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The most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, saw his shadow this morning, which means another ornery six weeks of winter for the folks of Pennsylvania.

But the folks of New York are happy as can be because Staten Island Chuck, of the Staten Island Zoo, did not see his shadow. In groundhog lore this fortells of a shortened winter and with the fresh breath of spring to soon be upon us.

See what kinds of winter-spring predictions were made by groundhogs in your neck of the woods.

Want to know a tad more about groundhog traditions? Read here and here.

 

 

Are you thinking of doing something to serve others on Valentine’s Day? How about showing the world some love and joining in on campaign that welcomes people of all faiths to act toward the betterment of humankind?

Here’s the scoop from the Standing on the Side of Love camp:

“On Sunday, February 14th over 65 communities nationwide will participate in National Standing on the Side of Love Day, a countrywide day of community action organized by the Standing on the Side of Love campaign and sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Across the United States, people from diverse faith backgrounds will mobilize locally to lift up love and fight oppression, exclusion and violence.”

“Love is a value that is celebrated and central to all of the world’s major religions,” says Reverend Meg Riley, Standing on the Side of Love Campaign Chair and UUA Director of Advocacy & Witness.  “Love is more than a just a feeling for a spouse or family member–it is a powerful force that can unite and inspire us to work for a better world. In these times of hardship and uncertainty, the transformative and restorative power of love is a critically important catalyst for change.  This day is about harnessing that power to defend the worth and dignity of all people.”

 

“In places such as Ogden, Utah, Annapolis, Maryland, and Loudon County, Virginia, Unitarian Universalist congregations will partner with other groups to host rallies, press conferences, panel events, letter-writing campaigns, and other activities designed to uphold love and counter exclusion and violence towards immigrant communities, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals, and other marginalized groups.”

 

Find out how you can participate.

 

 

Ooh la la. These images from the Orange Festival in France will lift your spirits!

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And they may just make you thirst for a glass of orange juice with a twist of lemon.

Although they are circulating around the internet as “Orange Festival in the Netherlands” these are images from “Festival Citrusov from South France.” 

Festival Citrusov translates to Orange Festival. 

The French grow citrus in that part of the world and here is how they display and celebrate it.

These elaborate designs–of people, houses, animals and even religious symbols–capture the essence of life, if built with oranges and a base of lemons.

Studies show that oranges can lite your spirits. And lemons too! 

So, why not slice open an orange and eat it as you enjoy these images.

 

 

 

Okay, so this is not exacty a rescue story but perhaps, for some, this is a tale of hope that will lift the heart–especially if you happen to be short and stout.

It may make you happy to know that human females are evolving to a larger size and–in ten generations from now, perhaps–this will be the attractive norm. So consider yourself evolved.

Our friends at Lemomdrop.com report that the woman of the future will be shorter and plumper.

“According to a study by Yale researchers, humans are still evolving, and women are evolving to become shorter and fatter. It is estimated that in 10 generations, women will be two centimeters shorter, weigh one kilogram (around 2.5 lbs.) more, and look back and wonder what kind of freakish monster Angelina Jolie was.”

It may take a while to see this play out in fashion magazines that still love to focus the lens on gals who are more of the bean pole persuasion. But take heart, for a change will be coming, ladies!