Thank you to all the many supporters who donated to Operation Santa Paws. Several carloads of food and treats, beds, toys and even pet sweaters were gratefully accepted by workers at Lacy Street Animal Shelter.
Like many others, the last few years have left me with a sensation of Time hurling, speeding by way too quickly.
So, I want it to slow down, already. But how to slow it down?
I think that building a deeper awareness of the seasonal cycles, of the ancient solar festivals of quarter and cross-quarter days might help control that feeling of wild speed.
So I pick up a calendar and first remind myself that each day is an infinitely precious gift.
Then to write the old Celtic names on the Calendar
March 21 -Vernal Equinox: Ostara
June 23 -Summer Solstice: Litha
September 23 - Fall Equinox: Mabon
December 21 - Winter Solstice: Yule
Then the cross quarter days (High Feast Days of the Old Ways)
February 2 - Imbolc - halfway between Yule and Ostara
May 1 - Beltane - halfway between Ostara and Litha
August 1 - Lammas - halfway between Litha and Mabon
October 31 - Samhain - halfway between Mabon and Yule
Then to add a few Saints' Feast Days such as:
October 4 - Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi
December 12 - Feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe
And a few days that are important to me:
June 16 - Bloomsday
August 29 - Katrina Remembrance Day
November 18 - Beaujolais Nouvelle
Then I'll add dates of Sporting Events, such as:
February 7 - SuperBowl
December 4 - USC-UCLA Cross-Town Rivalry Game Day
Then a few special birthdays....
Will this heightened awareness help slow time down? I don't know. Ask me next year.
I do know that life is too precious not to celebrate very single day with gratefulness and joy.
Get out your camera and your walking shoes, it's time for the Annual Highland Park Photo Survey, created and hosted by Waltarrrrr of 90042
Celebrating another wonderful year of art and community! Avenue 50 Studio, Two Tracks Studio, Hi Tree, She Rides the Lion cordially invite you to our Fifth Annual Holiday Sale & Party!
Original and affordable prints, paintings, jewelry, scarves, etc. by the following artists:
Los De Abajo Printmaking Collective with Victor Rosas
Pounder-Kone Art with CCH Pounder
Saturday, December 19th from 7:00pm to 11:00pm, and Sunday, December 20th from 12:00 noon to 4:00pm