldwide. Aesthetically pleasing and constructed with the environment in mind, these beautifully designed homes include such energy, water, and cost-cutting features as solar panels, geothermal systems, and rainwater collection used for irrigation—certain to appeal to any earthling who does not take the planet for granted.
From Luxury Defined (Christie’s International)
Fun Ways to Celebrate Our Planet This Earth Day
Maryland has it all: mountains, rivers, the ocean, farmlands, and everything in between! Our beautiful landscape and unique terrain are two of the many things that make our state so amazing. Here are a few ways you can get outdoors to help celebrate and protect our little piece of planet Earth. Happy Earth Day!
Enjoy the fresh air and get some exercise outside. On Saturday, April 21st head to Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis for the third annual Run for Nature Earth Day 5K benefitting the Friends of Quiet Waters Park Nature Campaign. Run through beautiful wooded parkland and enjoy its beauty! Registration is $25 for adults and $20 for children. More information about the race is available at Fqwp.org
For a more laid-back activity, join the Annapolis Maritime Museum for Earth Day by the Bay at Back Creek Nature Park on Saturday, April 28th, 3–5 p.m. Engage with nature and learn about our ecosystem through crafts, activities, and games. Explore the waters, discover the animals that call the Chesapeake Bay home, and enjoy a live concert by Guava Jelly. Tickets are available at Whatsuptix.com.
Volunteer in your community
Big changes start with small actions and cleaning up your local environment is a great way to start. Get hands-on and help out at one of the many Earth Day cleanups. Participate in the GreenScape on Saturday, April 21st, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Now in its 27th year, GreenScape is a volunteer effort that encourages individuals and organizations to plant and maintain gardens in public spaces throughout Annapolis. You can learn more about GreenScape by visiting Annapols.gov/GreenScape
Queen Anne’s County will be hosting a countywide Earth Day roadside clean up event on Saturday, April 21 through Monday, April 23. Participate as an individual or bring friends and family along! You can sign up for a road at Qac.org.
Join Tuckahoe State Park on Saturday, April 21st, 9–11 a.m. for their Earth Day Challenge. Help beautify the park by planting trees, picking up trash, and completing citizen science and art projects. Once the work is done, participants get to enjoy a day on Tuckahoe’s high ropes course for free! More information about the event is available at Visitcaroline.org
Make small changes at home
It’s never too late to make your home a little eco-friendlier, and Earth Day is a great time to get started! Gather the family and put a recycling plan in place. Ditch the bottled water and invest in a reusable bottle instead. Maybe plant a garden, build a birdhouse, or make a compost bin. Pick up a few plants and some soil at Historic Londontown and Gardens’ annual plant sale on Saturday, April 21st, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Or, start small and attend one of their Earth Day Miniature Garden Workshops on Sunday, April 22nd, 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. & 1:30–3 p.m. All the supplies you need to create your own beautiful, miniature garden are included. The event is $30 for members and $35 for non-members. You can register for the workshop here.
Looking for local and naturally grown herbs and veggies to plant in your garden? Homestead Gardens has partnered with Chesapeake Harvest to create a branded line of started plants for your home garden. The plants are sold in 100 percent biodegradable packing which naturally deteriorates in your garden or compost pile, creating less waste and more protection for the Chesapeake Bay watershed. You can purchase the plants at either of Homestead Gardens locations. For more information about Chesapeake Harvest visit ChesapeakeHarvest.com
No celebration is complete without a party, and there are plenty of Earth Day celebrations happening state-wide. On Saturday, April 21st, check out Chestertown’s 8th Annual Earth Day Festival happening at Downtown Chestertown’s Memorial Plaza from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Learn about ways you can conserve energy and help keep our planet clean. Enjoy face painting, live music, and great food at this free event. Be sure to check out the Recycled Art Contest sponsored by RiverArts! For more information visit Townofchestertown.com
The party continues across the Bridge on Sunday, April 22nd at the Earth Day and Spring Festival happening on Maryland Avenue and State Circle in Downtown Annapolis. Enjoy live music, delicious food, and fun for the whole family from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This event is free for all ages!
|Thanks to Cate Reynolds of What’s Up Magazine|
“A Dream Written Down With A Date Becomes A Goal.
A Goal Broken Down Into Steps Becomes A Plan.
A Plan Backed By Action Becomes Reality”
Did you know 11% of people are left handed
Did you know August has the highest percentage of births
Did you know unless food is mixed with saliva you can’t taste it
Did you know the average person falls asleep in 7 minutes
Did you know a bear has 42 teeth
Did you know an ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain
“Imagination is more important than knowlege”
The Essence Of A New Day
“This is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this day to use as you will. You can waste it or use it for good. What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; in its place is something that you have left behind…let it be something good.”
“A diamond is a chunk of coal that made good under pressure.”
“If I were to give advice to a young man starting out in life, I should say to him: If you aim for a large broad-gauged success, do not begin your business career, whether you sell your labor or are an independent producer, with the idea of getting the world by hook or crook all you can. In the choice of your profession or your business employment let your first thought be: Where can I fit in so that I may be most effective in the work of the world? Where can I lend a hand in a way most effectively to advance the general interests? Enter life in such a spirit, choose your vocation in that way, and you have taken the first step on the highest road to a large success.”
John D Rockefeller
Maryland’s Favorite Jelly Bean Is Classic Taste
Maryland’s favorite flavor of jelly bean is a classic, while the most popular flavor in the United States is new and surprising.
When it comes to jelly beans, there’s no bigger month for the confection than April. Easter is just a few hops around the corner, on April 1, and National Jelly Bean Day is celebrated on April 22. In honor of these momentous sugar holidays, Candystore.com has pulled together its annual list of the most popular jelly bean flavors in the country, as well as in each state where Marylanders have a classic taste.
This year, the nation has a new favorite flavor, according to the online candy retailer. The number one flavor in the land this year is — drum roll, please — Buttered Popcorn.
“Yes, it’s polarizing. But it’s also America’s number one favorite jelly bean flavor,” said Candystore.com on its blog. “Thousands of people love this smooth, salty and savory jelly bean the best, while others scrunch up their noses when it’s mentioned. Some even write nasty comments about it in their survey form… 🙂 But when the results were tallied, more people loved buttered popcorn flavor than any other.”
In Maryland, the favorite flavor is Orange, which is also No. 7 in popularity nationwide, followed by Cinnamon and Grape. “Like the color of their beloved Orioles, Marylanders love orange flavored jelly beans! We doubt orange jelly beans would taste good with Old Bay on top though,” said Candystore.com.
Neighboring Delaware loves cinnamon, while Virginia goes for the dethroned national champion, black licorice. Pennsylvania is fond of blueberry flavored jelly beans.
The top 21 most popular flavors in the country are:
- Buttered Popcorn
- Black Licorice
- Juicy Pear
- Green Apple
- Toasted Marshmallow
- Cotton Candy
- Root Beer
- Red Apple
“A man complained that on his way home to dinner he had every day to pass through that long field of his neighbors. I advised him to buy it and it would never seem long again.” Ralph Waldo Emmerson
Homeownership Ticks Up in 2017 Despite Shortage of Homes for Sale
| Jan 31, 2018 | REALTOR.com
Just about everyone’s heard of the hordes of harried home buyers competing for a limited number of homes on the market. But in spite of the bidding wars that knock out so many would-be buyers, the homeownership rate is once again ticking up.
The annual homeownership rate hit about 63.9% in 2017—up from about 63.4% a year earlier, according to a recent U.S. Census Bureau report. The last time it went up was from 2003 to 2004.*
A stronger economy, fewer foreclosures, and more millennials starting families and entering the home-buying market are also giving rates a boost. Millennials are a larger generation than Gen X, so what they do can have a larger impact on the housing market.
For example, millennial homeownership nudged up 1.3% annually fourth quarter over fourth quarter, according to the report. But homeownership rises with age.
Only 36% of millennials owned their abodes in the fourth quarter of 2017, compared with 58.9% of those between the ages of 35 and 44 and 69.5% of those aged 45 to 54. Homeownership was at 75.3% for folks aged 55 to 64 and at 79.2% for those 65 and up.
There were regional differences, too. In the more affordable parts of the country, homeownership is highest. The Midwest had the highest rates, where about 68.7% of folks owned the deed to their abodes in the fourth quarter of 2017. The region was followed by the South, at 65.8%; the Northeast, at 60.6%; and the West, at 60%.
*(Realtor.com® averaged the Census’ quarterly rates to come up with the annual numbers.)