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ator, Jim Henson, had a hauntingly, sweet and melancholy sound when he sang for Kermie, ever so wistfully,

“It’s not easy being green Having to spend each day the color of the leaves When I think it could be nicer being red, or yellow, or gold

Sonoma County, CA. ~ “Kermie” as he was lovingly known in our home, and welcomed daily on the tv show “Sesame Street,” sur- prisingly sang a special song long ago. His cre-

Or something much more colorful like that

It’s not easy being green It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things And people tend to pass you over ‘cause you’re

Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water Or stars in the sky

But green’s the

color of Spring And green can be cool and friend- ly-like

And green can be big like


ocean, or im- portant

Like a mountain, or tall like a tree

When green is all there is to be

It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why Wonder, I am green and it’ll do fine, it’s beautiful And I think it’s what I want to be”

No wonder children of

all ages love that song. In what a charming, clear and child-like way it tells us it is fine to be who we are, and, above all, to feel good about and enjoy be- ing yourself. Positively, life is good. Joseph Guilherme Raposo was the marvelously talented American composer and lyricist of this gentle and beautiful song. Classi- cally trained musician, his music, much of it on multiple tv shows, and

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Just Chillin! FOOD, HISTORY & A LITTLE MORE! by Ellie Schmidt


his famous friends were legendary. Frank Sinatra dubbed him a “genius.” However, maybe Kermit


should have point ed out the “dangers”

of perhaps “not wearing green” on St. Patrick’s Day ev- ery March

17th. So many decades ago, in NYC, my young friends of Irish descent happily explained that it has to be “St. Pad- dy’s Day” (not “Patty”) because the name is “Padraig” in Irish Gaelic. When invited to their homes, it was always a grand treat to enjoy a lot of fine old Irish songs and hear many stories of Irish folklore. (You can download, for free, a delightful compila- tion of Irish folk and fairy tales by the great Irish poet Wil- liam But- ler Yeats.) But, why are Irish prone to only

pinching folks who aren’t wearing green on St. Paddy’s Day? Be- cause, “if you are wear- ing green, you are invisi-

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Submit your good news here: JOKES & Humor # 2

I work as a pediatric nurse, and often have the painful job of giving shots to the children. One day upon entering the examining room to give a shot the little girl starting screaming “NO! NO! NO!” “Jessica” her mother scolded, “that is not polite behavior!”

At that, the girl continued to scream


wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. Anne Frank

How Love change, fear staying the same. ~ Maxime Lagacé

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