Welcome to Wiser Now’s weekly email blast which reflects our eclectic interests and, we hope, yours. This week, our focus is on Spring, Puddles, and Umbrellas, the last because it’s also Umbrella Month. We’re not trying to rush April showers. Spring comes early this leap year, beginning tomorrow. Hooray!

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The Quirky Quote

E. E. Cummings (He never meant his name to go uncapitalized) wrote a short poem called In Just Spring which described the world as “puddle- wonderful.” It’s my hope that you will always see the world that way, because as Michael K. Williams noted, “Childhood is that state which ends the moment a puddle is first viewed as an obstacle instead of an opportunity.”

The Quirky Observation

Gustave Caillebotte’s “Paris Street; Rainy Day” is a wonderful painting in many ways, but it’s not the rain that appeals. In art, I prefer sun-shading parasols to umbrellas. And I am especially fascinated by Impressionist artists who painted women with parasols in dappled light. While Claude Monet’s “Woman with a Parasol” is far more famous because he is, I find the work of American artists such as Frederick Carl Frieseke and Richard Emil Miller more compelling. They were part of the Giverny Colony – a group of artists who bought or rented property adjoining Monet’s estate in the early 1900s. Shown here is a sample of Frieseke’s work. Click on the name links for more examples.

And did you know? It’s Creative Artists Month. Make something!

The Featured Product
Our Spring Fun Slide Show is full of that hopeful feeling when anything seems possible. The 116 slides cover trivia quizzes on umbrellas and the Kentucky Derby, several word games and discussion topics and reminiscing about youthful games and jump rope rhymes + much more. Guaranteed to give you spring fever. Order Spring Fun now!

The Quiz

This quiz is excerpted from our Spring Fun Slide Show described above.

Spring songs:
Can you fill in the blanks to reflect the effects of showers?

  1. Let a ___________ Be Your Umbrella
  2. Somewhere, Over the ____________
  3. Don’t Bring around a ____________ to Rain on My ____________
  4. _____________ in the Rain
Several Broadway Musicals also feature songs about spring. Can you match the musical to the song?
  1. It Might as Well Be Spring ___
  2. The Merry Month of May ___
  3. Younger Than Springtime ___
             a. Camelot 
             b. South Pacific  
             c. State Fair

Answers at the end of this document.

The Question
For most of us – even those of us living in tropical climates – spring conjures pleasant memories of the earth awakening. Think about what you love about spring – flowers, planting a garden, lighter clothes, returning birds, outdoor sports, celebrations, spring break, even spring cleaning – and then share it. The world needs more pleasant conversations.

The Shameless Request
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The Kiosk of Resources
I’ve already given you links to art and poetry and you can Google any of the spring songs for beautiful renditions, so now check out!


Answers to the quiz:

1.Smile     2.Rainbow      3.Cloud, Parade     4.Singin’      5.c      6.a      7.b

Our multiple goals are to amuse and inspire you, to share what we and people whom we admire are doing, to stimulate your curiosity and spur you to action. We hope you enjoyed this offering. You can access previous issues here. We welcome your feedback. (
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