Monday, January 26, 2009

Xin Nian Kaui Le!

It is now the Year of the Ox. Above, a mixed media illustration by my cousin James Hayes, from Ireland. I think it's good we have moved to the ox for 2009 -- an ox is strong and capable of carrying a heavy load upon its back. We are going to need him in this economic climate! To see more of the work of James or his wife Lorraine, go to

"In the Chinese zodiac, 2009 marks the Year of the Ox. Oxen are known for their patience and determination. They embody high ideals of loyalty and their work ethic is unmatched. These traits might make them seem strong-minded and stubborn, but there are none more dependable." The sign of the ox is evidently Barack Obama's own Chinese zodiac sign.

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