The dandelion flower was once considered a weed by many but not it is known as a wonderful flower for biodiversity. It provides bees and bumblebees with a valuable source of pollen and nectar during the month of April. I took this photo yesterday while out for a walk in Millstreet. The bee is covered in yellow pollen and the dandelion is such a valuable source of food for many of our bees and insects.

On This Day 

On April 19th 1963 Johnny Cash released a single called “Ring of Fire” which became a worldwide hi

On April 19th 2021 NASA successfully flies its drone helicopter Ingenuity on Mars, and it became the first powered aircraft to fly on another planet
Birthday’s Today🎂

Maria Sharapova (Former Tennis Player) is 36

Paul O’Donovan (Olympic Irish Rowing Champion) is 29

Significance Of Today

Today is Poetry and the Creative Mind Day. Most of us were introduced to poetry and art at an early age, whether it’s the nursery rhymes sung by our parents, or the combination of poetry and art in books. Today is about appreciating the beauty of a good poem or getting creative and writing one of your own no matter how simple.

Interesting Quote for Today

“The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall.” ~Vince Lombardi

Saint For Today

Saint for today is Saint Emma. She lived in the city that is Bremen today. She was a great benefactor of churches, establishing many small parishes. She donated to the Bremen Cathedral. Her concern for the poor was legendary.

Did You Know😇

Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly backwarDid you know Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly backwards. They are also able to hover and change flight direction quickly. These birds are such skilled flyers that they are often referred to as the flying ninja.

Video For This Week 🎥

Thought For The Week

‘More than anything in my experience, hope is what beats in the heart of all people, particularly in the heart of the Irish. Every action is about hope, it can make things better.” ~President Joe Biden speaking in Dundalk during the week

There is a story about a boy who sat on the steps of a building with a battered hat by his feet. A cardboard sign read: “I’m blind please help”. The hat held a few small coins. A man was walking by. He dropped a euro into the hat, picked up the sign, turned it around, wrote something on it and put it back where he had found it. Soon the hat began to fill up with coins and notes.

That afternoon the same man was passing by again and came over to check how the boy was doing. “What did you write on my sign this morning,” asked the boy. The man said he wrote much the same except that he used different words. This is what he had written: “You are enjoying a beautiful day, but I cannot see it.”

Both signs had told the people that the boy was blind. One shared the facts, the other shared a personal experience. The personal experience touched people and was the reason why the boy’s hat had been filled with lots of coins.

The message of Easter has to also be a personal experience. On its own it is factual that doesn’t touch us much. But when we personalise it, the Easter story becomes alive. It is a story filled with hope, it is about celebrating new beginnings, it is embracing opportunity, it is about believing in love, kindness and goodness. It is as President Joe Biden puts it about recognising the hope that beats in the heart of everyone. Take away this hope and we have nothing.

The Easter journey and celebration lasts for six weeks. This is not random but a reminder of giving enough time to feel this hope, to see this hope and to be this hope to each other.

The Thought For The Week is updated each Monday