Starting Off the New Year

Greetings, Readers! Happy 2015 to you (I still have a few more days to wish you a Happy New Year, don’t I). I have to admit that I resonate a lot more with ancient culture wisdom traditions and beginning the “real” new year with the Spring Equinox, coming this year on March 20. I mean, we are still technically in the dead of winter, even if it is about 70 F / 21 C today in Northern Colorado. It’s a high altitude plains thing, these temperature swings. In another couple of weeks we could be back to 32 F / 0 C, or even colder. Just the way that Colorado rumbles.

Taken in the Parc des Buttes Chaumont, March 30, 2012

Taken in the Parc des Buttes Chaumont, Paris — March 30, 2012

Anyway, as I was saying, I appreciate the ancient wisdom of understanding a new year really begins with the sun moving into the sign of Aries, with the Spring Equinox, and with all the energy that sprouts in springtime. I happened to stumble across the above springtime photo in my Dropbox files today when looking for something else (I have not touched my dropbox files in months!). Such a pretty yellow flower. Although I am terrible at identifying flowers, Google reminds me this is indeed a forsythia. Forsythia bushes are all over the Parc des Buttes Chaumont and herald the emergence of spring.

I can’t wait for this springtime energy to arrive because, frankly, I feel frozen in my situation and need a thaw and flow of better circumstances to arrive.

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Seven Letters from Paris — A Review

Seven Letters from Paris by Samantha Vérant

Seven Letters from Paris by Samantha Vérant

Greetings, Readers.

A very kind and generous friend sent me an e-book copy of Samantha Vérant’s Seven Letters from Paris. What follows is a review I just posted to Amazon and is a reflection of my real feelings about the book. This review is unsolicited, and something from my heart. I am writing it in part because I know the importance of a good review to an author, and hey: it’s good karma! You never know. I might one day tell one of my own stories and this is my storing up in the goodwill karma bank. ;-)

I’m going to be doing this more because I was also the recipient of TWO MORE books in this past couple of weeks — one I blogged about already here, and one is from a Facebook giveaway from none other than Samantha Vérant’s page for Seven Letters from Paris. More on those as soon as I finish reading, can write a review, and head to the public library, which is where I am frantically typing this up because the Boy is with me today, we still don’t have Internet access at my parents’ home, and he is dying to play Minecraft for a few. Haha. So, let me not tarry.

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