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It's that most glorious time of year when the world wakes up from it's sleep, shakes off the snow and rises to greet the sun after it's long winter nap. There is something in the air that just makes you want to turn a cartwheel and sing "Spring is bustin' out all over!" This month in Welcome Home magazine spring into action and get that spring cleaning finally started. Ever wonder what Easter symbols really mean? Check out the 411 on the traditions and their origins. Want to hold your best yard sale ever? Let us tell you how! We will get you started on cleaning up and clearing out those winter blues and help educate you on Easter as well. Take our advice and start preparing now to get your life organized for your best spring ever! Please enjoy this issue of the magazine! Have a hoppy April, and as always, Welcome Home! If you have comments or suggestions please email us at , we love to hear from you! Also if there is a subject that you would like to see covered, let us know! We look forward to hearing from you!

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Welcome Home! Table of Contents 4

Recipe And Design A tasty recipe and a stylish home design how to.

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Steps To Yard Sale Success Fast hints to get your sale started.

The Easter Lily And Other Easter Flowers Discover what makes a beautiful Easter bouquet. 6-7

8 - 11 Easter Time: It’s Most Popular Symbols The origins of the Easter symbols we love.

12 - 13 Spring Cleaning For Procrastinators Ways to motivate yourself for the big spring clean.

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Easter Eggs Traditions and practices around the world.

16 - 17 Products To Love! Hot trends, technological wonders of tomorrow and so much more!

18 City Spotlight Houston, Texas. The say everything’s bigger in Texas, including the fun! 19 Businesses That Make A Difference Ben and Jerry’s, so much more than famous, fabulous Ice Cream.

Welcome Home is for entertainment purposes only. This magazine is not intended to solicit other brokersʼ listings. If you are currently working with another broker, please disregard this information. All pictures courtesy of unless otherwise noted. Thanks to Wikipedia for Random Fact information and aid.

Editor in Chief - Phly Jambor The information provided in this publication of Welcome Home or on any website maintained by U.S. Cybertek, Inc. or any of its subsidiaries, divisions, affiliates, agents, representatives, licensors, licensees or employees (collectively Publisher) is intended as a general guide illustrating common methods of common practices, and the publisher makes no warranty or guarantee whatsoever of the safety, effectiveness, or other characteristic of any methods or products described herein. Neither does the Publisher assume any liability for information published in any website or other publication to which reference may be made herein. Readers are cautioned to review and comply with all written instructions, safety bulletins, and other materials provided in connection with any of the products mentioned herein and all products used in connection with any of the methods described. Neither Published nor any of its subsidiaries, divisions, affiliates, agents, representatives, licensors, licensees or employees shall in any case be liable to you or anyone else for any loss or injury or any direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, special punitive or similar damages arising out of your use of or failure to use any of the methods and/ or products described in this publication or any other publication or websites to which reference may be made herein. Publisher disclaims all warranties, and any warranty or guarantee of safety, merchantability, or fitness for any particular purpose lies solely with the manufacture(s) of any product described or recommended or used used in connection with any methods described or recommended.

Recipe and Design Apricot-Glazed Carrots

Handsome Belted Pillow

They say that carrots are good for your eyes and whether that is true or not, these carrots are certainly good for your taste buds.

What You Need:

• 1 yard of striped silk • 5/8 yard of linen • 2 yards of knotted fringe trim • 28x14-inch pillow form • Leather belt with metal buckle

Ingredients • 2 pounds carrots, sliced • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, divided • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine • 1/3 cup apricot preserves • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg • 1 teaspoon grated orange rind • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice • Garnish: fresh Italian parsley

Preparation 1.

Cook carrot and 1 teaspoon salt in boiling water to cover in a large saucepan 15 to 20 minutes or until tender; drain.


Melt butter in saucepan; stir in apricot preserves until blended. Stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, nutmeg, orange rind, and orange juice. Add carrot, and toss to coat. Garnish, if desired.

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Instructions: Cut the fabrics - From striped silk, cut: Two 29x15-inch rectangles - From linen, cut:One 14x29-inch rectangle - From knotted fringe trim, cut: Two 30-inch lengths 1.


3. 4.

Sew the striped silk rectangles together, leaving an 18-inch opening along one long side; turn. Insert the pillow form through the opening; handstitch the opening closed. Turn each long edge of the linen rectangle under 1 inch; press. Fold rectangle in half with right side inside. Sew the short ends together to make a tube and turn right side out. Stitch one length of knotted fringe trim to each edge of the linen tube. Slip the tube over the striped silk pillow. Wrap the belt around the pillow; buckle. If necessary for a tight fit, punch additional holes in the leather and carefully trim the excess leather with a crafts knife. Courtesy of Better Homes and


Steps To


It's now officially summer and for many people, that means yard sale (or garage sale) time. Have a yard sale and get rid of all those things that you have tossed during your Spring cleaning "spree." Now that you have all of this "stuff," what do you do with it? Step One: Get it organized. Put books with books and dishes with dishes. You get the picture. All like items together. Step Two: Write the ad for your yard sale and get it to your local newspaper and Recycler publication. When writing your ads and your yard sale signs, remember that the words that sell the best are "Collectibles" and "Everything Must Go!" Your yard sale sign should be written with a bold black marker on a bright yellow card stock. It really catches the eye and makes it easier to read. Don't make the mistake of writing

too small. Make your printing large enough that people can see it when they drive by. Add a large arrow - and don't forget to put your address on it. Step Three: Price your items. Some things like books and sweaters or other clothing, will sell better if you sell them as two-for-one or three-for-one. Create small cards to place on your set of books say, "3 for $5.00." Now, aren't you glad you already have all your books together? Step Four: Set up your tables and other areas for your sale. Set up a table especially for smaller items such as jewelry. Antique dealers have a secret for selling small items: display them on a dark colored tablecloth. This shows them off better than light colors or bare tables. Also, sorting jewelry into individual baggies gives the idea that each item is special - even if it's not!

Step Five: Ready, Set Go! You have everything ready so now you can sit back and rake in the cash. Well, not really. If you want to really sell, you need to join the crowd and talk to your customers. Make them happy. Give a toy to a child. Dicker over the price of an item. Throw something in for free and tell them, "The more you buy, the cheaper you can get it." Your goal here (besides making money) is to get rid of your clutter! Step Six: When the yard sale is over, don't put everything that's left back into your house. It's tempting to save it for the next yard sale but you'll usually just end up selling the same items over and over again. Take everything to a charity such as Good Will or the Salvation Army. That will make your yard sale a true success - cleaning out all of your unwanted stuff!

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The Easter Lily and Other Easter Flowers Easter flowers have always brought beauty and spirituality to the special holiday. There are a variety of elegant and vibrant flowers that enhance the meaning of Easter. These flowers are used to decorate homes, churches, and are even given as gifts. They make for great table center

piece for family and friends to enjoy while eating their delicious Easter dinner. When selecting the perfect flowers for your holiday celebration, it is important to know the types of flowers that are typically used to renew this meaningful occasion. 1. Easter Lily - The Easter Lily is the most popular Easter flower. Although the traditional Easter lily is white with a bell-shaped flower, there are a number of different colors of lilies to choose from such as pink, white, yellow, and red orange. Originating in Japan, the Easter Lily symbolizes purity and renewal of Easter. Because of the shape of the Easter Lilies petals, Christians refer to them as the trumpet of God summoning Jesus to return. 2. Hydrangeas - Another popular flower for the Easter holiday, the Hydrangea, is a short growing shrub with stunning blooms. This beautiful flower will bloom in the spring making it a great choice for the Easter holiday. The flower head of the hydrangea is big, round and consists of a number of differ color hues such as white, blue, and pink. It is a popular decorative flower for such places as a church and it is also a popular Easter gift, especially for hosts of Easter dinners. 3. Daffodils - Daffodils, also known as Narcissus, are another popular Easter flower. This vibrant flower contains six petals which are yellow. Daffodils symbolize rebirth and eternal life which is relevant to the Christian meaning of Easter. Daffodils also bloom in the spring. According to Christian beliefs, the flower bloomed during Christ's resurrection. 4. Tulips - The tulip is a popular flower that adds beautiful decor to Easter celebrations. The elegant tulip symbolizes the rebirth of spring and true love. This striking flower blooms in the spring and the flower itself has a teacup shape. Tulips are available in a broad spectrum of colors. 5. Hyacinths - The Hyacinth is available in a variety of colors that include white, blue, purple, and pink. These gorgeous flowers are often used in Easter bouquets and as a table centerpiece. The flower petals are small and it blooms in the spring. 6. Azaleas - Many people give Azaleas as an Easter gift. They are available in a variety of beautiful colors such as orange, white, red, and pink. They bloom around Easter time which makes them a popular choice for the holiday. When you ask people what they think of when they reflect upon Easter, many will say colored eggs and colorful Easter baskets. These are widely known Easter symbols; however, beautiful colorful flowers have had a long Easter history. When planning your Easter celebrations, consider including eye-catching flowers such as the traditional Easter Lily. It will make your holiday much more meaningful and memorable.

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Easter Time And It’s On Easter weekend those of the Christian faith (Catholics, Orthodox, Protestants, Anglicans, Baptists...) celebrate the crucifixion and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the past, the Easter Sunday was generally reserved for the baptism of a large number of catechumens. Also, the council of Lateran (1215) ordered that those who reached the age of reason had to take the Holy communion at least once a year (in French "faire ses Pâques"). So Easter is the most important Christian celebration of the year. In Romance languages, Pâques or Pascua... is derived from the Greek word "Pascha". In the Germanic languages, "Easter" - also called "Pascha" - was taken from "Eastre", the Saxon goddess associated to the Spring. Indeed, many years ago, the Saxons celebrated the god of the Spring, called "Eostre" and held festivals every year to celebrate the Spring Equinox, when the day and the night were equal length. These festivals were celebrated to ensure fertility across both the land and people. The Saxons converted to Christianity and the name of their celebration became "Easter" in order to celebrate both the Spring and the religious Pascha times. The idea behind the two occasions is different, but they share common symbols and traditions that people still use today. Briefly explained, the Christian Easter occurs as follows: the first Sunday after the full moon that follows the spring equinox (according to the Gregorian calendar). Except for the Orthodox church that still refers to the Julian Calendar (13 days behind the Gregorian calendar). So Easter is a mobile holiday that oscillates between March 22nd and April 25th. Regarding Easter Monday,

Most Popular Symbols it is just a bank holiday and it has no religious meaning. Since many centuries, in addition to the religious Easter traditions people celebrate the festive Easter season by organizing family gatherings, giving presents, sending greeting cards and much more. Easter, both religious and popular has its symbols. Here are a few ones: The Easter Bells In some European countries, Easter bells have a great symbolic aspect. In the ancient times, the bells of our churches were ringing every day of the year to invite people to attend the mass, to celebrate a royal wedding, the birth of a prince, or for any other public event. On Maundy Thursday, all the bells will stop ringing: they leave our countries for Rome where the Holy See is located and they will be blessed by the pope. Since Jesus died on Good Friday and resurrected on Easter Sunday these days of silence are a symbol of mourning and recollection. Therefore, the bells will ring again on Easter Sunday, returning from Rome where they brought Easter eggs that they will drop in our gardens. Besides Jesus' resurrection, Easter bells also symbolize the rebirth of the Spring. The Easter Eggs The use of eggs in celebration existed long before our modern day observance. Indeed, in Egypt and ancient Persia, people were used to dye eggs with the colors of the spring and gave them to their relatives. Eggs were considered as symbols of rebirth. Centuries ago, Christians gathered on the public places and were looking for eggs: after the privations of Lent, Christians appreciated to eat those eggs. It was the forerunner of our Easter egg hunt. Another custom was that, at the end of the Easter Mass, our kings distributed eggs (usually made in a luxurious material, painted,

engraved ...) to the noble of their court. The most famous eggs are FabergĂŠ eggs. Thus the tradition of Easter eggs is not just commercial but well an old tradition. The Easter Chicken Where do the eggs come from? From the chicken... so, as the chicken gives her eggs (decorated or not) it's an essential Easter symbol. The Easter chicken custom is popular in many countries but originated from Austria. Today, it is often symbolized by a chicken made out of chocolate. Depending of the country, the Easter chicken is replaced by chicks, cock, stork, cuckoo, etc. The Easter Bunny The first animal that has been associated to Easter was not the rabbit but well the hare. The hare is an animal symbolizing abundance, proliferation and renewal. He was regarded as an animal very prolific, especially in the spring and was a symbol of life and fertility. It may have its origins in an ancient oriental culture. The rabbit was the symbol of Eastre, the Saxon goddess. The idea of the rabbit as a part of Christian tradition was introduced in colonial days by the Germans. The hare and the rabbit were associated to the Easter eggs for the first time in Alsace and Germany six centuries ago. In some countries, Children are taught that the Easter Bunny brings treats on the night before Easter. The eggs, rabbits and chocolate are closely linked! The Lamb In the New Testament, Jesus is often identified with the lamb, and especially the paschal lamb, as there is a parallel between his death and that of the paschal lamb - the lamb, is sacrificed in both western and eastern religions. By the blood of Jesus Christ, the people of God is released from death and can enter into a new life. And so, in

many countries, people eat a leg of lamb on Easter Sunday. The Cross The symbol of the cross has been associated with Christianity and Easter since the first centuries after Jesus' death. The cross was a symbol of Jesus, who died to save all those who receive baptism, it was also a symbol of cruelty throughout the Roman Empire. Today Christians view the cross as a symbol of courage and salvation. In Anglo-Saxon countries, people bake "hot cross buns" (buns marked with a cross) that they eat on Good Friday. The lily This flower; which is also an Easter symbol, is a Japanese flower. The lily is the symbol of the arrival of the Spring, purity and holiness. This flower is known for its beauty and its pride. A legend says that at the time Jesus went to a place, all the flowers, plants and animals bowed to his passage, except the lilies: they were too proud. But when the lilies saw Jesus on the cross, their head bent and since that day, they continue to bend their head as a sign of respect. Nice legend, isn't it? The Easter Water It is an old custom that disappears... Unknown today, the Easter water was an important Easter element for our ancestors as it was deemed to have very beneficent virtues. Early in the morning, before the sunrise, people went to the river and brought several gallons water. The Easter water and a branch that people received at the church on the Sunday before Easter Sunday were used the bless the home and protect it against inclemencies. People also drank this water to cure diseases. Now that you know the origins and symbols of the holiday of Easter, I wish you a happy Easter! Article by Holly Day. Courtesy of

Spring Cleaning For


Does the phrase "spring cleaning" strike fear and loathing into your heart? Does it seem like the Mt. Everest of housekeeping - something that only a few can ever claim they attempted and succeeded? Don't fear. Spring cleaning doesn't have to be so scary, but it is something we should all do. It's also not just about cleaning blinds and sweeping baseboards, though that is good too. Instead, you can use spring cleaning as a great way to remember to schedule maintenance and

service checks on your house that will prevent problems down the line. So, pull on a pair of your cutest rubber gloves and get to work. Sarah on "scheduling spring cleaning" "It is really easy to think of spring cleaning as an overwhelming task. My husband and I have been known to turn spring cleaning into summer cleaning because we conveniently "forget" to do it, or in other words, just put it off. This year, I picked a day in the calendar and called my in-laws to spend time with the kids so we can really focus on the tasks at hand. It's a win-win, since the kids get a day with the grandparents and we get a solid block of time to get it done." Alicia on "a perfect reason for a party"

"I am the first one to admit that I am better about cleaning my house when I know someone is coming over. Thus, to motivate myself to get moving on the spring cleaning, I have been holding a Welcome Spring party for the last few years. Because I want a sparkling environment for the party, my house gets the attention it deserves. I kill two birds with one stone: spring cleaning, and catching up with dear friends." Here are some tried-and-true tips for tackling this task: 1. Make the Big List. There really is nothing better than seeing a laundry list of everything that needs to get done and then being able to cross it off, one by one. Make a big list of all the seemingly small tasks and chores and as you're knocking them off, you'll get a little thrill each time you check something off.

2. Break it Down. Look at your house room by room. If you think of everything that has to get done in your entire house, you'll feel defeated before you even begin. Start with one room and map out the critical tasks for whipping it into shape. Doing so also makes it easier for you to figure out how accomplish step 3. 3. Divvy It Up. Don't be a martyr and try to tackle the project by yourself. If you live with others, they should pitch in as well. Make sure to sit down with your roommates or family and decide who should do what. You can let them pick which tasks they want, delegate based on age and ability, or give them the luck of the draw. If you choose the latter, write down each task to be accomplished on a scrap of paper. Put the pieces in a bowl and have each person pick a chore to do from the bowl. 4. Get Started. It sounds simple, yes, but it's true. Once you get the ball rolling, it's much easier to keep it rolling. If you're procrastinating, start with something small. For example, grab a bottle of glass cleaner and go to town on one mirror or window. You'll get some instant gratification, which will make you more likely to just keep on going. 5. Give Yourself a Break. Nobody said spring cleaning had to be perfect, or be done in one day. Start small. Consider devoting one hour a week for five weeks, rather than picking one "doomsday" day for spring cleaning. We know these tips will help you get your Spring Cleaning done in no time!

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Easter Eggs: Traditions & Practices Worldwide

If you think about Easter the first thing that one thinks of is Easter eggs. Easter eggs used to be a symbol of fertility and new life as per the Orthodox and Catholic, Christians - however these days Easter eggs can also be made use of as being a gift giving idea. Chocolate Easter eggs make tasty gift ideas and are able to come in several different shapes and forms.

Although the Religious festival of Easter is far more typically referred to as a commemoration of the Resurrection of Christ, Easter was initially famous a long time before this by Pagans. For Christians the egg consequently represents new life, a practice which has held up into recent times where it's epitomized by using the chocolate Easter eggs we now see at Easter time. What are Easter eggs without the Easter bunny? The Easter rabbit can be tracked back to the Pagan days. Worldwide, the Easter bunny is a most important image of Easter much like how Santa Clause is the symbol of X-mas. The Easter rabbit is known to disguise Easter eggs and young children like the idea of having to go on an Easter egg hunt to try and find many of the stashed eggs. Designing hard-boiled Easter eggs at Easter time is an additional well-known tradition and one of which comes from the belief that the 1st eggs ever offered at Easter were birds eggs. Because of this, these eggs were painted in bright colors, which would give them further meaning as a gift item therefore, the tradition continues.

Slavic countries, eggs are colored red that displays a symbol of the blood of Christ. Egg rolling is known as a well-liked Easter activity in the UK which is commonly undertaken on Easter Monday - where families nationally will spin their adorned Easter eggs down a hill. According to where within the continent that you are, the champion may be dependent on the egg that rolls the furthest, endures the most rolls, or is thrown between two pegs. A little well-known truth is that the date of Easter Sunday shifts from year upon year simply because it is according to the lunar calendar. It is celebrated on the very first Sunday right after the full moon, on or soon after March twenty-first. A worldwide practice, Easter is one of the most important times of the year for individuals everywhere across the planet. Easter really should be a period to spend with your family but furthermore an occasion to remember the resurrection of Jesus. The actual notion of supplying family chocolate Easter eggs is great to get anybody directly into the true Easter spirit.

The practice of coloring eggs in vibrant colorings, representing the rainbows, sun light and fresh colors of springtime, goes back to the Middle Ages and it's still an important custom for many Christian believers today. The fact is, in Germany it is traditional to paint eggs green and ingest them on Covenant Thursday - the Religious feast or sacred period falling on the Thursday just before Easter - which usually commemorates the very last Supper of Jesus Christ with his twelve Apostles. In addition, in Greek and Written by Sarah Purcell. Courtesy of

Products To Love In April Cleaners of the world rejoice! There has finally come a product against which no stain stands a chance. The aptly named Mr Clean Magic Eraser is exactly that, magic! I used this amazing spongy block to remove crayon and marker from walls, books, toys and a child. It then was used to clean three doors and their door frames, a sink, a shower head, the actual shower and the same child it cleaned earlier. (Paint this time instead of marker) It has completely earned my everlasting devotion and highest praise. So do I believe in magic? You bet! Please click here for more information.






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Hop is all about achieving one's dreams, regardless of how fantastical those dreams may seem. Hidden deep inside the mouth of a moai statue on Easter Island is a candy factory that produces the world's Easter candy and looks like a cross between Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory and Santa's Workshop. The Easter Bunny's son E.B. dreams not of taking his rightful place as the next Easter Bunny, but of becoming a famous drummer--a situation that his father finds highly disappointing. In the human world, Fred O'Hare is also a disappointment to his father; he's a young man who can't seem to find a job that he's passionate about--indeed, he's a slacker who can't seem to find any job at all. E.B. and Fred meet on the streets of Hollywood and become unlikely roommates in a borrowed mansion. As the two struggle to find and pursue their dreams, hilarity ensues and each character learns a surprising lesson from the other.

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This Easter Nostalgic Candy Gift Bag is a real Blast from the Past! Over 50 pieces of classic old fashioned candy favorites including Candy Cigarettes, Double Bubble, Jaw Breakers, Hot Dog Cinnamon Gum, Candy Necklace, Cinnamon Fire-Pix, Atomic Fire Balls, Chick-o-stik, Sugar Daddy, Lemon Heads, Boston Baked Beans, Kits Taffy, Lik M Aid Fun Dip, Necco Wafers, Bubble Gum Cigar, Grapeheads, Walnettos, Zotz, Bottlecaps, Red Hots, Slo Pokes, Bit-O-Honey, Boston Baked Beans, Licorice Pipes, Salt Water Taffy & Root Beer Barrels. Over one pound of candy!

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Products To Love In April

Bring spring into the life of someone you love this Easter! Shower someone special with 75 fresh blooms, straight from your favorite garden. Soft hues of daisy poms mixed with mini carnations, asters and alstroemeria make the perfect bouquet. Please click here for more information.

Perfect for Easter Dinner with the family! You can taste the Nueske family tradition in every gently smoked, lean bite of this superb, award-winning applewood smoked ham. One of Nueske's most popular selections, this ham is accented by a hand-applied honey glaze that gives it a mild, sweet flavor. It comes fully cooked, already cut into neat, even slices. Serve at room temperature or gently warm in your oven. Your guests will be impressed, and they'll never guess how little time you spent preparing it. Low in salt. No water added. Please click here for more


Remember when we talked about getting rid of one thing before you bring another one in the house? Well, we found the must have thing to bring home as a reward for all your spring cleaning! The Ben and Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream Book is the perfect sweet reward for any occasion. This producer of fantastically creamy ice cream is also a dedicated force for good in the world today. Involved with nearly every good cause on the planet and giving millions to those who need it every year, Ben and Jerry始s is much more than just a taste bud pleaser. So take home their recipe book (and a pint to go with it!) and do the world some good. Please click here for more information.

City Spotlight

Houston, TX If you are traveling to Houston, Texas there are

Museum of Natural Science. Once there you can

quite a number of things you can do while you are

view the collection of dinosaurs, or go through the

there. Houston, Texas is a great city to explore

planetarium and the butterfly center. You can

and there are a number of attractions that will

even watch a film at the museums IMAX Theater.

keep you occupied for as long as you are there. Of

The Museum of Fine Arts is one the places to visit

the many attractions and things to do there are a

because it houses a large selection of art. You will

few that are a must see.

find art ranging from African tribal art to

Places to visit - In Houston, Texas the most

Renaissance and expressionist Art. The museum

popular place to visit is the NASA Johnson Space

has a section of the building that displays art from

Center. The Space Center is NASA’s official visitor

students and residents from the Houston, Texas

site and its history dates back to before the famed

area. The first public park in Houston, Texas is

Apollo 13 mission and that infamous line, that

Hermann Park and it is a great location to visit if

everyone seems to know, “Huston we have a

you are interested in nature and exploring. This

problem”. You are able to go on a tour of mission

park has a large wooded section for everyone who

control and go through one of the simulations

goes there and there is also jogging trails, areas

they have and experience what astronauts go

to walk your dog, an outdoor theater and a golf

through when going to space. The NASA Johnson

course. There is also the Houston Zoological

Space Center in Houston, Texas is a perennial

Gardens located in the park that you can visit. It

favorite of children and adults alike. They also

also a good place to relax and spend a quite day

have many education programs including day

getting away from it all. Houston, Texas is filled

camps, space school, scout camp and education

with many more fun things that you can do that

outreach. If you are not into the Space Center ,

are not mentioned here but will fill up the time

you can direct your senses to the Houston

you will be spending in the city. Written by Frank Starc, courtesy of

Businesses That Make A Difference

In 1977 lifelong friends Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield completed a correspondence course on ice cream making from the Pennsylvania State University.

On May 5, 1978, with a $12,000 investment the pair opened an ice cream parlor in a renovated gas station in downtown Burlington, Vermont. The founders were able to combine ice cream making with social activism by creating a three-part mission statement that considered profits as only one measure of success. Their mission statement has three parts: a Social Mission, a Product Mission, and an Economic Mission. Their Social Mission describes the company’s need to operate in a way that

recognizes their influence on society, and

“sustainable financial basis of profitable growth, increasing value for [their] stakeholders and expanding opportunities for development and career growth for [their] employees.” "Underlying the mission of Ben & Jerry’s is the determination to seek new and creative ways of addressing all three parts, while holding a deep respect for individuals inside and outside the company and for the communities of which they are a part."

the importance of improving the quality of life all over the world. Their Product Mission states that they will always strive to make the finest quality products, working to use natural, wholesome ingredients. It also states that they will advertise business mannerisms that respect the Earth. Their Economic mission describes their promise to operate their company on a

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Random Facts

This month's random fact gives us the background on one of Easter's floral stars: The Easter Lily.

Zantedeschia aethiopica (common names Lily of the Nile, Calla lily, Easter lily, Arum lily, Varkoor, an Afrikaans name meaning pig's ear); is a species in the family Araceae, native to southern Africa in Lesotho, South Africa, and Swaziland. It is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant, evergreen where rainfall and temperatures are adequate, deciduous where there is a dry season. Its preferred habitat is in streams and ponds or on the banks. It grows to 0.6-1m (2-3ft) tall, with large clumps of broad, arrow shaped dark green leaves up to 45cm (18in) long. The Inflorescences are large, produced in spring, summer and autumn, with a pure white spathe up to 25cm (10in) and a yellow spadix up to 90mm (3 1/2 in) long.

A number of cultivars have been selected for use as ornamental plants. 'Crowborough' is a more cold tolerant cultivar growing to 90cm (36in) tall, suited to cool climates such as the British Isles and north-western United States. 'Green Goddess' has green stripes on the spathes. 'White Sail', growing to 90cm tall, has a very broad spathe. 'Red Desire' has a red instead of yellow spadix and appears to be rare. 'Pink Mist' has a pinkish base to the spathe. In order to introduce colors to the large white Calla Lilies just like the many color varieties available with the dwarf summer Calla Lilies, attempts to hybridise Zantedeschia aeithiopica x Zantedeschia elliotiana have resulted in albino progenies, which are non-viable.

It has been cultivated for the Easter floral trade since the early 20th century; hence the (ambiguous) name 'Easter lily', common in Britain and Ireland. It has become an important symbol of Irish Republicanism since the Easter uprising of 1916. It is the National Flower of St. Helena, where it grows widely.

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