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Haiku: Dear Hello Kitty…

“Happiness comes in all colors of the rainbow!” Hello Kitty

Haiku: Dear Hello Kitty...

Haiku: Dear Hello Kitty…

Hello Kitty 1st USA Convention

Hello Kitty 1st USA Convention

“Celebrate Hello Kitty’s 40th anniversary at the first ever Hello Kitty convention in the world!”

The ubiquitous, blank-faced and, as the world assumed, feline cartoon character Hello Kitty is not in fact a cat, announced The Los Angeles Times. It’s a little girl named Kitty White. Via The NYTimes

Dear Hello Kitty…
Happy Anniversary!
Why the new changes?

Happy Birthday Boo
My kids knew you as Kitty

My Kitty girlfriend…
Convention time is calling
Who will you come as?

What Joan Rivers might have said:
Hey, Hello Kitty!
WTF! Can we talk!? B#$%^&h!
What’s this BS news!?

Hello Kitty was always an important part of my household. When my girls were little, they saw the show and then a close friend traveled to Japan and bought them lots of Hello Kitty stuff. After that we were hooked.

“Learn to appreciate what you have before time makes you appreciate what you had.” Hello Kitty

Haiku: Dear Hello Kitty

Haiku: Dear Hello Kitty

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Hello Kitty VIP Contest

Hello Kitty VIP Contest

“Are you ready for our biggest giveaway yet? Over the next three weeks, you and a friend will have the chance to be VIP guests at Hello Kitty Con!” Enter the VIP contest to win

Hello Kitty is not a cat. You read that right. When Yano was preparing her written texts for the exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum, she says she described Hello Kitty as a cat. “I was corrected — very firmly,” she says. “That’s one correction Sanrio made for my script for the show. Hello Kitty is not a cat. She’s a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a friend. But she is not a cat. She’s never depicted on all fours. She walks and sits like a two-legged creature. She does have a pet cat of her own, however, and it’s called Charmmy Kitty.” Via The LA Times

You’re someone else now…
A new cast of characters
Mom, Dad, Twin sister!?

Is this a cast change?
Can we play your family?
My kids? Random friends?

Kids grew up with you…
You always were gijinka
Now, A girl? A cat?

What Joan Rivers might have said:
Schmuck!  Last time I looked…
You were a cat in a dress
You hoochy mama!

Frankly, there’s nothing wrong with being anthropomorphic… Mickey Mouse is too. Today, one of my kids is a double major in Asian studies and film, with a concentration in Japanese… Both are into film, anime, manga and more. There was an influence there. So to change up on us was odd, to put it mildly. We do love the character and this is a celebration with a twist assignment and a touch of humor…. with love!

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September: 12 Important Events To Remember…

“By all these lovely tokens September days are here, With summer’s best of weather And autumn’s best of cheer.” Helen Hunt Jackson

September: 12 Important Events To Remember...

September: 12 Important Events To Remember…

Even though some things that come to mind in September include; Labor Day, Autumn, start of the NFL and college football season, 9/11, and the return to academic pursuits, there  are many other things that take place/have taken place during this month. Do you know that the name – September – comes from the Latin word for Seven and used to be the 7th month of a 10 month year in the oldest Roman Calender? Below are twelve important events to remember. What do they share?

Labor Day -  This cherished holiday is celebrated on September 1st in the USA, and honors the American labor movement, the social and economic achievements  and the many contributions to society made by workers everywhere. We celebrate it to honor all who lost their lives in horrific, nightmare jobs that ignored human safety and decency; sweatshops, unsupervised factories, windowless/airless basement sewing shops. It became an official national holiday in 1887 and is celebrated with parades, picnics and BBQ gatherings. Labor Day is often associated with another key event; International Workers’ Day  which also celebrates the contributions workers have made to the growth and well-being of their country.

Back to School -  Typically, September is the month students in countries around the world return to school. After a long summer season of surf and sun, kids, young adults, adults and teachers return to the grind of daily school or college demands.  Shopping for books/supplies is a huge part of this tradition, and the marketing efforts to attract families to buy all sorts of related products has grown.

Autumn – The first day of September welcomes the start of Autumn/Fall in the Northern hemisphere and Spring in the Southern hemisphere…  It signals a change of seasons and, in my part of the world, we begin to prepare for the cooler temperatures by unpacking our fall and winter gear.  Autumn heralds a beautiful change in foliage colors as lush green is transformed to warm gold, brilliant red, burnt orange, and endless shades of brown.

“We awoke one morning in September, and the world lurched on its axis.” Jeb Bush

September: 12 Important Events To Remember...

September: 12 Important Events To Remember…

Middle East Peace Accord –  In September 1993, President Clinton championed the signing of the Middle East Peace Accord  and witnessed the handshake between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat on the White House lawn. It was a historic moment, a ‘day of awe’, that many hoped would bring peace to a fractious region.  May efforts at true peace prevail around the world…

9/11 Attacks –  On Tuesday, September 11, 2001,  we witnessed a series of horrific events that remain seared in our collective minds.  The US came under terrorist attacks;  The Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, Flight 175, Flight 93, and Flight 77 were attacked and led to catastrophic loss of life. We all remember where we were that dreadful day and we pray that it would never happen again. Every September, we honor the spirit and the families and friends of all the people who lost their lives on that day.

National Preparedness Month –  Since 9/11, the United States has designated September as National Preparedness Month (NPM). During this month, Americans are encouraged to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools, and communities. In times of natural disasters, acts of terror, and other emergencies, it is important to have a plan and know your community plan. Purchase a survival kit, find out what resources are offered in your area and plan ahead. If you need more information on how and what to do, visit FEMA.  NPM is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) within the Department of Homeland Security.

“We know that in September, we will wander through the warm winds of summer’s wreckage. We will welcome summer’s ghost.” Henry Rollins

September: 12 Important Events To Remember...

September: 12 Important Events To Remember…

International Literacy Day - September 8 is the date UNESCO  chose to encourage literacy globally. This year, the theme for International Literacy Day is “Literacy and Sustainable Development”. Literacy empowers people to make smart decisions on economic growth, social development and environmental integration. It helps communities to stop wasting natural resources and promote sustainable development. Literacy is not just formal education but also lifelong learning.  According to a special message from Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, “Today, 781 million adults worldwide cannot read, write or count. Two thirds of them are women. More than 250 million children are unable to read a single sentence, even though half of them have spent four years in school. What kind of societies do we expect to build with an illiterate youth? This is not the kind of world we wish to live In.” Support Literacy in your communities. Give back!

National Hispanic Heritage Month – One of the joys of living in the USA is our exposure to people from diverse cultures and backgrounds. National Hispanic Heritage Month begins  on Sept 15 and ends Oct 15. It celebrates the “histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.”  America is not a homogeneous society; it is made up of people from other cultures, with diverse political leanings, and personal orientations.  We celebrate them all and even detractors find themselves in the minority when this subject arises.

National Grandparents’ Day -   Has been celebrated  since 1978 and  is observed on the 1st Sunday after Labor Day. This year it falls on Sept 7, 2014 and gives families a chance to connect with their elderly relatives and enjoy the connections and wisdom that comes from maintaining those ties.  I’m thrilled that more countries are adding a date to  officially recognize this important date. Do you celebrate it?

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