Archive for August 8th, 2008


Dear World

 Today’s date seems to have special significance for a lot of people. I know a couple who is getting married this very day. Happy Wedding, Alan and Louis! I took this posting straight off The Wedding Planner Ireland blog http://theweddingplannerireland.wordpress.com/2008/01/18/080808-a-special-date/ re: today’s date: “The date is not only catchy but the number 8 is also considered very favourable in Chinese culture. The Chinese pronunciation for ‘eight’ (ba in Mandarin and paat in Cantonese) sounds similar to the word for ‘prosperity’ (fa in Mandarin and faat in Cantonese). The more eights involved in a couple’s lives, the better chance they have for luck and wealth (so get booking!). Numbers play a large role in choosing a wedding date for the Chinese (many Chinese couples are given a selection of auspicious days on which to marry). This applies to any special event in Chinese culture. In fact, the summer Olympics in Beijing will begin on 8/8/08, at 8:08 p.m.Along with the good luck associated with the number eight, 8/8/08 has a few other factors that might make it a desirable day to get married. August is always a popular month for weddings and when the numeral “8″ is turned on its side, it becomes the symbol for infinity — a fitting motif to represent the beginning of a marriage!”


Marriage or whatever, I like the LOOK of this number — all those round things… That it has “prosperity” in its connotation — all the better. What fabulous thing will happen this day? I wonder…I can hardly wait to see what the world brings in my door, telephone and my inbox!

This morning as I worked out at the gym, instead of counting reps I counted BLESSINGS — eeeeeeeeeeee! There were so many that it made the entire time go fast, all full of joy and gratitude. SO much more interesting than just one two three four…

The list included, first, my beautiful, funny, brilliant-genius daughters, Zoe and Alicia and my beautiful, thoughtful, true and loving Ed, my home in this extraordinary spot in the world, my family and friends and this supportive, loving, amazing community I get to live with. The list is too long and full of superlatives to put it all here or I would not get a lick of work done today, but I can’t help but add that the fact I can do a zillion bicep curls with 18 pound weights is a blessing, don’t you think? Well, yes. 

My letterpress print shop has been a blessing in my life for nearly 23 years. In it, I get to meet people from around the world, create something new every day, express beauty into the world with this craft have lived and loved and been crazy over for something like 35 years in total.

Well, gee, this is a great exercise, counting blessings. I wish you many this crazy eights day.



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