For those of you who follow the Chinese horoscope you may know that this is the year of the RAM, which won’t happen again until 2027. I did a little research on you Arians and found that a ram is among the animals that people like most. People born in the year of the Ram are tender, polite, clever and kind-hearted. They have special sensitivity to art and beauty and special fondness for quiet living. They are wise, gentle and compassionate and can cope with business cautiously. In their daily life, they try to be economical. They are willing to take good care of others, but they should avoid pessimism and hesitation.
Strengths: gentle, soft-hearted, considerate, attractive, hardworking, persistent, thrifty
Weaknesses: indecisive, timid, vain, pessimistic, moody, weak-willed
Celebrities born in the year of the Ram include: Michelangelo (WOW), Mark Twain, Rudolph Valentino
Barbara Walters, Benicio del Toro and Bruce Willis. (Note #1 below)
When I attended the University of Rhode Island (URI), we were known as the Rhody Rams, a name we’ve had since 1923. I always wondered why we were called Rams and recently found out. The Ram is a tribute to the University’s former name: “Rhode Island College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts.” There is a marble statue of a ram as you enter the Memorial Union. Our mascot was and still is Rhody Ram and as a cheerleader for 4 years I wore that symbol proudly on my uniform.
When my Aunt Cammie passed away she willed a painting very loved by her called “The Pagan Altar” to my sister Sara. The then head of the Art Department, Prof. A.V. Rosati, painted it. My sister had always been in love with the painting because her husband Gary was that sign of the Ram. It is, I think, a spectacular painting which sparkles in blue, green and gold when the sun shines in upon it and I look at it every day and think of her.
So now in closing I have a little quiz for you. When I was living in China and teaching there at the Jingshan School, I bought an embroidered wall hanging of all of the animals of the horoscope strung together which hangs in my kitchen. I want to know who of you can identify the RAM. Look closely and leave me a comment here on the blog. I’ll write you and let you know if you WIN!
Have a wonderful Year of the Ram, all of you Arians!
And thank you to THASC artist Billy R. Harper for his wonderful painting which reminds me of so many lovely times and places in my life.
I’ll see you on Thursday.