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oxThis is the year of the OX. President Obama, born in the year of the Ox, has called upon all Americans to be steadfast and strong, hard working, to dig deep to find our resolve, tenacity, will to sustain ourselves in these extraordinarily challenging times. We are being called upon to be oxen.

Here in the Northeast, many homeowners who were thinking of putting the house on the market are now “upside down” so are staying put; homebuyers who wanted to upgrade are now needing to wait to see if they still have jobs; first-timers are worried that their credit scores are not high enough, their FICO reports aren’t squeaky clean enough. Everyone wants to know if the mortgage rates will fall lower, if housing prices will continue to decline.

The Question of the Year is: when will we hit bottom?

Many forecast that the Boston market, one of the first to plunge, is now on the upswing. So the bottom may finally be here.

It’s the Year Of The Ox. Are you ready for it?

You need honest, practical advice about the current market value of YOUR home. If you’re hoping to get started with your new home search, or if you’re thinking about renovating or staging your home to sell, you need a professional who’s in the trenches every day.

These are extraordinary times. Make sure you have an extraordinary Realtor on your team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five facts about the Year of the Ox

By GREG MORAGO Copyright 2009 Houston Chronicle

The Lunar New Year, which begins today, ushers in the Year of the Ox. Those born under the Ox sign are dependable, calm, modest and stable. But the ox (or buffalo, cow or bull) takes on added significance in a year of global financial hardship, explains Nine-Min Cheng, community outreach director of Houston’s Chinese Community Center. “We need the Year of the Ox. We want a bull market,” says Cheng.

 

1. Bullish on Obama

President Obama, who has pledged to begin rehabilitating the economy, was born in an ox year. Those born in this year achieve through hard work and routine.

2. True blues

The ox, according to Chinese astrology, is the best friend you could choose. So are ox celebrities Meryl Streep, George Clooney, Dustin Hoffman, Jane Fonda and Warren Beatty good to their friends? Other ox celebrities include Meg Ryan, Bruce Springsteen, Bill Cosby, Robert Redford and Jim Carrey.

3. Know thy Ox

Ox lucky numbers, according to an online horoscope, are 1, 3, 5, 12, 15, 33, 35, 51 and 53. Ox careers include composer, landlord, doctor, cook, police officer, teacher, judge, banker, insurance broker and gardener.

4. Money talks

At Chinese New Year, elders give young people red envelopes filled with money. “In the western world, people exchange gifts,” Cheng says. “We exchange cash.”

5. Party like it’s 2009

The Chinese Community Center has its Lunar New Year Festival Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the center, 9800 Town Park. Cheng urges Chinese families to wear a traditional festival costume of bright colors. “The new year means a new dress,” she says. The festival is free and features dances and Asian food. Although, one assumes, no ox.

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This pre-Inaugural and Inaugural long weekend, the Obamas have shown us all just what the phrase “actions speak louder than words”  truly means.  Over the last few days, after a long train ride from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., an all-day concert Sunday, dinners last night, today, in honor of Martin Luther King, Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are making their way through community centers and schools in Washington, D.C. for Community Service Day.  President-Elect Obama and Michelle Obama have been painting walls and handing out supplies with other “regular” people.  Right now they are at Coolidge Senior High School, going table to table, meeting and shaking hands with each and every young boy and girl, chatting at every table, hugging kids and talking to the real people of DC.  Clad in a pair jeans and a white shirt with the sleeves rolled up (Michelle in jeans and a sweater) he tells the nation, “We’ve all got to pitch in.”  

All you have to do is see the faces of young black boys and girls, older black men and women, who are meeting the PRESIDENT, THEIR president – who looks like them and sounds like them – for the very first time in history, is profound and emotional.  

The time is NOW!  The time is HERE!   Get out there and VOLUNTEER, make a change, make a difference.  Do it now.  What we each do does matter.

Here are some historic, inspirational words from some of our greatest visionaries:

Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn’t matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land. And I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”
April 3, 1968 — the day before his assassination
 “I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.
This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.
This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with a new meaning, “My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.”
And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!
Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California!
But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!
Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”
Martin Luther King, August 28, 1963, the March on Washington

 

“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”
Mahatma Ghandi

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