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Published: Monday, March 31, 2014 4:42 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, March 31, 2014 4:45 p.m. CDT

Aaahhh ... The weather the past few days has been wonderful. The robins are visiting my birdbath on my deck, and I can see tulips beginning to make their presence. While the huge nest on my front porch the sparrows are attempting to build looks more like an eagle’s nest, rather than one for these tiny creatures, I’m thinking it will have to go, but I do admire their tenacity.

Spring seems so much more vibrant this year, and I have to believe it’s because of the dreadful winter we experienced. It reminds me of a quote by Kahlil Gibran, one of my favorite authors:

“Your joy is your sorrow unmasked ... The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain. Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven? And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?

“When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”

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A couple of weeks ago, the Illinois Alliance For Arts Education (IAAE) held an awards ceremony at the Governor’s Executive Mansion in Springfield, where a local couple and a local library received awards.

At the March 20 event, Keith and Julia Cain of Princeton were given an award for Outstanding Service to the Arts in the Business and Industry Division. The Princeton Public Library received its award in the division of Public and Community Service.

Congratulations to both the Cains and the Princeton Public Library on these well-deserved awards!

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I was looking at the calendar for April, and there are some fun holidays this month you’ll want to remember. Of course, today, Tuesday, is April Fool’s Day. Sometimes referred to as All Fools Day, this celebration is not a national holiday, though the day has roots of pranks and hoaxes in many parts of the world. Are you planning any April Fool’s Day pranks? BCR Senior Staff Writer Donna Barker — I know it’s difficult to believe, but she will be pulling pranks and jokes all day long in the newsroom!

Other holidays this month include Palm Sunday on April 13; Good Friday on April 18; Easter on April 20; and Earth Day on April 22. Some not-so-well-known holidays this month are School Librarian Day on April 4; Barbershop Quartet Day on April 11; National Librarian Day on April 16; one of my favorite days — Newspaper Columnists Day on April 18 (Donna Barker and I think it’s rather ironic this holiday falls on Good Friday); Volunteer Recognition Day on April 20; Girl Scout Leader Day on April 22; Administrative Professionals Day on April 23; and Babe Ruth Day on April 27.

There you go ... Lots of holidays to celebrate this month!

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With Easter, Mother’s Day and a plethora of other special events on the horizon, please remember to try to shop locally. When you patronize folks in your town or even in the county, it’s a win-win for us all!

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Our Spring 2014 edition of Illinois Valley Living is just about to hit the streets. Enjoy, my friends! And please let me know if you have any story ideas for upcoming editions. Your input is very valuable, and I can’t begin to tell you how many stories we’ve published that were our readers’ ideas. Email me at tsimon@bcrnews.com.

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Our schedules will be getting hectic, so remember to take a breather now and then and do something exclusively for yourself. Try to be gentle with others, for we never know what kind of battles they are fighting. Also, be gentle with yourself. And remember ... you are important to me and the BCR.

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