Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — April 2020 — Free to Download

April is the fourth month of the year in the Gregorian calendar, the fifth in the early Julian calendar, and the first month to have the length of 30 days. April is also National Poetry Month.
Flower: Daisy or Sweet Pea
Birthstone: Diamond

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
1 – April Fools’ Day
5 – Palm Sunday (Christian)
7 – Hanuman Jayanti (Hindu)
9 – Passover Begins (Jewish)
10 – Good Friday (Christian)
12 – Easter (Christian)
12 – Palm Sunday (Orthodox Christian)
13 – Easter Monday (Canada)
19 – Pascha (Orthodox Christian)
21 – Yom HaShoah (Jewish)
22 – Earth Day
24 – Arbor Day
24 – Ramadan Begins (Islamic)
25 – ANZAC Day (AUS, NZ)
27 – Freedom Day (South Africa)

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KGW News Interview with Amber Lotus

Keely Chalmers of KGW News

Yesterday we welcomed Keely Chalmers and KGW News to our office. They were here to cover our milestone of reaching ONE MILLION trees planted.

Amber Lotus Publishing has been planting trees since 2008 to offset our carbon footprint and renew the resources used to publish our calendars, greeting cards, and journals. In December 2019 we reached the milestone of planting 1,000,000 trees.

While we celebrate this significant milestone for our company, we know that there is even more to be done. That is why, beginning in 2020, Amber Lotus will commit to planting 200,000 trees every year, with the goal of planting another 1,000,000 trees by 2025.

Keely talking with Leslie Gignilliat-Day Co-owner and Creative Director of Amber Lotus

Keely talking with Lawson Day Co-owner of Amber Lotus


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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — March 2020 — Free to Download

March is the third month of the year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. It is the second of seven months to have a length of 31 days. In the Northern Hemisphere, the meteorological beginning of spring occurs on the first day of March. The March equinox on the 19th marks the astronomical beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and the beginning of autumn in the Southern Hemisphere.
Flower: Daffodil
Birthstone: Bloodstone

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
2 – Great Lent (Orthodox Christian)
8 – Daylight Saving Time Begins
8 – International Women’s Day
10 – Holi (Hindu)
10 – Purim (Jewish)
17 – St. Patrick’s Day
19 – Ostara (Pagan/Wiccan)
19 – Spring Equinox
20 – Naw-Ruz (Bahá’í & Persian New Year)

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Women’s History Month: International Women’s Day 2020

Image from our Women Who Rock 2020 wall calendar featuring artwork by Rachel Grant. Click for more info.

Women’s History Month 2020: Valiant Women of the Vote

Each year, the month of March is designated by presidential proclamation as a time to recognize and honor women’s contributions to American history.

Women’s History Month began as a local celebration in Santa Rosa, California. The Education Task Force of the Sonoma County California Commission on the Status of Women planned and executed a Women’s History Week celebration in 1978. The organizers selected the week of March 8 to correspond with International Women’s Day. The movement spread across the country as other communities initiated their own Women’s History Week celebrations the following year.

In 1980, a consortium of women’s groups and historians—led by the National Women’s History Project (now the National Women’s History Alliance)—successfully lobbied for national recognition. In February 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first Presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8th 1980 as National Women’s History Week.

Subsequent presidents continued to proclaim a National Women’s History Week in March until 1987 when Congress passed Public Law 100-9, designating March as “Women’s History Month.” Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the president to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, each president has issued an annual proclamations designating the month of March as Women’s History Month.

The National Women’s History Alliance selects and publishes a yearly theme. The 2020 Women’s History Month theme is “Valiant Women of the Vote,” which honors “the brave women who fought to win suffrage rights for women, and for the women who continue to fight for the voting rights of others.”

Visit the National Women’s History Museum website to learn more.

International Women’s Day 2020: #EachforEqual

International Women’s Day on March 8 is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.

International Women’s Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organization specific.

The theme for 2020 is #EachforEqual. An equal world is an enabled world. Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions—all day, every day. We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations, and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, each one of us can help create a gender-equal world.

Visit the IWD website to learn more.

Women Who Rock Our World 2020 Wall Calendar

It’s no secret that, throughout time, societies have emphasized men’s roles and rights. Laws were written by men, for men; education was developed with men in mind; and women were denied equal rights in nearly every aspect. But over the centuries, more and more women have stood up to say, “This isn’t right.” To those women, we raise a fist in reverence and gratitude. They have shown us how to change the world.

Each month of the Women Who Rock 2020 wall calendar highlights one revolutionary woman’s inspirational words paired with dynamic original art by Rachel Grant and a short biography. All of the women in this calendar faced obstacles. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was told she couldn’t be both a lawyer and a mother. Angela Davis was placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted list. Dolores Huerta was assaulted by police while protesting the conditions of farmworkers. Marie Curie’s passion for scientific knowledge eventually killed her. These women were not necessarily liked in their time. But instead of listening to the criticism, they focused on the voices of the people they were inspiring and, in many cases, saving. They stayed true to their values, acknowledged the risks they faced, and raised their voices even louder. We have so much to thank them for, from June Jordan’s powerful words of encouragement to Elizabeth Warren’s extraordinary persistence in making her voice heard.


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New Distributor in Canada — Thomas Allen & Son

Thomas Allen tradeshow

We’re welcoming Thomas Allen & Son to the Amber Lotus family. They are Canada’s leading independent distributor of books, stationery, and calendars. 

Thomas Allen & Son is the oldest family-owned and operated trade book distributor in Canada, serving the industry for more than 100 years and through four generations of the Allen family.

They are the exclusive Canadian distributor for over 25 US and British book publishers and are positioned as one of the top 10 book distributors by volume in the Canadian marketplace.

Their diverse product lines include everything from dictionaries to self-help books, award-winning fiction and non-fiction, calendars, gift products, journals, stationery, and a wide range of children’s books. Their Bibliographic Data base features over 55,000 available titles and their 75,000 square foot warehouse facility stocks over 13,000 active titles at any one time.

Visit their website to learn more.


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Random Acts of Kindness Day and Week 2020

Image from the Art of Kindness 2020 wall calendar featuring illustrated quotes by Clairice Gifford. Click for more info.

Random Acts of Kindness Week, which will be observed February 16-22, 2020, is an annual opportunity to unite through kindness. Formally recognized in 1995, this seven-day celebration demonstrates that kindness is contagious. It all starts with one act — one smile, one coffee for a stranger, one favor for a friend. It’s an opportunity for participants to leave the world better than they found it and inspire others to do the same. Since inception, the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation estimates that millions of individuals, celebrities, businesses, schools, and partners have participated in these weeklong celebrations. Random Acts of Kindness Day is celebrated on February 17, 2020.

Visit the foundation website to learn more about events in your area. Or you can simply make a personal commitment to practice more mindfulness during that week to create waves and waves of kindness in the world.

From the RAK Foundation website, here are some fun scientifically proven benefits of being kind:

KINDNESS IS TEACHABLE
“It’s kind of like weight training, we found that people can actually build up their compassion ‘muscle’ and respond to others’ suffering with care and a desire to help.” (Dr. Ritchie Davidson,  University of Wisconsin)

KINDNESS IS CONTAGIOUS
The positive effects of kindness are experienced in the brain of everyone who witnessed the act, improving their mood and making them significantly more likely to “pay it forward.” This means one good deed in a crowded area can create a domino effect and improve the day of dozens of people!

KINDNESS INCREASES:

THE LOVE HORMONE
Witnessing acts of kindness produces oxytocin, occasionally referred to as the “love hormone” which aids in lowering blood pressure and improving our overall heart-health. Oxytocin also increases our self-esteem and optimism, which is extra helpful when we’re feeling anxious or shy in a social situation.

ENERGY
“About half of participants in one study reported that they feel stronger and more energetic after helping others; many also reported feeling calmer and less depressed, with increased feelings of self-worth” (Christine Carter, UC Berkeley, Greater Good Science Center)

HAPPINESS
A 2010 Harvard Business School survey of happiness in 136 countries found that people who are altruistic — in this case, people who were generous financially, such as with charitable donations — were happiest overall.

LIFESPAN
“People who volunteer tend to experience fewer aches and pains. Giving help to others protects overall health twice as much as aspirin protects against heart disease. People 55 and older who volunteer for two or more organizations have an impressive 44% lower likelihood of dying early, and that’s after sifting out every other contributing factor, including physical health, exercise, gender, habits like smoking, marital status and many more. This is a stronger effect than exercising four times a week or going to church.” (Christine Carter, Author, “Raising Happiness; In Pursuit of Joyful Kids and Happier Parents”)

PLEASURE
According to research from Emory University, when you are kind to another person, your brain’s pleasure and reward centers light up, as if you were the recipient of the good deed — not the giver. This phenomenon is called the “helper’s high.”

SEROTONIN
Like most medical antidepressants, kindness stimulates the production of serotonin. This feel-good chemical heals your wounds, calms you down, and makes you happy!

KINDNESS DECREASES:

PAIN
Engaging in acts of kindness produces endorphins — the brain’s natural painkiller!

STRESS
Perpetually kind people have 23% less cortisol (the stress hormone) and age slower than the average population!

ANXIETY
A group of highly anxious individuals performed at least six acts of kindness a week. After one month, there was a significant increase in positive moods, relationship satisfaction and a decrease in social avoidance in socially anxious individuals. (University of British Columbia Study)

DEPRESSION
Stephen Post of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine found that when we give of ourselves, everything from life satisfaction to self-realization and physical health is significantly improved. Mortality is delayed, depression is reduced and well-being and good fortune are increased.

BLOOD PRESSURE
Committing acts of kindness lowers blood pressure. According to Dr. David R. Hamilton, acts of kindness create emotional warmth, which releases a hormone known as oxytocin. Oxytocin causes the release of a chemical called nitric oxide, which dilates the blood vessels. This reduces blood pressure and, therefore, oxytocin is known as a “cardioprotective” hormone. It protects the heart by lowering blood pressure.


About the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation

An international nonprofit, The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, believes that kindness is key to making the world a better place. This nonpolitical, nonreligious organization leads the way by reminding people that they have a choice to be kind and provides them with free tools to make kindness common in their everyday lives.


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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — February 2020 — Free to Download

February is the second month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars. As the only month to have a length of less than 30 days, February is the shortest month of the year. The month has 28 days in common years or 29 days in leap years, with the quadrennial 29th day being called the “leap day.”
Flower: Violet
Birthstone: Amethyst

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
1 – Imbolc (Pagan/Wiccan)
2 – Groundhog Day
6 – Waitangi Day (New Zealand)
10 – Tu B’Shevat (Jewish)
12 – Lincoln’s Birthday
14 – Valentine’s Day
15 – Flag Day (Canada)
15 – Nirvana Day (Buddhist)
17 – Presidents’ Day
17 – Random Acts of Kindness Day
21 – Maha Shivaratri (Hindu)
22 – Washington’s Birthday
24 – Losar (Tibetan New Year)
25 – Mardi Gras
26 – Ash Wednesday
29 – Leap Day

February Desktop Wallpaper

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One Million Trees Planted!

There is a magic machine that sucks carbon out of the air, costs very little, and builds itself. It’s called a tree. — George Monbiot

In September 2019 Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg partnered with writer and fellow activist George Monbiot to create the short film Nature Now, an impassioned call to action for people around the world to protect and restore nature and fund natural climate solutions before it’s too late. In the film, Monbiot brilliantly describes the tree as “a magic machine that sucks carbon out of the air.”

Amber Lotus Publishing has been planting these magic machines since 2008 to offset our carbon footprint and resource usage. In December 2019 we reached the milestone of planting 1,000,000 trees.

Each year, we use about 2,500 trees in manufacturing our products. In the first six years, we planted an average of 35,000 trees annually. As our business grew over the next six years, we increased our commitment and have planted an average of 111,000 trees annually—more than 45 times the number of trees used each year to make our products. While we celebrate this significant milestone for our company, we know that there is even more to be done.

That is why, beginning in 2020, Amber Lotus will commit to planting 200,000 trees every year, with the goal of planting another 1,000,000 trees by 2025.*

We are awed and inspired by Greta Thunberg and all the children around the world who are demanding action on the climate crisis. We hope you are inspired, too, and will join us in rising to this climate challenge.

~ Lawson Day, Co-owner

Our tree-planting partner, Trees for the Future, is a nonprofit agroforestry resource center that helps communities across six countries in sub-Saharan Africa. For more information about the program, please visit trees.org.


* COVID-19 Update: We remain passionately committed to our tree planting initiative. The impact of COVID-19 on the economy creates uncertainty that may require us to reevaluate our numbers. We will update this post as we proceed through these strange and uncertain times.


Update March 10: KGW News visited our office to cover our tree planting initiative.


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