Gently Fall into Fall ~~~~~~~~(your Moment of Zen)

As we slide from a “spooktacular” Halloween season, into numerous lovely Fall Festivals & Winter Wonderlands, it is time to Stop & Be Thankful for Friends & Family.

Taking Time to spend with loved ones, Reconnects us to our Humanity.

Quality time can be a long walk along our lovely Lady Bird Lake hike & bike trails, just listening to each other, & having a laugh.

Sharing a relaxed meal & conversation, (perhaps play board games) with family ,old friends or new people, is vastly more satisfying than a rushed bite & tight schedules of constant itineraries.

Cut the technological Tether we tie ourselves to &  feel free ~ Experience the Here & Now!

Let Love back into your holidays.

Allow Time to Appreciate the Beauty that Surrounds you.

Breathe!

P.S.  

for stress free holidays~avoid all  ‘turkeys’ ~unless it’s for dinner!

SXSW Madness Begins!

Bernie Worrell inducted The Peterson Brothers @ the Austin Music Awards SXSW 2013

Bernie Worrell inducted The Peterson Brothers @ the Austin Music Awards SXSW 2013

Once again our Fair City embraces the masses for SXSW Film, Education, Interactive and Music!
There is so much to do ,it is virtually impossible to see everything offered.
Pick your choices, have a back up plan, prepare for traffic and go have fun!
If downtown craziness is not your thing, there’s so much to do south of the river  on Congress and nearby neighborhoods.
Welcome To Austin Ya’ll ~where we keep it weird…
One request from the locals will be seen on T shirts…..”Please, Don’t Move Here!”

Happy Chinese New Year 2017!

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Gong Hei Fat Choi, which loosely translates to “Congratulations & Be Prosperous”.

Many locations in town will have Lion & Dragon Dances performing to bring Good Luck into the New Year…Find one near you , it is glorious to see & hear !

Chinese Lion Dancers

Chinese Lion Dancer

 

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Traditionally,Red Envelopes are given 壓歲錢/压岁钱 (yàsuìqián, which was evolved from 壓祟錢/压祟钱, literally, the money used to suppress or put down the evil spirit) during this period.   It is custom and polite for children to wish elders a happy new year and a year of happiness, health and good fortune before accepting the red envelope.Red envelopes are then kept under the pillow and slept on for seven days after Chinese New Year before opening because it symbolizes good luck and fortune when you sleep on the red envelopes for seven nights.

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For more about Chinese New Year  please see:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_New_Year

Dragon dance and Lion dance Dragon and lion dances are common during Chinese New Year. It is believed that the loud beats of the drum and the deafening sounds of the cymbals together with the face of the Dragon or lion dancing aggressively can evict bad or evil spirits. Lion dances are also popular for opening of businesses in Hong Kong and Macau. Seattle ID night market - lion dance 06.jpg

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Groundhog Day, Carnavale, & Mardi Gras

Groundhog Day, Carnavale, & Mardi Gras

Winter Blues VS. Spring Has Sprung!

Groundhog Day, forever immortalized in the Bill Murray comedy by the same name, is February 2, which is when the furry little marmots reveal whether we can ditch our cold weather gear & if it is warm enough to shed your laundry  for Carnavale (if it’s cloudy on Groundhog Day, then spring is coming; if it’s sunny, then there will be six more weeks of winter). In honor of this American and Canadian celebration….think Spring!