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March

NIC's Corner March 8

NIC’s Corner March 19


o   Spring break Arizona.

 


The Arizona Colleen Program began as the Arizona Colleen Pageant, a heritage pageant, in 1983. It is open to single women of Irish ancestry ages of 18 through 28 years old. The winner serves as "Queen" of the Phoenix St. Patrick's Day Parade and Faire.

 

In 2008, programs were added for younger ladies of Irish descent. The Little Miss Shamrock program selects two 6-12 year olds, and the Arizona Outstanding Irish Teen program, retitled the Arizona Irish Lass program in 2010 selects one-two 13-17 year olds.

 

The Colleen and Rose programs are organized by the Phoenix St. Patrick's Day Parade and Faire committee. The Arizona Colleen program seeks to connect not only the Arizona Irish community, but the global Irish diaspora through events and awareness.



NIC’s Corner March 22


 


NIC’s Corner March 29

Today is International Mermaid Day 

Sad is the world that believes in Mermaids but refuses to believe in the Resurrection. Most people believe what they want and are Not IChurch. 

April

Nicole’s Corner April 5

 

Desert Ridge Marketplace is pleased to present Villa Fleur: a lavish pop-up experience specially crafted to celebrate Spring 

Villa Fleur will captivate guests transcending them into an eclectic atmosphere of rich prints and bold textures, striking visuals and lush florals. 
Set under romantic lighting, guests will settle into parlor-style seating designed to ignite the senses while enjoying chef-driven fare and elixirs and a state-of-the-art projection show designed exclusively for Villa Fleur. 
This rare journey is available for a limited time from March 28 through May 12. 


NIC’s Corner April 12

Stop Pancreatic Cancer

 

Local action. Nationwide impact. This is PanCAN PurpleStride, the ultimate walk to end pancreatic cancer!

On April 27, 2024, pancreatic cancer survivors, families, caregivers, researchers and supporters will take steps together at nearly 60 PurpleStride events across the nation to honor everyone affected by the disease. It’s an inspirational day to celebrate survivors, honor those we lost and turn the nation purple!

Your participation and fundraising help pancreatic cancer patients in your community by:

  • Offering free, personalized support and resources through PanCAN Patient Services
  • Providing molecular testing at no cost through PanCAN's Know Your Tumor®
  • Supporting PanCAN’s research priorities of finding an early detection strategy and accelerating treatments
  • Creating hope – because a five-year survival rate of 13% is just not acceptable

Ready to take action to improve outcomes for pancreatic cancer patients? Register for free and start fundraising today!

Coachella--April 12-21--Get your music fill at the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The annual 2-weekend, 3-day fest kicks off in Indio, CA, with m ore than 150 performances.


NIC’s Corner April 19-“Little by little, one goes far” 

Highly Sensitive Person: 5 Things That Are Draining Your Energy Without You Realizing[4] 

If you identify as a highly sensitive person (HSP) in 2023, you’ll likely be familiar with a general feeling of overwhelm and emotional exhaustion. 

Are you feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, and overloaded all at the same time? 

Us too. Here are the five things in your life that might be draining your energy without you even realizing.

 

You’re saying ‘yes’ too often

It sounds obvious being too available is a quick way to drain anyone, but especially HSPs. Yes, it’s tempting to agree to every brunch plan, birthday party and family day, but it’s essential to make sure you have enough time to recoup between. The same goes for agreeing to emotional labour, too. 

As Boyer urges: “Check your boundaries, my friend!” If you don’t have the capacity to be there for a friend, be honest and tell them so. A good friend will understand and respect your limits.

You’re always multitasking

As productive as it may feel, research actually suggests that multitasking takes a serious toll on output. Our brains lack the ability to perform multiple tasks at the same time, so in moments where we think we’re multitasking, we’re likely just switching quickly from task to task.

For HSPs, this can be particularly taxing on their already fraught nervous system. Instead, Boyer advises batching similar tasks together as often as you can. “You’ll be amazed at how much more you get done this way,” she says.

“Because, more often than not, it’s the minutiae of life that slowly wears us down”

You’re procrastinating on annoying to-dos

Clearing out your wardrobe, filing paperwork and stocking up your cupboards are never anyone’s favourite chores, but having small tasks sit on your to-do list week after week takes up valuable mental space and unconsciously drains your energy. Actually, the best way to tackle it is by just doing the task. It might feel like a slog at first, but she promises you’ll feel much better for it.

You have a messy, cluttered space

“As an HSP, you’re taking in everything in your environment,” explains Boyer. So it’s important to set yourself up for success with a calming, mess-free area, no matter the size of your home. “ Tidying up, changing a paint color, or reorganizing a space can do wonders for your energy,” she adds.

You’re too available and accessible

Once again, the key here is setting boundaries. “When we’re always accessible, we take ourselves out of the flow, give away our energy, and de-prioritise ourselves,” stresses Boyer. It can be hard, but checking yourself when you feel like you’re acting on your people pleasing tendencies or allowing others to trauma dump on you can be a vital first step in protecting yourself.

Fun things to do in Arizona. 

Go to Slide Rock

 

Beware of others’ butts when in the water! 

Also in the ocean


NIC’s Corner April 26

Stop Pancreatic Cancer

 

Local action. Nationwide impact. This is PanCAN PurpleStride, the ultimate walk to end pancreatic cancer!

On April 27, 2024, pancreatic cancer survivors, families, caregivers, researchers and supporters will take steps together at nearly 60 PurpleStride events across the nation to honor everyone affected by the disease. It’s an inspirational day to celebrate survivors, honor those we lost and turn the nation purple!

Your participation and fundraising help pancreatic cancer patients in your community by:

  • Offering free, personalized support and resources through PanCAN Patient Services
  • Providing molecular testing at no cost through PanCAN's Know Your Tumor®
  • Supporting PanCAN’s research priorities of finding an early detection strategy and accelerating treatments
  • Creating hope – because a five-year survival rate of 13% is just not acceptable

Ready to take action to improve outcomes for pancreatic cancer patients? Register for free and start fundraising today!

Event

Shenandoah Apple Blossom FestivalApril 26 thru May 5-- Take in the small-town charm of Winchester, VA, in this 6-day celebration of spring. First held in 1924, the annual festival packs a wallop of more than 30 events into its lineup: band competitions, dances, parades, carnival, a 10K race, the coronation of Queen Shenandoah and so much more, attracting crowds in excess of 250,000.

May

NIC’s Corner May 3

Dog friendly activity in Lake Havasu

Copper Still Distillery

Fido is welcome to join you for specialty cocktails at the dog-friendly attraction Copper Still Distillery. A small family-owned distillery, you and Fido are invited to the front or rear patios to enjoy a wide selection of flavored moonshine, vodka, whiskey, gin, and rum. Copper Still has a full bar and showcases tasty seasonal signature cocktails which you can remake at home using spirits sold on the premises. Light snacks are available as you sit and relax with a delicious refreshing summer cocktail or whiskey-infused winter warmer.

May 7th is National Cosmo Day


Nicole’s Corner-May 10 Relaxing Getaway

Wine. Dine. Unwind. Retail therapy and aromatherapy are both on the agenda during this circuit of Greater Phoenix’s plentiful people pleasures.

Day 1: Phoenix spa day

Rejuvenate after your travels with a day at one of Phoenix’s premier destination spas, such as the Alvadora Spa or the Joya Spa .

Let the elements of the desert heal and rejuvenate with a spa treatment inspired by the local landscape.

Day 2: Retail therapy

Stroll beneath the palms in a sprawling shopper’s paradise at Biltmore Fashion Park or Kierland Commons, and splurge on couture at Scottsdale Fashion Square.

Take home a thoughtful gift from a local boutique such as MADE Art Boutique, downtown’s Bunky Boutique or one of these other shops selling local goods.

Day 3: Wine tours, scotch tastings, craft beer

Tour and taste your way through Arizona’s wineries on a short-day trip from Phoenix.

If you’re not a fan of reds and whites, just browse the shelves of Westin Kierland’s extensive Scotch Library, or hop on a ride with Arizona Brewery Tours to explore Phoenix's craft beer scene.

The Scotch Library at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

Day 4: A day by the pool and fine dining

Don’t leave America’s sunniest metropolis without spending a little time poolside. From serene settings to wild water parks, we've got a resort pool to fit your style.

Cap your getaway with fine fare just steps away from your pool chair at Phoenix resort restaurants such as Prado Restaurant and Mbar at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia and elements at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain, A Gurney's Resort & Spa.

NIC’s Corner-May 17 Coast Guard hunks and Movies

NIC’s Corner-Check out British Columbia

May 24 - 26, 2024 

Feast of the Flowering Moon is held annually on Memorial Day weekend in historic, downtown Chillicothe, Ohio.  

The festival offers plenty of family-friendly entertainment for residents and visitors to Chillicothe, Ohio. Featured activities include Native American music and dancing, crafters, exhibitors, Mountain Man Encampment with working craftsmen and demonstrations, entertainment and much more. 

Historic Gettysburg Homes Open for Overnight Stays | Gettysburg National Military Park[6]

 

For those of you who have an interest in Civil War history, you may be interested to hear that you can stay overnight at both the Michael Bushman and John Slyder houses on the Gettysburg battlefield starting May 24th, 2024.

Gettysburg National Military Park is located in southern Pennsylvania. The Gettysburg battlefield is free to visit and open daily from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset (weather permitting).

The Historic Bushman House was built in 1808 and restored and updated in 2017. The house is set back from the roadways and nestled within landmarks such as Little Round Top and Devil's Den, according to the NPS website. The Bushman house has 3 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, and has a fully equipped and updated kitchen. You'll also be happy to hear it has air conditioning and central heating for added comfort. Click the following link for a full screen virtual tour: https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=JLG3ydrb1Wv

·         The World Day of Prayer for the Church in China is observed today.

NICs Day-May 31 Eat Fish on Fridays



Daily Devotions

·         Unite in the work of the Porters of St. Joseph by joining them in fasting: An End to Addictions

·         Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus

·         Offering to the sacred heart of Jesus

·         Drops of Christ’s Blood

·         Universal Man Plan

·         Iceman’s 40 devotion

·         Operation Purity

·         Rosary

  


June

NIC’s Corner-June 7

Exercise that requires strength, beauty, courage and a little stupidity. Kind of like going out into the desert where there are snakes and pointy things.

All forms of aerial arts can be incredibly dangerous since your whole body will be suspended in the air and your entire weight will be held up by what is essentially a piece of fabric.

Aerial silks (also known as aerial contortionaerial ribbonsaerial tissuesfabricribbon, or tissu) is a type of performance in which one or more artists perform aerial acrobatics while hanging from a specialist fabric. The fabric may be hung as two pieces, or a single piece, folded to make a loop, classified as hammock silks. Performers climb the suspended fabric without the use of safety lines and rely only on their training and skill to ensure safety. They use the fabric to wrap, suspend, drop, swing, and spiral their bodies into and out of various positions. The fabric may also be used to fly through the air, striking poses and figures. Some performers use rosin (dried or mixed with rubbing alcohol) on their hands and feet to increase the friction and grip on the fabric. Aerial silks is a demanding art and requires a high degree of strength, power, flexibility, courage, stamina, and grace to practice.[10]

·         Today is the World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests. The World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests takes place every year on the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.


NIC’s Corner June 14-lots happening; buy a solder a drink

·         Army Birthday

·         Bourbon Day

·         Donald Trump’s Birthday

o   I’m Riding with Biden but I am CINO (catholic in name only)

o   How many catholic’s voted for Biden?

§  None of them

·         I will have the strawberry shortcake

For I know well the plans I have in mind for you—oracle of the LORD—plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future of hope.

Jeremiah 29:11

Nic’s Corner-June 21-Friday have fish or Soup


A Friend Loves at all Times Proverbs 17:17

 

·         Minestrone


 

June is national Accordion Month

June is all about celebrating a special musical gem—it’s National Accordion Awareness Month! This month, the accordion is the focus of the spotlight, a unique and versatile instrument that adds a rich sound to various music styles.

From folk tunes to polka and beyond, the accordion has a special place in the hearts of music enthusiasts.

·         My Mother played the piano and her brother played the accordion.

Party in the Park

My father relayed the following story to me. That my mother’s brother was very good at the accordion and brought it to a park in Fort Huachuca and played 4 hours and people danced and had a great time. Lawrence Welk. 

Bless the LORD, my soul; and do not forget all his gifts, 3Who pardons all your sins, and heals all your ills,4Who redeems your life from the pit, and crowns you with mercy and compassion, 5Who fills your days with good things, so your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. (Psalm 105: 2-5)

Full Strawberry Moon


 

According to the almanac today we are having a Full Strawberry Moon; plan to make homemade strawberry ice cream and share with your children or grandchildren. Teach them the value of not saying a bad word about others.


July 11

NIC’s Corner-What was the Physicality of Christ like?

Here is what I got from Co-pilot:

In the tapestry of Jesus Christ’s life, His teachings, miracles, and spiritual legacy are threads that have woven a history-changing narrative. Yet, among these divine aspects, the humble profession of carpentry attributed to Jesus during His time on Earth offers a unique perspective on His human experience.

 

According to biblical references, Jesus was indeed a carpenter. Mark 6:3 explicitly asks, “Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” This direct association with carpentry provides a rare glimpse into Jesus’s day-to-day life before His public ministry began.[1]

 

Carpentry during Jesus’s era in Galilee demanded skill and an intimate knowledge of materials like wood and possibly stone. Being referred to as a carpenter underscores Jesus’s integration into the socio-economic fabric of His time, reflecting both humility and the inherent dignity of labor. Symbolically, the profession of carpentry resonates with themes of construction and restoration, mirroring Jesus’s mission to rebuild and renew the spiritual lives of those He encountered.

 

The term “tekton,” used in the original Greek scriptures to describe Jesus, broadly translates to “craftsman” or “builder,” suggesting He may have worked with both wood and stone. This interpretation aligns with the architectural practices of His region and time, presenting a broader view of Jesus’s craftsmanship abilities.

 

While the New Testament does not specify when Jesus began His carpentry apprenticeship, historical and cultural contexts suggest it would likely have been in His early teens. This initiation into carpentry marked the start of many years dedicated to learning and practicing the trade, paralleling the journey of many young men in ancient Jewish society.

 

Traditionally, Joseph, Jesus’s earthly father, is believed to have been His mentor in carpentry. This familial apprenticeship would have seen Jesus learning the trade hands-on from Joseph, in line with the era’s traditions of vocational inheritance.

 

In summary, Jesus’s occupation as a carpenter reflects His humble upbringing and choice to live a simple life, working with His hands. Carpentry represents humility, hard work, and the importance of shaping our lives with love and compassion.[2]

 

·         Let Freedom Ring Day 6 Freedom from Envy


Understanding and Managing Envy in Modern Life[3]

Envy is a universal emotion. Virtually every discovered civilization—past and present—contains artifacts that record its presence through human history, permeating virtually every aspect of our lives. From ancient scriptures to modern social media feeds, the narrative of envy has evolved, yet its core remains unchanged: it is the discomfort and longing provoked by others' possessions or successes. This post delves into the multifaceted nature of envy. Beginning with an exploration of envy in Greek and Biblical sources, we turn to examine how it is an emotion of utmost social importance—relating to how we find ourselves within our own tribes. We then turn to modern, psychoanalytic understandings of envy before discussing ways to remedy its often-corrosive effects on our mental health.

He restores my soul. He guides me along right paths for the sake of his name. Psalm 23:3

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