A noncelebratory week

Last week — Sunday the 4th through Saturday the 10th — was a great rarity on my calendar: an entire week without a holiday, anniversary, or other celebratory event. This from someone with lots of family and friends with birthdays, someone who notes linguistic holidays like Hangul Day and OK Day, someone who tracks many saints’ days (Valentine, David, Patrick, Andrew, Nicholas, Cecilia, Arnold, Genevieve, Stephen, George), and someone who notes oddities like Doris Day.

Now, this week is definitely celebratory:


Birthdays for Max Vasilatos and Elizabeth Daingerfield Zwicky. Shrove Tuesday / Mardi Gras, and Ash Wednesday; and lunar new year (the Year of the Dog).

Three artist’s renderings for this Year of the Dog, incorporating the character 狗  (gǒu in pinyin) ‘dog’:




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