Friday, February 14, 2014

Sex, Drugs, Rock ’n Roll, Valentine's Day and Stuff by Margaret Ullrich

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Ah, February… usually a quiet, not much happening time.
A time to relax and celebrate love.
A time to shovel snow here in Winnipeg.

No further word from the patriotic Winnipeg YA author on Facebook.
After folks shared their Look Back movies, Facebook settled down.
Elsewhere there’s been everything: Sex, Drugs and Rock ’n Roll.
And a few reminders that time is flying.

We were all shocked by Philip Seymour Hoffman's tragic passing.
And saddened by the loss of Shirley Temple-Black, Sid Caesar and Ralph Waite.
Also in the news...
Woody Allen’s adopted daughter renewed allegations against him.
The UN human rights committee criticized the Holy See for its attitudes toward homosexuality, contraception and abortion.

After 22 years, on February 6, Jay Leno had his second Tonight Show exit.
He first left in 2009, when he was briefly replaced by Conan O'Brien.
That didn’t go so well, so Jay came back.
He’ll be 64 this year, and said, ‘this is the right time to leave.’
Jimmy Fallon takes over Tonight in New York on Feb. 17.
Yes, they’re moving the show back to New York.

On February 7 the Winter Olympics began in Sochi.
Sports competed with Rock ’N Roll royalty on February 9, the fiftieth anniversary of 
the Beatles arrival in New York and their first performance on the Ed Sullivan Show.

This has been a busier than normal start for February.
Valentine’s Day, as usual, reminded us of the importance of love.
But this year February also reminded us that we must move with the times.

It seems February has been the time to clean house for quite a while.
February 15 was when ancient Romans celebrated Lupercalia.
Even for the Caesars, February was the time to cleanse, to let go. 

In honour of Lupercalia it wouldn’t hurt to do a Feng Shui thing:
Light a sandalwood or frankincense incense stick.
Beginning at the front door, walk the main floor in a clockwise direction. 
Let the smoke clear the spaces of stagnant energies. 
Don’t forget corners, closets and rooms with little foot traffic. 
Return to the front door, sit and let the incense burn out. 
It's important to intend a cleanse, not just to be a walking air wick. 

Well, why not.
This month we've seen a few reminders of the passing of time.
Memories are fine, they don't have to fill up boxes to be real.
As part of our plans to downsize, I’ve been tossing more stuff.
After I walk around the house with an incense stick, I’ll toss more clutter.

About tonight’s full moon in Leo…
It’s also called a Full Snow Moon or a "Hunger Moon”.

According to the folks at
During this attention-grabbing full Moon, conduct yourself in a way that will make you proud. The Sun and Mercury in Aquarius ask you to take into account what's best for everyone, making this a perfect time to highlight a cause that's close to your heart. 
Whether the spotlight shines on you or others, plan on experiencing a bit of drama! 
Not only is Leo a showy sign, but full Moons have a tendency to ramp up emotions; 
Mercury's retrograde is also likely to highlight misunderstandings. 
Do your best to keep your cool and not overreact!

As said in Desiderata….
Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; 
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth...
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

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