S3 E19 — Thought Flickers, Cosmic Swirling and Exacted Costs

The huge circle, looking faded as if erased, caught my eye as we pulled out of our neighborhood in Emma the Baroness’ yellow pollen-dusted silver Acura heading south.  By the time we returned north on the 5 freeway the full moon’s intensity glared like a street lamp in the blackened sky. 

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “Analysis can only bring you to a point of decision; it cannot decide for you. There’s a point in every situation in which logic will take a back seat to more insistent contenders such as emotion or the master driver of them all, action.  Taurus

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 19 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 28th day of March in the spring of 2021 — which is a three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic year and then in the pandemic year, and now months after.

Previously from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E18My Teacher is Sending You to Detention!; S3 E17Guess What? You’re on a Treadmill Just Now Picking Up Speed; S3 E16Quid Pro Quo the Awesome Kind

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E19What’s Percolating in Our Collective Unconscious?; S2 E18What is the Truth and How Can You Tell?; S2 E17Shutting Mountain Resorts Down, Closing Boutiques, Kicking Tourists Out; S2 E16Scroll to the Bottom for Foresight and Quality-of-Life, Right Leo?

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E19Day 19 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E18Day 18 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E17Day 17 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E16Day 16 of My 1-Year Experiment


So, it’s only fitting that I’d resonate with today’s Holiday Tau Theme:

The full moon in the sign of the scales reminds us that all things hang in a balance with other things, and every move we make affects the rest of the picture. Our gestures and conversations are creating relationships. Our life’s daily efforts and arrangements represent the level of artistry we care to apply. Honor the Libra moon by applying a lot!

But you know what that means, right?  There’s a cost to be exacted.

OMG I’ve been converted.  

Feeling settled and warm and slightly inspired in that amateur artist kind of way, I’ve lost my reason and submitted to whatever it is I look forward to.  

Most people like Emma the Baroness and I can tell you what their sign is in that ‘70s greetings kind of way.  Other people like President Ronald Regan’s wife Nancy, the First Lady, consulted his Tau each day to assess which activities he should accept or to Just Say No.  

Me, I began this as a lark out of that ‘70s greetings kind of way noting mine and Emma the Baroness’ if for some reason it caught my eye for the few seconds it takes to read three lines.  

And that was that.  Until.  And, that’s a big until.  

Until that fateful day on February 24 in 2019.

Now I’m all in.  

For next week I needs me some cosmic swirling, more morphing, some thought flickers, a smidge of alchemy, but most importantly a lot more dream and a heavy dose of imagination.

Holiday Forecast for the Week Ahead: 

According to Plato, the four elements of air, water, earth and fire are all derived from the same source, the prima materia or first matter, which blossomed from the heart of chaos.

Which came first? Did chaos create prima materia or did chaos merely form around prima materia in the manner of an oyster making a pearl out of sand? Whatever the origin, the prima materia holds the alchemical properties of the ages and is the power source of the legendary “Stone of the Philosophers.” Any elements touched to the philosophers’ stone turn to gold. All who ingest the stone’s dust are healed, indeed, immortalized… recalls how one thing can morph into another, all because of something as small and bright as the flicker of a thought across the screen of the mind.

Nothing embodies the catalytic properties of the Philosophers’ Stone like a dream. Indeed, it could be argued that imagination is the prima materia, the essence intrinsically linked to chaos, that galvanizes the cosmic swirl into something solid, beautiful and golden.


How can there not be more Holiday Tau for Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me? Oh well, maybe that’s the price we have to pay. But, we might be able to make up loss by stealing from your birthday and those other Steves

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

I’m interpreting your birthday’s message as meaning one day you’ll emerge from this year long pandemic without any lingering agoraphobia. 

Today’s Holiday Birthday:  

A tone can be lovely on its own, but it is only a melody when you line it up with other notes, and only harmonious in relation to other tones. This year, you sing out alone, and then become part of a greater symphony. Meeting people takes effort and is always a risk. Your courage in this regard pays off many times over.

Look, there can’t be any rhyme or reason or tone or rhythm for denying that the Holiday Tau for two musical icons and a talk show host pays off many times over.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “Analysis can only bring you to a point of decision; it cannot decide for you. There’s a point in every situation in which logic will take a back seat to more insistent contenders such as emotion or the master driver of them all, action.  Taurus

This is so true, especially for Emma the Baroness and me, except we’ve grasped it and bottled it for sale. Haha.

“4”  Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “The subtle and wonderful aspects of a relationship can be felt but not kept. The rush of experience is as ungraspable as the waterfall — possible to touch but impossible to hold.” Gemini

OMG.  Hey Harvey, is this why I got converted?  At least for today?

“4”  Steve Harvey, 62: “The good thing about the sort of vague and contradictory input you’ll receive today is that it frees you to make your own assertions. Being both creative and willing to grapple with contradictions, you’ll excel.”  Capricorn

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines jumps from  7650 to 7742 this week organically grown followers




    • “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History” by Kurt Andersen Both of us, Emma the Baroness and I, have been processing the acquittal of our ex-President — not really being surprised by the “Big Lie” promoting followers in the Senate, but more disappointed after seeing new video documentation of the insurrection and detailed evidence time lines.  I return to Kurt Andersen’s book “Fantasyland” to help me through the process of filtering the unfolding events.

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate


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