May all of you have a very happy, healthy, and especially prosperous New Year!
This is--or soon will be, if you follow the traditional oriental calendar--the Year of the Dog. Specifically, this will be the year of the Earth Dog, when the Dog is said to be influenced by the element of earth. I'm not a believer in astrology, whether Eastern or Western, but the association of the Dog with courage, and with loyalty, is a good match for my hopes for the coming year.
The times in which we currently find ourselves require courage and valor, and persistent--but clear-headed and objective--loyalty to our beliefs and principles are needed now more than ever.
I hope that both your and my relatives, friends, and loved ones find prosperity and happiness in 2018. May it be filled with good fortune and excitement every day.
OTIS Miscellany VIII: Massachusetts Edition, Part I
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