August 8, 2015, Granite Dells- I spent the greater part of this afternoon at Heaven on Earth B & B, in this lushest area of greater Prescott. Friends Happy and John had their first event since the Illumine Film Festival, in May (which I missed, having been in Reno at the time.) It was the first of three Launch Parties, by Green Living Magazine, a monthly eco-friendly living publication, out of Phoenix. I went over, after two different friends mentioned it to me, independently; the second having followed me through Prescott Public Library, specifically to let me know of the event.
So, always glad to head out to the Dells, I drove over, after first checking out the Mountain Arts and Crafts Fair and a performance by a quintet of young ladies, playing violins and fiddles. The afternoon was then spent with presentations by various advocates of healthy living, from GMO-Free Prescott and Slow Food, to which I belong, to an essential oils distributor. John sang, gently and sincerely, of “The Golden Age” and the powerful local artist, Celia, lent her rousing voice to the mood of the day- with three amazing songs.
One of the points which Happy made, during her emcee moments, was that today is a triple treat: 8 8 8. This is how it has worked, since 2010: March 3, of that year, was 3 3 3, because if one adds 2+1, one gets 3, so 2+0++1+0 = 3. April 4, 2011, thus sums up as 4 4 4, and so on, through December 12, 2019, which will be 12 12 12.
I have felt the “double dates” to be auspicious enough, from January 1 to December 12. New Year’s Day is special for many people, just because of the sense of a new beginning. We will dispense with 2/2, as some sort of prognosticatory event and note that some thawing starts, in some places, around that time. 10/10 is a National Day for Taiwan, commemorating the day when the revolt of the Chinese people against the corrupt Regent of the Realm, and his underlings, first got traction, resulting in the abdication, four months later, of the pre-teenaged Emperor, Pu Yi, in favour of Gen. Yuan Shi Kai. Yuan’s Nationalist Party eventually established what is now the Republic of China, on Taiwan. (Yes, Dr. Sun Yat-sen was the first elected President of China, but politics is complicated, and the Army stood in Dr. Sun’s way.)
The double dates most special to me are 6/6, the day that Penny and I were married (eighteen months, to the day, after we first met), and 7/7, the day that Aram was born. I’ve often speculated as to whether some other double date will be special in my life, but now I think that might be rather gluttonous on my part. I will always treasure the two days, in mid-year, which have defined my adulthood.
Now I look to the task of viewing every day as auspicious.