HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018!
The Year of “The Fool”?
The Rider-Waite image of The Fool as an innocent soul before his fall, untainted by contact with society and all its ills. He is shown as a young man walking toward the edge of a cliff (his next step will send him tumbling into the unknown) with a small dog. The Fool holds a white rose, a symbol of freedom from base desires in one hand, and in the other a small bundle of possessions representing untapped collective knowledge.
Let go of preconceived ideas and remain open to change.
Release any demands.
Pay attention to events as they are occurring in the present.
Let go of expectations and trust your instincts.
The Fool is unnumbered in the Major Arcana, sometimes represented as 0 (the first) or XXII (the last) in most tarot decks and is typically made up as a jester or bard (and a future Joker in a deck of playing cards).
“The Madman” or “The Beggar” wears ragged clothes and stockings without shoes, and carries a bundle of his belongings on a stick called a bindle slung over his back and he is leaning on a staff. He is being chased away by a dog that has torn his pants.
Early versions of “The Fool” card portray a person driven by base needs and urges who has fallen into a state of poverty and deprivation. The Fool is a carnival entertainer or a huckster. He is decrepit vagabond and vulnerable, the cumulative result of his delusions and failures. He represents fallen humanity, over-identified with the material plane of existence, and beginning a pilgrimage toward self-knowledge and wisdom.
“The Fool reminds us to recognize the path of personal development within ourselves and the stage upon that path where we find ourselves in order to energize our movement toward deeper self-realization.”
Lighten up and be spontaneous enough to stretch beyond the realm of logic…
and Just be happy!
“What we call the beginning is often the end.
And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.”
~ T. S. Eliot (we love this quote)
2017 – Our Year in Review:
THE PUPPIES and THE BIG BOY! They are truly “man’s best friend”.
“The day after tomorrow, yes, only the day after tomorrow …
Tomorrow I’ll start thinking about the day after tomorrow”
– Fernando António Nogueira Pessoa
-the action of delaying or postponing something
-the avoidance of doing a task that needs to be accomplished
-the practice of doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones
-carrying out less urgent tasks instead of more urgent ones
-putting off impending tasks to a later time
For there’s a change in the weather
There’s a change in the sea
So from now on there’ll be in change in me
My walk will be different, my talk and my name
Nothin’ about me is going to be the same
I’m goin’ to change my way of livin’
If that ain’t enough
Then I’ll change the way I strut my stuff
Nobody wants you when you’re old and gray
There’ll be some changes made!
Renaissance Faire Reunion in March 2017 (another Blog Post coming soon)
A mighty oak tree
A reminder of the past
Standing tall and strong
Our June Father Day’s midnight Emergency Room visit was memorable and very expensive even with health insurance.
(as detailed in a previous Blog Post = fear, anger, denial, bargaining, depression….)
We saw the TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN in Madras, Oregon
(and we camped in Prineville Reservoir State Park)
We also “vacationed” in Ashland, Oregon in August
(and drove through the Crater Lake fire zone after a 10 hour traffic jam)
We CRUSHED our iPhone…… Oh, the technology!
We went to Burning Man!* (and survived 9 days in Black Rock City/Desert)
We went to Reno, Nevada
We visited Manzanar Relocation Center National Monument at sunset.
We saw Pete Townshend’s Classical Quadrophenia at The Greek Theatre.
We went to the L.A. Auto Show and the Los Angeles County Fair.
We got a New Car too!
The Denver Broncos sucked this year and didn’t even make the NFL playoffs.
The Boycott of the Los Angeles Dodgers continues…
WE ARE STILL BOYCOTTING THE DODGERS AND TIME-WARNER/SPECTRUM!
and this year they went all the way to the World Series and CHOKED AGAIN!
Many fun birthday and holiday dinner parties! Good Friends! Many great meals!
We usually make our Grandma’s Cherry Cheesecake for the Thanksgiving Feast. Last year we didn’t. So everyone asked about cheesecake and they were sadly disappointed… and then we got some good Jewish guilt for the holiday. This year, by “royal decree” we were instructed that there had to be cheesecake and we did some “midnight baking” without big mixing bowls (because they were all in use for meal prep). And so there was Grandma’s Cherry Cheesecake for dessert, and it was a Big Hit and everyone was very happy!
And sadly, the sudden deaths of 2 old friends (now of blessed memory) in March.
“Every year is getting shorter never seem to find the time…..”
One Year! 12 Months – 52 Weeks – 365 Days (366 in a Leap Year)
8760 Hours (8784 in a Leap Year) – 525,600 Minutes – 31,536,000 Seconds
Tempus fugit! (Time flies)
And we just reached 49000 Hits (unsolicited, never paid for) here on our Blog!
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
34 years ago!
The Grateful Dead LIVE at the San Francisco (now the Bill Graham) Civic Auditorium on December 28th, 1983 (2nd show of the magic New Year’s Run) for ThrowbackThursday:
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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018!
“Everybody’s building ships and boats
Some are building monuments, others are jotting down notes
Everybody’s in despair, every girl and boy
But when Quinn the Eskimo gets here, everybody’s gonna jump for joy”
– Grateful Dead Oakland Coliseum 1985
“In New York, people are buried in the snow. Here our flowers are blooming and our oranges are about to bear. Let’s hold a festival to tell the world about our paradise.” ~Professor Charles F. Holder, 1890