“Keep your faith in beautiful things;
in the sun when it is hidden,
in the Spring when it is gone.”
– Roy R. Gibson
It’s Valentines Day by David Bowie.
Welcome to the month of February.The Roman month Februarius was named after the Latin term februum, which means purification, via the purification ritual Februa held on February 15 (full moon) in the old lunar Roman calendar. Having only 28 days in common years, it is the only month of the year that can pass without a single full moon. This last happened in 1999 and will next happen in 2018. February is also the beginning of Chinese New Year, an important Asian festival celebrated at the turn of the lunisolar Chinese calendar. It is also known as the Spring Festival, the literal translation of the modern Chinese name. Celebrations traditionally run from the eve to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first calendar month. The first day of the New Year falls on some day between 21 January and 20 February.
The shortest month of the year. Superbowl month. The month of presidents holidays and of course a Hallmark month as Valentine’s Day now rivals Christmas as the top holiday of the year. If you’re married or in a relationship whether gay or straight, I’ll give you some advice before the big day of the 14th.
Do not… forget Valentine’s Day….
or you’ll be sleeping in the dog house and she’ll be sleeping with the dog. Forgetting Valentine’s Day when you’re in a committed relationship is right up there with forgetting her birthday or your anniversary. You just don’t want to do it and you don’t want to come up short and find the 7-11 is out of roses on your way home from work that day. Write it on your calender in BIG LETTERS and circle the day. FEB 14TH.
It’s on a Sunday this year. Makes it easier. But you do want to plan ahead and make those dinner reservations guys and gals. Even the dollar store has been taken over with rows and rows of valenine candy, cards, fake flowers. Really? Would you buy a fake rose for your other? It’s only once a year besides her birthday and your anniversary. Splurge on the fresh flowers guys. And gals… go for the expensive bottle of cologne not the knockoff at the dollar store.
2016 is the year of the Red Monkey.
I am the seasoned traveler
Of the Labyrinth.
The genius of alacrity,
Wizard of the impossible.
My brilliance is yet unmatched
In its originality.
My heart’s filled with potent magic
That could cast a hundred spells.
I am put together
For mine own pleasure
For mine own pleasure
I AM THE MONKEY.
The Chinese New Year of the Fire Monkey will start on February 8, 2016 – the second New Moon after the Solstice. Following 12 months of the dignified and surefooted Goat, the New Year of the Red Monkey is going shake, rattle and roll! the Monkey is very intelligent, hyperactive and strong-minded. He represents the unfettered mind freed from inhibitions and guilt. Relieving himself from the heavy burdens of a touchy conscience, the Monkey type will not hesitate to test his theories, experiment and think the unthinkable. In his domain, everything is possible. What is difficult, he could do right away; what is impossible may take a little longer.
All the animals have a shadow side, and the Monkey is no exception. The problem solving tendencies can turn the Monkey to being a tricky tactician, opportunistic and not all that trustworthy. The youthfulness hides an unscrupulous adolescent, and the independence can turn to unfaithfulness.
Kilburn Hall was born in the year of the monkey and I am in good company with: Leonardo da Vinci, Federico Fellini, Pope John Paul II, Mick Jagger, John Milton, Paul Gauguin, Charles Dickens, George Lucas, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Mel Gibson, James Stewart, Jacques Tati, Salvador Allende, Simone de Beauvoir, Gustav Mahler, to name a few.
So enjoy February, Chinese New Year; and participate in one of the many events taking place this month. I like National Wear Red Day (United States): (First Friday in February) when many people wear red to show their support for the awareness of heart disease and Doppelganger week First week in February, starting on the first Monday and ending on Sunday.
NEW! NEW! NEW! FOR 2016
An academic in search of truth. A jungle trekking CIA agent looking for adventure and smitten by a woman. Crooked politicians, shameless smugglers, profiteering archaeologists, come across what may be the greatest discovery of our time. The origin of the number zero and creation.
The finale in the Killing Of A Robin Trilogy. An unjustifiable police shooting, a buried dash-can video, a stalled 14 month investigation, a secret $5 million payoff to the family, systemic police cover-up, missing security footage, a tight run off mayoral election… the firing of Chicago’s Top Cop comes at a time when Satanic Rituals, Zombie attacks the result of new mind-bending street drugs called Cloud Nine, Ivory Wave, Flakka, spread panic throughout the city. Horrific images surface of an attack that only ended once a suspended homicide detective shoots and kills a 31-year-old homeless man after witnessing him eaten another homeless man’s face and Chicago’s police profiler Dr. Marie Steele has disappeared.
NEW BOOK COVERS