Happy Metal Rat Lunar New Year 4718!

Happy Lunar New Year! It’s the Lunar Year 4718, the Year of the Rat. It’s the year of the Metal Rat more specifically, and through this link, you can find what to expect for your sign.

A word of caution, though. According to lunar astrology, when the year is your animal year, it’s NOT your year! Just ask the Denver Broncos in a certain Super Bowl the last time it was the Year of the Horse! This is in contrast to Western thinking where when something is of your identity or symbol, it’s a good omen.

Don’t say you Rats haven’t been forewarned!

Definition: Awumbuk (Baining People of Papua New Guinea)

Awumbuk

[ pronounced aWUMbuk ]

From the Baining People of Papua New Guinea, a feeling of lethargy that descends when a house guest finally leaves.

  • From the TEDTalk below (at about 10:45), by Tiffany Watt Smith, which includes a bunch of emotions where there are no words in English, but which you may well have experienced, but never had one single word to describe them! Or which you may go out and try to see if you can conjure up the feeling from hints in its definition for where and/or under what conditions one might experience it.

 

From the belief that guests shed a heaviness into the air of your home so they can travel more easily, leaving that heaviness with you! So those Baining people leave a bottle of water out to absorb this heaviness and ease the burden.

It might take the right house guest to make this happen for you, but you have probably felt this before, and can again if you pay attention to your feelings after having house guests in the future. Water bottle outside is optional. 🙂

Happy Semi New Year 2019.5! (and Canada Day for Canadians)

First, for any readers in Canada, as I am based, Happy Canada Day! We are so lucky to be living in what many global polls suggest is the best country in the world!

For everyone, I would like to wish you a Happy Semi New Year for the second half of 2019! Now, what is this “Semi New Year” business, you ask? Well, it’s something I came up with earlier this week in the continual development of my Life Strategy (draft at right) and making it a reality. I am currently making enough changes in my life that they could comprise of a set of New Year’s resolutions. However, it’s not New Year.

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