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.

Chinese-New-Year-2014-Horse-72014 is the Year of the Horse, starting on Jan. 31 (the Lunar New Year/Spring Festival of China) and lasting until Feb. 6.

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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?

 

Toni 2/8/14

POETRY, PIZZA AND A LICENSE TO PLAY

Here’s what happens when I sit down to write a poem.

I think that I will say something about this, but I end up writing about that. I set out to wrap my idea in verse ~ with what Ted Kooser says gets the poem going, that twist of language or glimpse of life ~ but then, somehow, I am thinking about pizza.

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My head fills with arugula, figs, fennel and clams, Fontina, walnuts and wood-fired crusts.  (I admit it, I’m a pizza snob.)

The words ambush me: portabella, porcini, arugula, burrata.

I smell the basil, parsley, and rising pillow of dough~ such sweet magic.

And then, without warning, I have a different poem in mind than the one I started to write.


When I sit down to write a poem, one thing just leads to another.

My poem, Gym Rats, is a perfect example.

Oh, and by the way, I (and all the Desperate Housescribes) have a License to do this.    Check it out on Toni’s Page.

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And A Special Surprise for Our Tens of Readers:

Email me (jtgiarnese@sbcglobal.net)  with your photo, full name and address ~ you’ll be glad you did.

Toni 10/2010

PREZZEMOLO AND A WANTON WORDLE

“My father says almost the whole world’s asleep.  Everybody you know, everybody you see, everybody you talk to.  He says only a few people are awake.  And they live in a state of constant total amazement.”

……….. ……………………….. …from the movie Joe vs. the Volcano

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I’m one of those people who walk around in a state of Constant Total Amazement. Amazed about everything, great and small.  Science.  Humanity.  A Seed.  A Hummingbird.  A Word.  (All writers love words.) Like this one ~ Prezzemolo, the Italian word for parsley. It’s slang for a thing or person that’s popping up everywhere, like garnish on a plate.

See any political signs lately?  They’re prezzemolo. You can’t go two feet without seeing one.  They pop up in yards, vacant lots and dirt roads.  Most political consultants say it’s much better to put money into targeted direct mailers and cable television ads. But the signs continue to be an inescapable part of election season because candidates and their supporters expect them.

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Consider the proliferation of, say, blogs.  Blogs are prezzemolo. Who doesn’t read them?  or write them?   And of course,  the ever-present tag clouds that make the blog more interlinked when crawled by a search engine.

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Go on.

You know you want to make one.

You can make your own tag cloud (and surf the gallery) at http://www.wordle.net.

Amazing, isn’t it?

Toni

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