Robert Biddle

  on the 1st
Janis Voorman

  on the 1st
Carol Uhrin

  on the 4th
Jean Shaud

  on the 5th
Ed Shutter

  on the 5th
Randy Buffington

  on the 7th
Chip Schwalm

  on the 12th
Patricia Button

  on the 17th
Jennifer Smith

  on the 18th
Bill Martin

  on the 20th
Pete Conway

  on the 23rd
Ronald Ambrosia

  on the 24th
Tom March

  on the 24th
Sandra Biddle

  on the 27th
Robert Long

  on the 27th
Brenda Naugle

  on the 28th
Georgette Klein

  on the 30th

Banksy: Girl with Balloon

A stenciled painting of a little girl reaching for a red, heart-shaped balloon first appeared under the Waterloo Bridge in London in 2002.  Banksy, the popular street artist behind the image, included in his initial rendition the caption: “There is Always Hope.” 

While the iconic mural was later destroyed, the motif quickly grew in popularity, earning the title of the favorite piece of British art, according to a Samsung study in 2017.  To spread this message of hope, Banksy released limited edition prints of Girl with Balloon in 2003, reproduced the image in the West Bank in 2005, and projected the motif onto the Eiffel Tower to spread awareness about the Syrian conflict in 2014 (a showing that inspired Justin Bieber to get a tattoo of Girl with Balloon on his arm).  

Girl with Balloon is now best known for a 2018 spectacle at Sotheby’s auction house, where a 2006 painting of the image self-destructed through a shredder embedded in its frame after selling for over $1 million. 

“We got Banksy-ed,” Alex Branczik, Sotheby’s head of contemporary art in Europe said after the spectacle.   

Compassion is language the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
                       ~Mark Twain~   

Note:  Brenda M. sent an email with these beautiful bird pictures (one on the home page) along with a saying.  Watch for them every week.

On Page 6:

February Birthdays

March Birthdays

Book Club Report

Banksy: Girl with Balloon

About the Polar Bear

About the Polar Bear

Polar bears roam the Arctic ice sheets and

swim in that region's coastal waters. They

are very strong swimmers, and their large

front paws, which they use to paddle, are

slightly webbed. Some polar bears have been

seen swimming hundreds of miles from land—

though they probably cover most of that

distance by floating on sheets of ice.

Arctic Adaptations
Polar bears live in one of the planet's coldest environments and depend on a thick coat of insulated fur, which covers a warming layer of fat. Fur even grows on the bottom of their paws, which protects against cold surfaces and provides a good grip on ice. The bear's stark white coat provides camouflage in surrounding snow and ice. But under their fur, polar bears have black skin—the better to soak in the sun's warming rays.

These powerful predators typically prey on seals. In search of this quarry they frequent areas of shifting, cracking ice where seals may surface to breathe air. They also stalk ice edges and breathing holes. If the opportunity presents itself, polar bears will also consume carcasses, such as those of dead whales. These Arctic giants are the masters of their environment and have no natural enemies.

Breeding and Behavior
Females den by digging into deep snow drifts, which provide protection and insulation from the Arctic elements. They give birth in winter, usually to twins. Young cubs live with their mothers for some 28 months to learn the survival skills of the far north. Females aggressively protect their young, but receive no help from their solitary male mates. In fact, male polar bears may even kill young of their species.

Polar bears are attractive and appealing, but they are powerful predators that do not typically fear humans, which can make them dangerous. Near human settlements, they often acquire a taste for garbage, bringing bears and humans into perilous proximity.


This calendar is here because we wanted to have one.  Right now, the calendar page is under construction.

                                                                                  Book CLub Report

                             We hadn't picked a book at the January meeting so we

                             all talked about books we had read.

                             We decided 'The Girls With No Names'  by Serena


Some suggestions at the meeting were:
  The Home for Unwanted Girls by Jeannine Goodman
  My Name is Eva by Suzanne Goldring

  The Award by Danielle Steel
  The Suite by Suzanne Perry

Stanley Zamonsky

  on the 3rd
Rosita Hargus

  on the 4th
Keith Miller

  on the 6th
Carol Volpe

  on the 6th
Frank Gallagher

  on the 11th
Keith Runkle

  on the 12th
Ronald Button

  on the 13th
Chuck McCormick 

  on the  13th 
Glenn Werst

  on the 13th
Douglas Naugle

  on the 18th
Glenn Wilkie

  on the 18th
Mark Uliana

  on the 20th
Jim Repetski

  on the 21st
Fred Murren

  on the 22nd
Donna Wilkie

  on the 26th
Erika Repetski

  on the 28th