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Yes, the Groundhog saw his shadow—spring is near. Ha! Today is also known as Candlemas—when Christ was presented to the temple. It is a time of candles and bonfires. It is also associated with pancakes, which links it to Lupercalia, an ancient Roman February festival where passing cakes was the custom. Take your choice (warning, Lupercalia has a bad rep).

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Yes, the Groundhog saw his shadow—spring is near or is the opposite? Ha! Today is also known as Imbolc (Gaelic for In the belly), which is dedicated to Brigid, an Irish fertility goddess. She visits households and wells. Parades, dances, and people taking Brigid’s Crosses from house to house. It also known as Crossquarters—it is halfway between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. It is also a time of weather divination—snakes in ancient times & groundhogs today.

 

Rutgers University has developed Super Catnip. Yes, it drives cats wild, even more than regular catnip. If you want drug-crazed kitties, buy them Super Catnip, but you have been warned. No telling what they might do. Super Catnip is also an environmentally-friendly method of repelling mosquitoes and other insects.

The conundrum: You may be able to live insect-free but suffer a feline infestation. You might become a Cat Lady or Cat Gentleman. Either countless bugs or dozens of cats. Life is never easy. I smell a story.

 

National Kazoo Day

The good thing about kazoos is that they sound bad no matter who is playing—young, old, pro, beginner, tone-deaf, and so on. And no matter what type of music you choose, playing it on a kazoo is a mistake. What next? Tuba day? Accordion day? Bagpipe day? Please don’t forget to wear earplugs.

I promise not to write about them.

 

BURNS NIGHT

It is a celebration of the life and enduring legacy of the great Scottish poet, Robert Burns of Auld Lang Syne fame. January 25 1759 to July 21, 1796. The Burns Supper is bagpipes, Scotch, haggis, and Burns’s poetry. 3 out of 4 ain’t bad. (The Suddeths come from Scotland so I will have to write about it.)

 

MLK Day

We all know who Martin Luther King Jr. is. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) Today is the Federal holiday devoted to him. His most famous speech is “I have a dream.” He gave countless speeches. My favorite quote is in the illustration below. Let us celebrate his life and mourn his assassination. May his light live on.

This link shares more quotes from his speeches: https://www.weareteachers.com/martin-luther-king-quotes/

 

MOON TRIPLE PLAY!

Sunday night and Monday morning the moon will be in rare form. A full moon—the Cold Moon. A Super Moon—the moon is closer to Earth than usual. And a lunar eclipse—the Earth moves between the Moon and the Sun. Get your cameras out!

The Cherokee also call the full moon, Cold Moon, Unolvtani, ᎤᏃᎸᏔᏂ. Wonder why? They perform the Cold Moon Dance. They also celebrate the arrival of the Sun’s Daughter—the morning Star—AKA Venus.

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