Happy Chinese New Year! 新年快乐!
How about this for a reason to party?
Yesterday was Fat Tuesday AND Chinese New Year’s Eve. This happens to be The Chinese Year of the Rat
—and the Chinese Year 4706.
Rat ranks number 1 in the 12 calendar animals:
There is a related story for children. Once the God of Heaven wanted to choose 12 animal names as the sequence of the calendar. He announced to hold an animal racing to determine the order. When the racing date is closing, Cat forgot the time and asked Rat the schedule. Alert Rat gave Cat the wrong time on purpose. Smart Rat stayed on the horn of Ox while crossing the river, then jumped over the bank to reach the final line to win the champion. Cat missed the racing time and swear to kill Rat for generations. That's why Cat always chase Rat forever.
Here is my New Year's gift to you--the red envelope symbolizing luck and wealth:
Lost is back! Here’s a link
to catch up if you missed the two hour prequel last week.Margaret Truman
died. That old proverb about living in interesting times certainly applied to her. I was not fond of her books, but I admired her moxy. She was a concert singer, actress, radio and TV personality and mystery writer. She was 83.
And one last time: This is the last week to get into the Haiku contest
. Competition is stiff but don't miss out on a chance to win a fabulous cache of valuable prizes!!! Deadline is Monday the 11th.