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Newsletter: 2022 May

“Enjoy the fragrance of thy prime; For oh, it is not always May!”” – Henry W Longfellow, American poet, educator, 1807-82 On the evening of the 2nd, we will start with the festival of Fast breaking (the end of Ramadan and the beginning of the 10th Islamic month) for Muslims, Eid Al Fitr. “Eid Mubarak” is…
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Newsletter: 2022 April

“The cause of my irritation is not in this person but in me.” – Anthony de Mello, Indian Jesuit priest, writer, 1931-87 This April, three different groups celebrate the beginning of spring or their New Year. Starting with the Hindi New Year (the beginning of Chaitra Navratri on the 2nd), Thai (Songkran festival on the…
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Newsletter: 2022 March

“One way or another, we are all biased, but still we have the modern cortical capacity to choose whether or not to let the harmful biases dictate our behavior..” – Abhijit Naskar, Neuroscientist and author, 1991 – Readers of our past newsletters may remember that our Romanian friends celebrate the festival of Mărțișor, the spring festival…
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Newsletter: 2022 February

“Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.” – Terri Guillemets, American quotation anthologist, 1973 – 新春大吉, 万事如意 “May the new spring brings you an abundance of luck, and may ten thousand things be according to your wishes.” Approximately 1.4B people worldwide celebrate the Lunar New Year…
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Newsletter: 2022 January

“The colour of springtime is in the flowers; the colour of winter is in the imagination.” – Terri Guillemets, American quotation anthologist, 1973 – Tribute to its namesake, Janus, the Roman god of beginnings and transition, we shall start the new year with a fresh chapter even though, for many African Americans, it is the…
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Newsletter: 2021 December

“To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake, it is necessary to stand out in the cold.” – Aristotle, Greek philosopher and polymath, 384-322 BCE It is the final month of the year again! To begin, our Jewish friends will light the 4th candle on the Hanukkiah as they continue to celebrate Hannukkah, the 8-day festival of lights (Nov 28th…
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