Dog Days of Summer

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The long, hot days of summer are rising before us and bring many opportunities for adventures with our courageous canine companions. But why do some call this period the dog days of summer? Well, as with many things, we have the Greeks to thank. But let’s look at the timing of the days first.

Various computations of the dog days in the northern hemisphere have placed their start anywhere from July 3 to August 15 and lasting for anywhere from 30 to 61 days depending upon latitude.

To understand more about the origins of the name, here’s an excerpt from a wonderful post by Becky Little from National Geographic:

The “dog days,” I always thought, were those summer days so devastatingly hot that even dogs would lie around panting.

Many people today use the phrase to mean something like that—but originally, the phrase actually had nothing to do with dogs, or even with the lazy days of summer. Instead, it turns out, the dog days refer to the dog star, Sirius, and its position in the heavens.

To the Greeks and Romans, the “dog days” occurred around the day when Sirius appeared to rise just before the sun, in late July. They referred to these days as the hottest time of the year.

So, did the Greeks get it right? Are the dog days, around when Sirius rises, really the hottest days of the year? Continue reading

World Environment Day 2019

TREES planting

World Environment Day (June 5) is the United Nations day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. Since it began in 1974, the event has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries. Each World Environment Day is organized around a theme that draws attention to a particularly pressing environmental concern. The theme for 2019 is “Air pollution”. You can read more on their website. Continue reading

Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — June 2019 — Free to Download

June is the sixth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars, the second of four months to have a length of 30 days, and the third of five months to have a length of less than 31 days. June was named either for Juniores, the lower branch of the Roman Senate, or for Juno, wife of the Roman god Jupiter.
Flower: Rose
Birthstone: Pearl

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
5 – Eid al-Fitr (Islamic)
5 – World Environment Day
6 – Ascension (Orthodox Christian)
9 – Pentecost (Christian)
9 – Shavuot (Jewish)
12 – Loving Day
14 – Flag Day
16 – Father’s Day
16 – Pentecost (Orthodox Christian)
17 – Saka Dawa (Tibetan Buddhist)
19 – Juneteenth
20 – World Refugee Day
21 – Litha (Pagan/Wiccan)
21 – Summer Solstice
24 – St. Jean-Baptiste Day (Quebec)

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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — May 2019 — Free to Download

May is the fifth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars and the third month to have 31 days. May is also the month with the shortest name.
Flower: Lily of the Valley and the common Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna), also known as “may blossom.”
Birthstone: Emerald

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
1 – Beltane (Pagan/Wiccan)
1 – May Day
2 – Yom HaShoah (Jewish)
5 – Cinco de Mayo (Mexico)
6 – Ramadan Begins (Islamic)
12 – Mother’s Day
17 – Bike to Work Day
18 – Armed Forces Day
18 – Vesak (Buddhist)
20 – Victoria Day (Canada)
27 – Memorial Day Observed
29 – Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh (Bahá’í)
30 – Ascension (Christian)
31 – Lailatul Qadr (Islamic)

May Desktop Wallpaper

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Katie Daisy 2019 – 2020 Planner Now Shipping

Katie Daisy 2019-2020 Planner

Celebrate your daily adventures with the whimsical and uplifting artwork of Katie Daisy as your companion. Each month of this special-edition planner begins with a captivating two-page color spread of illustrations in Katie’s signature watercolor style.

  • 5″ x 7″ weekly planner (10″ x 7″ open).
  • 17-month calendar — August 2019 through December 2020 — perfect for school and academic planning.
  • From the creator of the New York Times best-selling book How to Be a Wildflower: A Field Guide.
  • Thoughtfully-crafted wildflowers, butterflies, birds, and nature textures guide you through the weeks.
  • Great for students, teachers, parents, and anyone seeking creative inspiration.
  • Compact planner is perfect for your bag, backpack, or briefcase.
  • Monthly 2-page-spread views facilitate big-picture planning.
  • Weekly spreads with ample writing space.
  • Extra lined pages to record notes and reminders.
  • Elastic band closure.
  • Inside pocket for storing receipts and mementos.
  • Wire-O binding offers lie-flat ease and convenience.
  • Printed on paper sourced from a combination of sustainably managed forests and recycled materials.
  • Features US and Canadian legal holidays, phases of the moon, and important observances of the world’s major religions.
  • We Plant Trees — Amber Lotus Publishing, an independent carbon-negative US company, has planted more than three quarters of a million trees since 2008.

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125,000 More Trees Planted — 875,000 and Growing

We Plant Trees - 875,000

During 2018, Amber Lotus Publishing funded the planting of another 125,000 trees. This brings the growing number to 875,000 trees planted since 2008. The trees planted in 2018 are about 52 times greater than the estimated 2,370 trees used to produce our 2018 product line (which includes our 2019 calendars). We have committed to planting an additional 125,000 trees in 2019.

We are honored to work with Trees for the Future to replenish the resources used in crafting our products. TREES is a non-profit agroforestry resource center that helps communities in Central America, Africa, and Asia restore tree cover to their lands. TREES has planted over 149 million trees since 1989.

What began as a simple strategy to offset the number of trees used to produce our products has morphed into a fundamental component of our ongoing mission to embrace the concepts of Right Livelihood and mindful living. As our president Lawson Day says, “We intend to continue planting as many trees as we can for as long as we can.”

Thank you for purchasing our calendars, greeting cards, coloring books, and journals. And for being a part of our mission.


Amber Lotus Publishing is proud to be a carbon-negative independent publisher. Read more about our efforts and philosophy of Art, Commerce, and Service.


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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — April 2019 — 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
14 – Palm Sunday (Christian)
19 – Good Friday (Christian)
20 – Passover Begins (Jewish)
21 – Easter (Christian)
21 – Palm Sunday (Orthodox Christian)
22 – Earth Day
22 – Easter Monday (Canada)
25 – ANZAC Day (Australia, New Zealand)
26 – Arbor Day
27 – Freedom Day (South Africa)
28 – Pascha (Orthodox Christian)

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Happy Holi — Spring Festival of Colors

Holi celebration image

Holi is a colorful and boisterous Hindu spring festival in India, also known as the Festival of Colors. This is a time of shedding inhibitions: People smear each other with red and yellow powder and shower each other with colored water shot from bamboo blowpipes or water pistols. Restrictions of caste, sex, age, and personal differences are ignored. Continue reading