Thursday, June 12, 2008
After the rainstorm last night.
It's R.'s birthday [post below].
I've known R. since we both worked at the art college a dozen or more years ago.
R. is another Classic Gemini (though one I've never had conflict with!).
Her signature wedding gift, for instance, exemplifies Gemini's stylish "both/and" qualities.
She gives marrying couples two things:
1) a copy of Zen Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh's book True Love: A Practice for Awakening the Heart , which offers calm teachings on lovingkindness, starting with the observation:
"Training is necessary in order to love properly; and to be able to give happiness and joy, you must practice deep looking directed toward the person you love. ...Understanding is the essence of love."
2) and she balances Mr. Rational with an accompanying gift certificate to the Smitten Kitten, a woman-owned "progressive adult sex toys and equipment retailer." (You can order online too.)
R. says this combo elicits the most interesting thank-you cards.