Much Ado About . . . Nothing?

Jan 16th

I’m up, awake and ready for a new day! Are you?  I’m actually pretty excited.  I made sugar free, chemical free latte syrups, and cocoa syrup yesterday, so my coffee is absolutely delicious this morning! YUMMY! Creamy, sweet and  not harmful to my diet.  Gotta love that, right? The beauty of it is that these are shelf stable, so I don’t have to worry about them going bad before I can use them up . . . not that I will have a hard time using them up anyway.  If you are interested in the recipes for these latte syrups, visit my friend Heather at The Welcoming House Blog.  I just substituted xylitol for the sugar in her recipes and it worked great!

National Nothing Day –  It’s actually quite sad that this one lands on a work day because, quite simply, it’s a day for doing absolutely NOTHING!  It’s a non-event, or maybe even an un-event.  The idea is to not to do anything to promote anything today, because to do anything at all is contradictory to the purpose of the day!  The only thing that is known about this one is that it was started in 1973 by newspaperman Harold Pullman Coffin.  There’s no record of why anywhere that I could find.  I think we need to postpone this one until Saturday!

 

 

Appreciate A Dragon Day – We’ve all heard stories about dragons, usually when we were children and there were damsels in distress, princes and rescuing to be done.  And they were almost always in the context of cartoons and fairy tales.  Dragon lore goes beyond children’s stories though.  The dragon is actually a powerful symbol in mythology from Europe to Asia, and throughout the rest of the world.  This celebration encourages you to explore the cultural significance of the dragon in your society and history.  The eastern dragon, in China or Vietnam, is like a completely different creature from the western dragon.  Their anatomy, their behavior, their symbolism and what they mean to their society are very different.  The east seems to value dragons for their magic and beauty, being held with very high respect from the people of the east. 

This is far different from the view of dragons in the west, where they are seen as monsters.  Dragons from the east are used in ceremonies and parades, and like the western dragon, can often take on the form of a monster, but it is made from many different animal qualities and parts, symbolizing heroism and not danger or threat.  The eastern dragon is even seen as more of a protector than a monster, and is both beautiful and powerful.  The Chinese even have a year of the dragon, and it is said that anyone who is born on the year of the dragon will be healthy, wealthy and wise, which are all the things the eastern dragon represents.  Many of the stories surrounding the eastern dragons center around the wealth they bring to the Chinese people.   In contrast we have the dragons from the west, which are said to breathe fire and are something that a hero must work hard to slay! These dragons try to kill people who get near them by breathing fire on them.  They have great wings and very sharp claws. It is these dragons that are in many of our fairy tales where princesses need to be rescued by the daring prince. Actually there are very few similarities between eastern dragon lore and western dragon lore – even the dragon’s habitats are different with the eastern dragons living in some sort of a damp place like a lake or ocean, and the western dragons who are said to live in the deserts or even in fire.  Which sort of dragon would you prefer to hear about in stories?  I admit, being raised on the stories surrounding the western dragon, I can’t imagine any other kind.


This Day In History

1991 – Operation Desert Storm begins to oust Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi forces from Kuwait.

Food Celebration of the Day

National Fig Newton Day – Myth has it that Nabisco’s cookies are named for Sir Isaac Newton. They actually are named for Newton, Mass., which neighbored where they were invented.  No matter what they are named after, I think they are utterly delicious.

Well, darn, now that I’m hungry for a Fig Newton and can’t have one . . . time to get on with my day and off to work!  At least I have my yummy coffee!  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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