OK, so this is January 2, so not officially New Year’s Day, but since it is the federal holiday for New Year’s Day, I’m figuring it still counts. Now, this is not to say I didn’t have a good ACTUAL New Year’s Day. Both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day focus around programs at … More My New Year’s Day Present
I know I haven’t written for a while, but it’s mostly from good things. Besides being busy with work and activities, last week I spent most of the week out of town at a WONDERFUL family wedding. It was a beautiful event that went off perfectly, celebrating the love of two delightful young people who … More This Year We Can All Have a Capitol Fourth!
The picture above shows my Juneteenth present for my tea-loving son: a blend called Alhambra 1400, one of the Time Travel series of teas created by the Raleigh Tea Company, available every week at the Cary Downtown Farmers Market. I chose that for two reasons (besides the fact he loves exotic teas and pretty much … More Celebrating Juneteenth
Last summer I wrote about how my greatest regret, besides seeing the people I loved, was the cancellation of Summerfest, an outdoors series of music played by the North Carolina Symphony in the Koka Booth Amphitheater. That has been my favorite summer tradition for years and years, and while I realized that it was necessary … More The Sounds of Summer Return
I know I’m a couple of days late, but still… I hope everyone had a nice holiday. We certainly did. Easter is an unusual holiday for me because I don’t really have any specific food traditions around Easter dinner. Growing up, my family wasn’t religious, so Easter wasn’t a big deal other than the chocolate … More Happy (Belated) Easter!
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!
I’m only going shopping once a week now–6:00 AM Thursday mornings for special senior hours at Harris Teeter, where EVERYONE wears a mask, customer or staff. Therefore, last night I was making my grocery list. Realizing that Cinco de Mayo was next week, I was trying to decide what special Mexican dish I would make … More What Are You Doing for Cinco de Mayo? With a Shout-Out to Jose Cuervo, but Not for the Usual Reason
It’s still only halfway through, but my Earth Day experience is including techniques old and new. How about yours? I started this morning at 7:00 AM by participating in a Global Coherence Meditation Session sponsored by HearthMath through their Global Coherence App on my iPhone. Next I took a good old-fashioned meditation walk (it is … More Celebrating Earth Day with a Digital Despacho
Since it has been a reflective holiday, I’ve been reconsidering our 4th of July traditions. Now that my son is older, this holiday has less activity around it. I used to spend the day teaching him about the significance of the 4th of July, often watching the musical 1776 with him or some other aspect … More Rethinking Holiday Traditions