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Garden City Times: Editor’s Note, March 2014

May 24, 2014

By Kathleen Orth
For John Updike, “March is a land of no extremes. Dull as life, it offers small flowers and minor holidays.” Emily Dickinson called March “the month of expectation.” Aubrey de Vere called it “unbeloved.” Ogden Nash said, “Indoors or out, no one relaxes, in that month of wind and taxes.”
I think of March as being a “month for action.” I got used to March 31st being the end of the fourth quarter of 2013. The last month of the fourth quarter is the time to clean up everything left over from the previous year.
It’s appropriate that March is a month for action, as it is named after Mars, the god of war and agriculture–two very active pursuits. Picking up the martial theme, William Morris called March the “Slayer of winter,” and William Wordsworth wrote “Like an army defeated, The snow hath retreated…”
March is also a verb, and a command: “March!” At the end of February, the 31 days of March may seem daunting. A riddle about the month of March asks: “Why are people so tired on April 1st? Because they just finished a 31-day March.”
For Garden City Toastmasters, March 2013 was a month for action. The Area 57 Speech and Evaluation Contest took place in Jordan on March 7th, and the Division Speech and Evaluation Contest was held in Ancaster on March 21st. Wayne Buchkowski represented Garden City at both contests. Annette Ysseldyk, Caleb Booker, Dorian Waldon Elizabeth Akitt, Lee-Anne Lane, Sandra Booker, Wayne Buchkowski, and I delivered speeches (Caleb with two speeches). Justin O’Donnell delivered an education session. Duran Price released his first book (details on page 2). Congratulations to Garden City Toastmasters for a successful “month of action.”

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