Wise Musings

MANILA, Philippines - With less than two weeks left before the Year of the Water Dragon, the Chinese (and other believers of Chinese superstition) are beginning to plan their Lunar New Year menus, which revolve around attracting good luck and deflecting negative energy.

A dish or food item is considered "lucky" either because of its appearance, or the way the Chinese word for it sounds. The Chinese word for fish, yu, for instance, sounds like the word for riches and abundance.

The Olympics have begun.  Such excitement.  Such skill.  Such a level of competition.  Over 200 countries represented AND each one had at least one women competitor.  The USA team has MORE women than men!  Will be great to watch through these next couple of weeks as the various sports are played by the world's top atheletes.

I grew up as a daughter of military parents. My mother was naval reserve when she met my father who was in the army. After I was born she resigned, and my father went voluntary indefinite. I am old enough to have spent a year of my life crying myself to sleep every night from mid 1967 to mid 1968, begging God to send my father home safe from Vietnam. My father did return to us, but his easy smile and laugh were gone for many years.

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