Happy Chinese New Year 2018!

Happy Chinese New Year 2018!
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Friday, February 16 is the Beginning of the Lunar New Year & Spring Festival

2018 is the Year of the Yang Brown Earth Dog!
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The Lantern Festival is on March 2nd and is the climax of the new year celebration.

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Over 2000 years old, the Lantern Festival is a time for Moon watching, Lion dances, lantern lighting, social interaction and a celebration of freedom.

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2018 is time to overcome obstacles and will be a challenge year for many people.
Take extra effort to reach your destination and use your wisdom to find a better way.
Consider necessity before spending money.
2018 will be a good year to save and increase your wealth.

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READ OUR PREVIOUS CHINESE NEW YEAR BLOG POSTS!

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Happy Year of the Brown Male Yang Earth Dog!
He’s such a good boy!

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Here is some More Good Advice and wisdom: (ripped from the interweb)

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“Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.”
– Carrie Fisher RIP, Wishful Drinking, 2008

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photo and needlepoint credit: Dawn Taylor

Happiness is a mental or emotional state of well-being defined by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. Happy mental states may also reflect judgements by a person about their overall well-being.

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The Lightswitch in the Bathroom at KJ’s House

Happiness has traditionally been considered an elusive and evanescent thing.
To some, even trying to achieve it is an exercise in futility.

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“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” – The Declaration of Independence of the United States

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“Happiness runs in a circular motion
Thought is like a little boat upon the sea
Everybody is a part of everything anyway
You can have everything if you let yourself be”
– Donovan

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Art is a diverse range of human activities in creating visual, auditory or performing artifacts (artworks), expressing the author’s imaginative or technical skill, intended to be appreciated for their beauty or emotional power. These activities include production of works of art, criticism of art, study of art history and the aesthetic dissemination of art.

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“This world is but a canvas to our imagination.” – Henry David Thoreau

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“The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.” – Michelangelo

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“Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“Making money is art
and working is art
and good business is the best art.”

– Andy Warhol

 

 

 

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“Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs.” – Ansel Adams

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“Are you really sure that a floor can’t also be a ceiling?” – M.C. Escher

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“The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.” – Orson Welles

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“I choose a block of marble and chop off whatever I don’t need.” – Auguste Rodin

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“Art in the classroom not only spurs creativity,
it also inspires learning.”
– Mickey Hart

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“Art is what you can get away with.” – Andy Warhol

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“When I have a camera in my hand, I know no fear.” – Alfred Eisenstaedt

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“The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure.”
– Dale Carnegie

 

“A work of art is above all an adventure of the mind.”
– Eugene Ionesco

 

“A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.”
– Paul Cezanne

 

“Art does not reproduce what we see; it makes us see.” – Paul Klee

 

 

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“The show business has all phases and grades of dignity,
from the exhibition of a monkey
to the exposition of that highest art in music
or the drama which secures for the gifted artists
a world-wide fame princes well might envy.”

– P.T. Barnum

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“Life doesn’t imitate art, it imitates bad television.” – Woody Allen

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“Art is never finished, only abandoned.” – Leonardo da Vinci

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“Dance is the most fundamental of all art forms.” – Twyla Tharp

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“I am my own experiment. I am my own work of art.” – Madonna

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“Music happens to be an art form that transcends language.” – Herbie Hancock

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From Dawn Taylor “Rules For Living”:

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“Here’s a little song I wrote
You might want to sing it note-for-note
Don’t worry, be happy
In every life we have some trouble
But when you worry, you make it double
Don’t worry, be happy Don’t worry, be happy now
Ooo-oo-hoo-hoo-oo hoo-hoo-oo-oo-oo-oo-ooo Don’t worry
Woo-oo-woo-oo-woo-oo-ooo Be happy
Woo-oo-oo-oo-ooo Don’t worry, be happy!”

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“Don’t worry, be happy
‘Cause when you worry your face will frown
And that will bring everybody down
Don’t worry, be happy!”

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If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, get help right away!
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Monday. Blue Monday.

Blue Monday.

Just take it easy…. (you’re not alone)

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The Puppies with Pink Bellies!

“Blue Monday, how I hate blue Monday/Got me workin’ like a slave all day
Here comes Tuesday, oh hard Tuesday/I’m so tired, I’ve got no time to play
Here come Wednesday I’m beat to my side/My girl calls, I gotta tell her that I’m out
‘Cause Thursday is a hard-workin’ day and Friday I get my pay
Saturday morning, oh, Saturday morning/All my tired has gone away
Got my money and my honey/And I’m out on the scene to play
Sunday morning my head is bad/But it’s worth it, all the times I had
But I’ve got to get my rest/Cause Monday is a mess”
– sung by Fats Domino, written by Dave Bartholomew

Blue Monday is typically the third Monday of January reported to be the most depressing day of the year…

Seasonal depression factors (bad weather, holiday bills, politics, etc.) are coming together this year on Blue Monday and additional concerns make 2017’s this Blue Monday even more depressing than other years.

“The deaths of so many celebrities, many in their 50s and 60s, has also worried people by reminding them of their own mortality.”

NOTE: The day after election day, November 9, 2016, overall happiness fell to around 55 points, the lowest ever recorded since the app began, and lower than any other Blue Mondays according to the Mappiness database.

“In almost six and a half years, there has been no day more miserable than Wednesday 9 Nov, the day the US election was called for Donald Trump.”

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Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. It affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. You may have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities, and depression may make you feel as if life isn’t worth living.

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“DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY!” – Bobby McFerrin

“Here’s a little song I wrote
You might want to sing it note-for-note
Don’t worry, be happy
In every life we have some trouble
But when you worry, you make it double
Don’t worry, be happy Don’t worry, be happy now
Ooo-oo-hoo-hoo-oo hoo-hoo-oo-oo-oo-oo-ooo Don’t worry
Woo-oo-woo-oo-woo-oo-ooo Be happy
Woo-oo-oo-oo-ooo Don’t worry, be happy!”
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“Don’t worry, be happy
‘Cause when you worry your face will frown
And that will bring everybody down
Don’t worry, be happy!”

GET HAPPY!

Happy Chinese New Year 2017!

恭喜發財! Happy Chinese New Year 2017! 新年好呀!新年好呀!

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“May all your wishes be fulfilled”

THE YEAR OF THE RED FIRE ROOSTER! 祝贺大家新年好!
(or Chicken, referring to barnyard fowl of either sex)

Roosters have these five virtues:
Literary skills, military prowess, courage, benevolence and trustworthiness

Roosters have these personality traits:
They are observant, hardworking, resourceful, courageous, talented and
trustworthy with a strong sense of timekeeping and responsibility at work

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Gung Hay Fat Choy! Happy Chinese New Year 2017!

The Spring Festival begins on Saturday, January 28 at midnight.
The first day is for welcoming the deities of the heavens and earth.
It is tradition to light fireworks and firecrackers, burn bamboo sticks
and make as much noise as possible to chase off evil spirits.

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FIREWORKS! GUNG HAY FAT CHOY!

NOTE: The lunar year of the Rooster starts on January 28th.
The “Start of Spring” is February 3rd according to the Chinese solar calendar.

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The first day is also a time to honor family elders and visit the oldest and most senior members of the extended families (parents, grandparents and great-grandparents).

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For Buddhists the first day is also the birthday of Maitreya Bodhisattva, the Buddha-to-be. They also abstain from killing animals and meat consumption on the first day.

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People walk under a Chinese Lantern display during New Year’s Eve celebration in Chinatown Manila, Philippines  February 18, 2015 (REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco)

“May you realize all your ambitions”

According to ancient Chinese superstition, lighting fires and using knives is considered bad luck on New Year’s Day, so all food is usually cooked beforehand. It is also considered bad luck to use a broom during the New Year’s celebration.

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FIREWORKS! HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!

Usually the best way to avoid bad luck is to wear red, but because the fire element for 2017 is RED, do not use red in your clothes and accessories! Red colored stones like ruby, garnet and pink topaz should also be avoided. Instead, use colors that complement red and the fire element. Earth colored items (browns or yellows) are most suitable. Purple and lavender colors will also be lucky. Amethyst and topaz will bring luck and success.

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Gung Hay Fat Choy! Happy Chinese New Year!

NOTE: There are 13 lunar months instead of 12, and 384 days in 2017. To keep the Chinese lunar calendar within half a month of the traditional solar calendar, there’s a leap month (a second lunar month 6 starting July 23rd) in The Year of the Rooster.

The Chinese Zodiac:

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The Chinese zodiac is a recurring 12-year cycle. Each year is represented by one of 12 animals. Sorry Roosters, those in their birth-sign year will supposedly have bad luck.

NOTE: You will need to work hard and be patient to achieve your goals this year! Maintain a positive frame of mind. Meditation will help keep you calm and serene.

“May your happiness be without limit”

祝贺大家新年好! HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL! 恭喜發財!

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The San Francisco Chinese New Year Festival and Parade is the oldest and largest celebration outside of Asia, and the largest Asian cultural event in North America. Over 100 groups participate in the annual Chinese New Year Parade held since 1958. It is attended by ~500,000 people and watched by another 3 million television viewers.

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FIREWORKS! HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!

GUNG HAY FAT CHOY!

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The inverted character fu is a sign of coming blessings



Happiness is a Warm Puppy!

Happiness is a Warm Puppy! It’s Puppytime!

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Thank you all for your messages! I truly appreciate your kind thoughts! Heartbroken over the loss of my little girls, we had to get a new friend for my Big Boy: Introducing the new girl (she just flew in and boy are her paws tired) – instant love!

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Her name is Lily and she is a very smart and stubborn Cavachon puppy.

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Again, THANK YOU all for your messages! I’ve been happily distracted meeting the new girl today. If you missed the update she arrived this morning. She is an amazing dog at 8 weeks old! Going to be fun training her. It’s also really hard because waves of sorrow keep hitting me hard off and on too. So, it’s been an emotional roller coaster ride all day long but now we have a beautiful new puppy!

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UPDATE: Tuesday, August 16, 2016 – End of Day 3

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Tuesday Afternoon!

“So gently swaying thru the fairyland of love,
if you’ll just come with me and see the beauty of Tuesday afternoon”

5 days and I miss them so much! Day 3 with the new puppy and she is a fun and furry handful! I’m loving this little girl and she’s also a great distraction because it’s hard to be sad when you’re enjoying the innocence and exuberance of a new puppy discovering the world. My Big Boy is super depressed and hasn’t fully accepted the new girl, it’s still too soon for him, and he constantly on alert when we go outside. So he’s getting a lot of love, extra attention and daily special time too.

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End of Monday

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She’s so little!

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UPDATE Thursday, August 18, 2016 – End of Day 7 (just before midnight)

She is adjusting well to her new home and exploring everything. She learns really fast and is just a beautiful little girl.

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Thursday Morning!

So it’s been 8 days since the tragedy and we’re dealing with the loss, it’s really hard and everyday there are reminders and there’s an emptiness here without them…

The little puppy is the best distraction and she is getting constant attention and love. And she’s getting bigger already! She went to the vet on Monday and the results from her stool sample showed that she has giardia (an intestinal parasitic infection) and maybe an ear infection, so she is on a couple daily medications. She’s always hungry now and been eating well since the last update. She very active, feisty and fast. And very curious about the borders of the rooms and yards when she roams free.

More pictures from Wednesday and Thursday:

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The Big Boy after a full body massage!

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The Big Boy has been very depressed and really misses his friends. He gets special time each day and we’ve been trying to get him to accept the new puppy. There was a little progress today but it’s still too soon for him and she’s still too little. She is fascinated by his big tail, but he is not amused when she attacks it. He’s being such a good boy and tolerating the new puppy’s attempts at play. He did growl at her a little today and backed her off once when she was biting on him.

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She is fascinated by the Big Boy’s tail!


Friday after her 4am early morning feeding and poop:

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Friday after her 4am feeding and poop – sleepy baby!

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