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Richard Nixon and Reading Cards

It’s the 21 of February, and I have two things to report.

1. It was on this date in 1972 that Richard Nixon (the 38th President of the United States of America) visited the People’s Republic of China.

This was significant for a number of reasons, not the least of which was that it was the first time in history that a United States president had visited China. Regardless of what one thinks of Nixon now, it must be recognized that, before the weeklong visit, during which he met with Chairman Mao himself, China was considered a foe. Afterward, however, if not a friend, China was at least considered an ally against the Soviet Union. This was a momentous occasion, and is still thought to be a turning point in the Cold War. In fact, at the time, it was called “the visit that changed the world.” Read more about this historic visit in the National Security Archive.

2. On a lighter note, February 21st is also Card Reading Day.

The meaning of this unusual day is unclear, but I can make a few assumptions, and I’m sure you can, too. I am guessing that it probably started as a day related to the reading of Tarot cards, although I can find no evidence of that on almighty Google. Or perhaps the greeting card industry secretly started it as a marketing campaign, although I find no evidence of that, either.

What I do know is that it’s fun and sometimes enlightening to use Tarot cards from time to time.  Here’s one easy way to do that: My Daily Tarot. It’s also fun, especially now, in the time of electronic communication, to receive an actual card in the mail.

So, today I plan to send at least a couple of cards. I know, I know. The people receiving them won’t get to read them on Card Reading Day, but I’ll bet they’ll appreciate them just the same.

How will you honor Card Reading Day? Get out old cards you’ve saved because they were special to you at the time? Get a Tarot Card reading? Or maybe you’ll just play some Solitaire and call it good enough.

Regardless of what you do, have fun!

Poetry and the Olympics: Olga, Gabby, Little and Grown Up Me

I am writing this post with tears in my eyes, having just watched an amazing special on Olga Korbut.  Wow, what a difference she made on the sport of Gymnastics, in the hearts of those who watched her, and, as they pointed out, in the Soviet – U.S. relations.  The story about her moment with Richard Nixon alone is priceless!  I am thinking about our current darling, Gabby Douglas, and how the two of them are so much alike, with their enthusiastic spirits!

And now, for today’s poem, is one I wrote about me – another then and now story, of sorts..

Wanting for Myself and Others 

I grew up wanting to be somebody
Else.  Like many little girls, I
Put on skits,
Sang with records, was
Sensitive and dramatic.

I ended up on stage
For money, for love,
For friends, for myself.
Although who was that?
Who was I?

I knew whose voices I admired
So I used theirs, or some
Facsimile therof.
I performed so well
I became unwell.

Now the long road
To recovery discovery
Continues and I
Listen for my voice,
Hoping for

Others to
Use it to
Find their
Own True