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    Happy almost New Year

    Not only is this the last Sunday of 2002, this was also the day of my Bat Mitzvah many years ago. Herman tells me this was his mother’s birthday as well. She was born in 1911, so she would have been 91 if she was still living.

    I have a thing about calendars. See, Herman’s always wanting to turn the calendar over the night before so he can start planning. Which I am vehemently dead against. It just seems to me to bring bad luck. In fact, as of October of this year, I have purchased several new calendars for the house, which I will NOT put up until it is next year.

    So here’s the thing. My kitchen calendar, which has all the appointments written on it, is in my living room chest in the envelope in which I purchased it. Every time I have an appointment, I either ask Terry, my aide, or Herman to write the appointment down and put the calendar back in the envelope in the chest.

    It’s a thing I have about not jump starting the future. It’s okay to jot appointments down, but it’s absolutely not okay to have the future staring you in the face. It needs to be kept under wraps until its rightful time.

    I know it’s a superstitious thing and probably ridiculous, but I believe in it 100%. Now, for my kitchen calendar, I usually get a French Impressionist theme calendar. But this year, I made a departure from my usual (which is so uncharacteristic) and got a "Coffee and Tea Calendar" by artist Joyce Shelton. I just had Herman retrieve it from the chest for a brief moment and read in her bio that she is strongly influenced by impressionist art. Well! Now we know why I was drawn to it.

    I have a 2002 cat calendar, which I wanted to also get for 2003. I looked on the back of the calendar. It’s called the Love of Cats Calendar and the artist is Sueellen Ross. On the back of the calendar was a website, www.lang.com

    When I went to the website, I saw that it was all calendars. So I started my search. I found it right away. After which I kept looking, but could not find any French Impressionist calendars at that site. Though they had so many calendars to choose from, I found myself nonetheless intrigued. I had a vision when I bought this calendar that somehow my MS would be helped by this calendar. (Herman gave me a look of massive confusion when I told him this.) I’ll let you know if it works.

    My last calendar I purchased was at Amazon.com. It is a page-a-day cat calendar, which sits on my desk. It is also in the trunk until next year.

    There is one calendar I won’t have to purchase. It’s my wooden perpetual calendar with a cat design on it. On the first of each month, I have Herman or my aide go through the ritual of rearranging the days of the month along with the holiday symbols and birthdays.

    So I’ll talk to you again next year. (Knock wood. I just happen to have my wooden perpetual calendar handy…)

    "Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"