Today begins the 15-day celebration of the Chinese New Year. According to the Chinese zodiac, we are saying goodbye to the year of the snake (get outta here, snake!) and welcoming the year of the horse. More specifically: each year is also assigned an interaction with one of the Chinese elementals that make up the universe, so this year is the year of the Wooden Horse, which may not have the undertones of Grecian subterfuge in China that it has here.
Those born in the year of each of the 12 animals are said to share personality traits with the animal in the year of which they are born. [...]
Even though it seems unlikely that you are unaware, what with the way the Internet works now, this Sunday is Mother's Day, so you might want to get moving on that if you had forgotten about it. Also, please enjoy this, from last year.
I am generally anti-holiday. I think it does us more harm than good to assign ourselves special days to do things or commemorate things at exactly the same time as everyone else is supposed to be doing them or commemorating them. I know the counter argument is like, "celebrating holidays is part of what binds us together as a society" or whatever. (Or, even better, "Shut up, Dave. And lighten up. And how about just think of someone besides yourself for once in your life and buy a goddamn gift.") But I don't like the way that holidays prescribe is a certain time to be doing certain things. [...]