YO, HORSES ~ GET YOUR RED UNDERWEAR ON!

GUNG HAY FAT CHOY!

Can you guess what Halle Berry and Rembrandt have in common?  Well, they were both born under the Sign of the Horse.

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2014 is the Year of the Horse.

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Other famous Horses you may know ~ Franklin D Roosevelt, the 32nd president of the US; Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon; the American singer Aretha Franklin; and the model Cindy Crawford.

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If you were born in 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, or 2002 – you were born under the Sign of The Horse.

I was born in the Year of the Ox.  My advice ~  Never. Cross. An. Ox.

According to Chinese astrology, the animal signs that are four years apart from each other are believed to be compatible, but are incompatible if they are six years apart. Curious? Here’s the compatibility chart.

People born in the Year of the Horse are extremely animated and active. They tend to be energetic, bright and intelligent with excellent communication skills. Generally cheerful, popular and talented, they enjoy entertaining and are easy to get along with.

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And there’s more to Chinese New Year than lion dances and firecrackers,  don’t cha know.

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If you are born in a horse year, tradition dictates that this year you should wear red. Every Day.  For a Whole Year.

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According to superstition, in your zodiac year you will offend Tai Sui, the god of age, and will experience bad luck for the whole year. To avoid this you should wear something red, which has been given to you by someone else. I’m thinking underwear.  For luck and prosperity. (Oh, and expect all your whites to turn pink.)

There’s plenty of underwear for sale in Chinese shops ~ all sport the Chinese character Chai (Prosperity) emblazoned in gold.

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HORSES, BETTER GET MORE THAN ONE PAIR!

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The Chinese Zodiac (中国十二生肖 Zhōngguó shí èr Shēngxiào) is on Toni’s Page.  Find out what zodiac animal you are, your personality traits, who you share them with….. and if you’ll be wearing red undies any time soon.

Does the horse sound like anyone you know?

Are you into the Chinese New Year animal signs?

What’s yours?

 

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DELIVERING HAPPINESS ~ TAKE JOY

We Women Who Write have a new book to devour.

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The Fiddler in the Subway by Gene Weingarten is a collection of feature essays that he wrote for the Washington Post.  Weingarten is a nationally syndicated humor columnist and two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing.  You’ve probably read the title piece.  It’s about professional violinist Joshua Bell.

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It began as a stunt – what would happen if you put a world-class musician outside a Washington DC subway station to play for spare change?  Would anyone notice?  Well, turns out that no one noticed the violinist but everyone noticed Weingarten’s story.  There’s a video, too, that became part of the widely referenced essay about life lived too quickly.

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Weingarten writes nonfiction that reads like a novel.  I first started reading his pieces after the Gene-and-Gina Wars.  That’s Gina Barreca – A woman/writer/professor/Brooklyn Girl who Gets It.  Gina and Gene collaborated on a book of secrets, I’m with Stupid, their shtick for two years.

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It’s a series of emails on universal themes that expose the differences in male/female behaviors. Chapter by chapter, Gina and Gene visit subjects about which women and men disagree. It’s neither humorless nor pedantic – it’s just slap-up fun.  And the covers – yes, they each get one – ignite conversations on planes and trains and a squintillion other places. Trust me.

Weingarten’s book caught Patty’s eye, a recommendation from a Discriminating Reader. We are thinking that reading the work of a master storyteller will be great fun.  And why not learn from the best?  David Halberstam, a Pulitzer winner for his Vietnam coverage, says that telling a good story requires a great idea for why the story works – for what it is and how it connects to the human condition. It’s clear that Weingarten does more than just reporting and writing – he is thinking.  He holds the story up to the light, distills it, refines it and then writes his way to the heart of the matter.  I can’t wait to grab hold of the book with both hands and Take Joy.

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Toni

Want to join us?  If you’re into reading screens, you’ll find the first essay, The Great Zucchini, here ~

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/18/AR2006011801434.html

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Happiness Song #14          Courtesy of The Queen of Soul