Holidays

tashi deleg losar!

It seems like just welcomed in a new year. Now, it’s time to celebrate the lunar new year or as my Tibetan Buddhist pals like to call it, Losar (lo means year and sar mean new).  Losar celebrations date back to the pre-Buddhist period, and the indigenous spirituality called Bon. Today, however, it’s inseparable from Buddhist…

mini ECG complex on a heart

EKG Cross Stitch Valentines

Valentine’s Day is an excellent time for me to get in touch with my stitchier side by diving head first into making cross stitch valentines! As any qualified stitcher will tell you, thread selection is crucial.  I’m sticking to a reasonably traditional valentiney pallet of red and pink thread on a crisp white x stitch fabric. I’ve…

Lunar New Year!

To some, it’s only the second new moon after the solstice, but to me, it’s the lunar new year. In many Asian countries and communities around the world, it’s a significant holiday. In China, it’s called Chingjie, in Vietnam, it’s Tet, while in Korea it’s Somal. Tibetans call it Losar, which predates other lunar new…

monkey with a picture of a groundhog and the date February 2nd

Groundhog’s Day

I believe that Groundhog’s day is one of the more underrated holidays. It seems to be celebrated only in North America, and despite lending its name to a Bill Murray movie, it lacks the international recognition it so dearly deserves. Yes, a few very hip, trendy, and Groundhog-aware cities do their best to drum up…

Happy Pencil Day!

March 30: on this day in 1858 Hymen Lipman of Philadelphia received a patent for his revolutionary invention – The pencil. By incorporating an eraser into the core of the pencil he changed the course of pencil history! Mr. Lipman sold his patent to Joseph Reckendorfer for $100,000 who subsequently took legal action against the…

Happy Pi Day!

Every year on the 14th of March dozens of people all over the world gather their family and friends together to celebrate Pi. Is it any coincidence that Pi Day is also Albert Einstein’s birthday? Well, yes. It is a coincidence. This occurrence is the essence of a what a coincidence.* So, let’s raise a…

monkey playing tiny violin.

Tips for Valentine’s Day Romance

  Music is one of the most beautiful ways to convey feelings when words fail. Spontaneously bursting into a romantic serenade on your violin is a sure way to win your sweetie’s heart. Be sure you know how to play the violin before attempting this charming gesture, or this could tarnish your relationship a tiny bit.

Groundhog's day cookies

Groundhog’s Day Cookies

Every holiday needs a tasty cookie! Enjoyed warm or room temperature, they are perfect to start your Groundhog Day festivities or as little nosh as you wind down from the big day celebrations.  My English friend, Judith, shared her Rockcake recipe with me many many (many) years ago and they are a natural for Groundhog Day…