Happy Sizdah Bedar!

As I explained in my post on Nowruz, the Persians/Iranians celebrate their New Year (held on March 20, the first day of Spring) for a full dozen days. On the 13th day, they conclude with a holiday called Sizdah Bedar. Also known as Nature’s Day, Sizdah Bedar literally means Thirteen Outdoor. It is supposed to … More Happy Sizdah Bedar!

Meatless Monday: Presidents Day/Mardi Gras Edition

Another day, another holiday! As I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, this February the holidays are really packed together. Valentines Day came only two days after Lunar New Year, while the day after that is Presidents Day, and the day after that is Mardi Gras. Even for a heavy-duty celebrator like me, that’s a lot of … More Meatless Monday: Presidents Day/Mardi Gras Edition

Meatless Monday: Chinese New Year Edition

Although it’s a short month, February is full of holidays. The way the calendar falls this year, many of them seem packed together more closely than usual. I’m already behind on reporting about my celebration efforts to date. However, I’ll begin with yesterday’s Meatless Monday meal in honor of the Lunar New Year, usually called … More Meatless Monday: Chinese New Year Edition

The 12-ish Gifts of 2020: Faith Communities

Happy 2021! Yesterday, besides my New Year’s Day traditions of doing a visioning session with my spiritual center and making a meal of black eyed peas (chili), greens, and cornbread (cookies), I was really into re-reading the book and working on lesson plans for the literature class that I start teaching again next Tuesday. So … More The 12-ish Gifts of 2020: Faith Communities

Poem, Prose, and Puns for Thanksgiving

‘Twas the day before T-dayand all through downtown,masked people were leisurely milling around.An autumnal day when the weather was mild––just perfect for posing for pics with your child.Happy young couples walking arm in armwith bags full of treats from Blue Moon and Le Farm.The wine store had people looking for adviceon what wine would make … More Poem, Prose, and Puns for Thanksgiving

Back to Bliss

My friend Michele came up with the title of this blog post when we were catching up on the phone this weekend from our snowed-in houses.  We had both had some kind of intense beginning-of-2017 experiences that we were sharing.  But when I was telling her about my plans for making 2017 an extraordinary year, … More Back to Bliss