Happy Beautiful Chinese New Year of “any ruminant horned animal”

Dear Friends,
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It’s the year of the sheep/goat – peaceful, calming, and abundant.  The character of the Sheep/Goat, 羊, forms portion of the character 美, meaning “beautiful” (big sheep). I think of the ancient Chinese must be obsessed with the fluffy look of the sheep and adapted the horn as the most characteristic feature of this word. The character of the sheep 羊 is also imbedded within the word 善, meaning “goodness” (sheep and mouth). Together, the sense of the abundance and the goodwill informs the aesthetics of beauty in Chinese culture. 
May the plentiful beauty and the goodness with us throughout the year,
 
Warmest Regards, 
Yuan-Chen
February 18th, 2015
Chicago, USA
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