March madness

As mad as a March hare is a well known saying.  There seems to be a lot going on this March.  This is partly because Easter (at least in the Western calendar) is before the end of the month.  Being a movable feast it can fall in March or April.

World Book Day was 3 March.  This year I have not been involved.  In the past I have variously had to produce fancy dress costumes, received a book from a friend and attended an event at a local arts centre.

I was involved in Women’s World Day of Prayer on 4 March and attended a service prepared by the Christian women of Cuba.  We reflected on Jesus’ words about children and coming to him “as a little child”.

Holy Week is the week preceding Easter.  For most school children in the UK this is not a holiday week.  The school term ends for many on Maundy Thursday, making Good Friday the first day of the holiday.  Because Easter is early the term has been short and the holiday is delayed in an attempt to make the spring and summer terms similar in length.

With Good Friday being a Bank Holiday I predict busy roads.  Not many people go to church on Good Friday in Britain these days.  Even those who attend regularly on Sundays seem to shy away from this day which is central to the Christian faith.

The Ladies’ Bible study group has been looking at St Luke’s Gospel.  At our first meeting in March we were looking at Jesus’ trial and crucifixion.  Next time we’ll be examining the evidence for his resurrection.

Most believers have lives in society at large and are not cloistered away.  I am aware that on the Monday of Holy Week this year two events will loom large on social media:  World Poetry Day and the Theme Reveal for the A to Z challenge.

There are likely to be performances of choral works with an Easter (or Passiontide) theme in many places.  The two choirs I belong to are combining to perform Stainer’s Crucifixion.  It is a few years since we last sang it in Holy Week.  In the meantime we have sung Fauré’s Requiem more than once.

Tomorrow is celebrated as Mothering Sunday in the UK.  The Sunday in the middle of Lent is the traditional date.  It is not to be confused with Mother’s Day across the Atlantic, although most cards have Mother’s Day rather than Mothering Sunday printed on them.

It makes for a busy weekend for me as I am involved in both the orchestra and the choir.  After my experience at Christmas, when I realised in the rehearsal that a piece of music I had been given was in a different key from that of the rest of the players, I am even less likely to skip a rehearsal!  My instrument is a humble recorder on which I attempt to play a flute or violin line.

March looks like being a busy month for me.  How about you?


Women’s days and craziness

Today is the day chosen to be the Women’s World Day of Prayer.  It is always the first Friday in March, so this is the latest possible date for it.

Tomorrow is International Women’s Day.

Both of these are appearing in my Twitter feed.

I have attended a service for the Women’s World Day of Prayer in the village where I live most years since I was invited.  Each year Christian women from a particular country plan a service which is then adapted slightly to be suitable for use in each country which observes this day.  The countries for the next seven years have already been selected.

Writing about that  links rather better with yesterday’s Daily prompt than today’s as it is a tradition.

Services are held at various time of day and sometimes not on the actual day, but the same readings, prayers and songs/hymns are used.  At the service I attend, we are given our service booklets about a week beforehand, so that we can look through it and be prepared to read at the appropriate time.

Afterwards we have light refreshments and the chance to chat with people we may not have seen for a while.

This post so far is an example of my writing to raise awareness.  Other posts I have written in a similar vein have been for various action days.

Today’s daily prompt is about crazy actions.

Daily Prompt: Let’s Go Crazy

by Krista on March 7, 2014

Sometimes, we act on impulse: it could be something as small as ordering that special dessert on the menu, maybe asking out that cute boy or girl, or as large quitting your job and selling everything you own to become a shepherd in New Zealand. What’s the most crazy, outrageously impulsive thing you’ve ever done? If you’ve never succumbed to temptation, dream a little. If you gave yourself permission to go a little crazy, what would you do?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us IMPULSE.

For me blogging could be considered rather crazy.  Many people think of the internet as being a dangerous place.  I dived straight into blogging as a way of writing.  I already had a Facebook account and soon after I had started my second blog, I realised it might be a good idea to have a Facebook page.  Blog Action Day was the motivation for me to start using Twitter.  Facebook is rather like watching paint dry.  Twitter is more interactive and it is possible to keep abreast of world, national and local news all in one place.

Google + is another new venture.  I am not quite sure what I am aiming to do in that environment.  The  #AtoZchallenge is for bloggers on any platform and Twitter, Facebook and Google + are all possiblilites for communication between bloggers.

I completed the Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge last year just over a month after starting my second blog.  It was fairly rash of me to embark on it, but I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to this year’s challenge.  The theme reveal is on 21 March and I have most of my posts in an advanced stage of preparation.

Even crazier than entering the A to Z challenge, was becoming involved with the first UK Blog Awards.  I entered both my blogs – one of them twice.  I encouraged people to vote for them in the public vote, but was very surprised when they were both short-listed in the (individual) education category.  Crazier still, I am going to join all the young hopefuls at the awards evening, part way through the A to Z challenge.  I have a feeling that I’ll be one of the oldest old fogeys there.

My plans are well in hand for the trip.  I have a very good idea what I am going to wear and I can guarantee that my outfit will be unique.  So I am looking forwards to the month of April for two reasons, which many people might consider completely…

…now what’s the word I’m looking for?

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