April is the month of spring, of colorful landscapes, and of poetry, a time to step outdoors and (finally!) venture…anywhere. This week hub and I took a drive down the Jersey coast to the resort community of Cape May. The day was warmish and sunny, perfect for a stroll around town. A lot of people had the same idea. Who thought lunch reservations would be needed mid-week? I took some pictures.
This one shows a flower arrangement in front of a sign that says, “No obstruction on this site.”
Jennifer, of Unfold and Begin, reminds us that it’s National Poetry month, and looks back at some of her favorite poets through the years. She tells us why she loves listening to poets read their poems, and includes a couple of her favorite poets reading their work.
Tom from Sightings Over Sixty has read studies showing that retirement can be hazardous to your health. So this week at The Risky Business of Retirement he is looking for suggestions on how we can stay active and engaged, achieve the sense of accomplishment we had when we were working or raising kids, and go on to live long and productive lives.
Laurie Stone of Musings, Rants & Scribbles recently saw the most perfect product for sale possible – a lifelike robotic canine. It came with soft fur, a pliable body, and even a “heartbeat.” It moves its head and gives the cutest life-like “responses” to petting and words. Then Laurie looked at her terrier Libby. Don’t worry, she’s not thinking of trading in her beloved fur baby for artificial intelligence, but how nice if Libby had these three built-in features…
And while on the subject of shopping…
Start looking for the symbol “CR Recommended” before you buy autos and other products, advises Rita R. Robison, consumer and personal finance journalist. When someone shops online, at a dealership, or in a store, they’ll see the symbol for products that meet Consumer Reports’ criteria for safety, performance, and reliability. Consumer Reports is a research, testing, and consumer advocacy organization.
There seems to be light at the end of the tunnel after we all experienced a difficult year. Rebecca Olkowski, with Babyboomster.com, reflects on how life has changed as we emerge from isolation. How has it affected you and what will you do differently as you move forward?
Carol Cassara discusses a serious issue this week…
Accompanying the larger circle of acquaintances social media has brought Carol has been the shocking suicides of several she knew in that venue. It’s unclear if more people are taking their own lives or if we’ve simply got more exposure to it. “Can You Stop Suicide?” Carol wonders in her post this week at A Healing Spirit.
Thank you for stopping by, and have a great week. And a picture of one more sign of spring –