April trio: Taxes, cereal and poetry

The first full month of spring is finally here with its bright colors and delicate petals and leaves. Enjoy this time of earth’s reawakening with these three offerings for April.

Stress is taxing

April is Stress Awareness Month. We seriously doubt you need designated month to make you aware of stress, but nonetheless, it has one. And it makes sense that income taxes are due April 15.

“Weeks or months of stress can dampen your immune response and raise your risk for disease,” according to the stress awareness page on the Federal Occupational Health agency’s website, foh.hhs.gov/calendar/april.html.

This health agency offered this list of activities to help you combat stress. Pick one anyway, and take it for a spin:

■ Take a walk.

■ Read a book.

■ Go for a run.

■ Have a cup of tea.

■ Play a sport.

■ Spend time with a friend or loved one.

■ Meditate.

■ Do yoga.



Eat cereal

Will Keith Kellogg, the founder of Kellogg Co., was born April 7, 1860. In honor of the 153rd birthday of the man, who with his brother John created flake breakfast cereal, make your own mix of two or more breakfast cereals.

Your mom never let you have Frosted Flakes (they’re great!)? Then mix it with some Special K.

How about Frosted Lucky Charms? Add it to a bowl of granola. That could be interesting. (Yes, we know Frosted Lucky Charms are made by General Mills and not Kellogg. But they’re magically delicious! And they weren’t created until Kellogg was dead, anyway.)


Write lines

Since April is National Poetry Month, try writing three lines of haiku. Wikihow.com/Write-a-Haiku-Poem offers excellent directions for creating an image or feeling through haiku.

For your amusement, here is a haiku poem blending April showers and spring sports:

Brrrr, Canyon View Park,

Soccer is best played when warm

But April brings rain.


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