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    Calendars of 2008

    At the beginning of this month and year, Herman and I put up all new wall calendars. I include myself in this process because I select where each one goes.

    Terry and I did what is called the perpetual calendar on New Year’s Eve afternoon while she was working with me. Each month I check my “Birthday Book” which has the birthdays of friends and family. I was very excited to find this book years ago because it helps me remember all the birthdays throughout the year.

    The perpetual calendar comes with special wooden sliders with a birthday cake on it for birthdays during the month as well as other holiday symbols. Ordinary days just have the number to slide in sequence where it belongs each month.

    In my dining room I have a calendar called the Country Sampler. It is an appointment calendar and I keep track of upcoming dates where I have to be somewhere in that date.

    In the living room, I have a tropical beach calendar with an awesome picture each month. This is the one calendar I bought locally. The others came through Lane.com, who have a terrific selection of easy to read calendars.

    In my bedroom, I have a calendar called “The Love of Cats” based on the paintings of Sue Ellen Ross. Each painting is so realistic, it appears it is a live picture.

    I’m not quite sure how I discovered this calendar, but I order it every year.

    The bathroom calendar has changed over the years. It was a Humane Society calendar last year and the two ears before that was were “Cats in the Sun” photo calendar with cats in European villas in sunlight-a bit different.

    This year, I have a calendar called, “What Cats Teach Us” and each month has a saying to go with the picture showing what the cat is teaching us such as this month, “Look at life from a different perspective,” with a cat standing with his head upside down and his eyes gazing off in the distance.

    On my computer desk is a page-a-day cat calendar which I have been buying for years. This year, the style changed with larger print which is much easier for me to read.

    The Humane Society calendar now hangs in the back porch and Herman has his own sailing and car calendars upstairs in his office.

    I wasn’t much of a calendar freak when I lived out in Los Angeles or New York City, but I’ve always had a curiosity about associations with the days in the calendar year.

    Herman even has a friend who has started a “death-a-day” calendar online in which he has comments on famous people who died that day. Herman says it was actually his idea and his friend ran with it. This is a bit morbid for me, definitely more for those with a black humor side. I tend to like lighter and look on the brighter side of life. I mean, yes, death is a part of living, but I’m not sure I want to be reminded of it every day of the year. They definitely take a humorous look at dates, with one section called “Whakapedia” about silly and absurd things associated with the day. If you are interested, look for www.deathaday.org to see what it’s about. Me, I’ll just continue to look at my beautiful calendars which bring a smile to my face every day.

    Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com