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Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.
~ Oscar Wilde~

March 21 - April 19 Aries
I don’t know any Aries folks who would not be aware that Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band rocked the Super Bowl last weekend. Which apparently reflected quite well in this week’s Billboard charts for Springsteen’s newest album, Working On A Dream. That’s all fine, and it’s a great record. But the way the economy looks, it’s drawn me back to Bruce’s first solo album (from 1982), Nebraska. Said to be recorded at home on a four-track cassette recorder and then the cassette carried around for months in a flannel shirt pocket, the spare, arid feel of these songs fits where we’re at right now to a T. From the title song about Charles Starkweather’s murder spree to the brother-betrayal of Highway Patrolman to the childhood memories in Used Cars to the lost, sad, washed up town depicted in Atlantic City, and all the others, each song shines darkly like onyx. And the final message is: at the end of every hard earned day, people find some reason to believe. Amen.

April 20 - May 20 Taurus
Trouble in River City is a way cool blog by Mr. Kopper of St. Louis, Missouri, highly recommended to Taureans and their brethren. In which Mr. K rants and raves about personal stuff, as well as stuff he finds interesting, exciting, fun, stupid, or lame. Kopper is the genius behind A former terrestrial DJ, he now hosts a great podcast called Savage Kick. The man himself puts it best: I’m just a guy that loves wild and primitive rock’n'roll, podcasting, weird stuff, outside culture, my ‘65 Plymouth Barracuda, B-movies, pizza, barbecue, beer, booze, Cardinals baseball, Blues hockey, my family and my home town.

May 21 - June 20 Gemini
My Gemini friends, were you aware that February is National Hot Breakfast Month? I thought not. Didja know that breakfast cereal was invented by colonial housewives, who created the first cereal made from popcorn with sugar and cream? That the word cereal is from the pre-Roman goddess of the harvest, Ceres? Didja know that people who eat breakfast usually perform better in tasks at work and at school? Didja know that those who eat breakfast are less likely to overeat throughout the day? And hey, are you one of those who need to curtail gluten? Here are some ideas for gluten-free hot breakfasts. Speaking of gluten free, though not breakfast, check out Whole Bakers, makers of delicious gluten free/kosher certified baked goods. Word on the street has it that their cookies are TDF. Order them here.

June 21 - July 22 Cancer
I don’t think I know any female moonchildren that wouldn’t secretly like to strap on a guitar or pick up some drumsticks and rock out in their fantasy worlds, at least. Well, welcome to the Land of Dreams Come True; Bust Magazine clued me in to Ladies Rock Camp, a glorious offshoot of Rock ‘N’ Roll Camp for Girls. Yes, you can now unleash your inner rockin’ banshee from April 24 to 26, May 29 to 31, or October 23-25, for the unbelievably great tuition rate of a mere $375. All levels of skill are welcome; all instruments are available. Read about a former camper’s experience here. Sign up soon; only 55 applicants can attend each session, which takes place in Northeast Portland, Oregon.

July 23 - August 22 Leo
Our Leo of the Week is Andy Samberg, stand up comedian, musician, SNL cast member, lead honcho of the comedy group The Lonely Island, and, according to Time Out New York, child of destiny. Samberg and his longtime partners in crime Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone will release their debut album, Incredibad, this coming Tuesday February 10th. Yes, you can now own both Dick in a Box and Jizz in my Pants, as well as Lazy Sunday (The Chronicles of Narnia Rap), plus a bunch of never before released material. High school dick jokes aside, these three guys are credited with having reinvented SNL and making it cool again with their digital comedy short films. There’s much to explore here. Plus, Samberg looks like a guy I would have had a crush on in Hebrew school.

August 23 - September 22 Virgo
These trying times seem just made for Virgos, the worriers of the Zodiac. It’s for this reason that I want you to immediately read Karen Salmonsohn’s timely HuffPo piece, The Map Out Of Doomsville. Salmonsohn sagely advises that, if you’re one of the millions losing their jobs these days, try using this experience as a jumping off place to new opportunity. Be honest with yourself! Did your ex-job pay your bills, yet empty your soul? Instead of earning a living - were you merely earning an earning? If so, this treacherous economy might have served you up a wonderful chance to head towards doing what you love and making even more money. OK? Breathing always helps, too, to quote my fabulous yoga teacher.

September 23 - October 22 Libra
O Libra, holder of the scales of justice and injustice, be thou aware that we’re losing one of the great independent bookstores of all time. On March 29, due to the cruel winds that blow during this economic crisis, The Oscar Wilde Bookshop, the world’s oldest Lesbian and Gay Bookshop, will close its doors after 41 years of serving the community. Shop online here or go visit them in their final days; bargains abound – rare books are 25% off, gift items up to 50% off. If you live in the nabe and are a lady of the lesbian persuasion, consider joining their Lesbian Bookclub. Next meeting is February 25th at 7pm to discuss Erica Fischer’s novel Aimee & Jaguar: A Love Story, Berlin 1943.

October 23 - November 21 Scorpio
Indulge the passionate, intuitive, independent-film loving side that Scorpio is known for with the Stranger than Fiction series, an eclectic mix of documentaries on Tuesday nights at the IFC Center in Manhattan. Now in its fourth year, STF has featured esteemed guests like Barbara Kopple, Michael Moore, Laurie Anderson, D.A. Pennebaker, Jonathan Demme, Ira Glass, and others. I know how my Scorpio friends love to discover sneak previews and lost classics and this is just the place. Screenings are followed by a discussion with the filmmakers and post-show gatherings nearby at 99 Below (99 MacDougal Street), hosted by Thom Powers. Buy a season pass for $95 (the season ends March 17) and be assured you’ll always have a seat, even when a screening is sold out. This coming Tuesday, February 10th: Lucia Small and Ed Pincus present The Axe in the Attic about their road trip from New England to Louisiana. The film opens six months after Katrina hit New Orleans. We first see the eerie beauty and horror of the shattered landscape, draped in heavy fog and emptied of its residents. The story of an American Diaspora unfolds – the displaced struggling with loss of home, family, and culture. Emotions range from deep pain to surprising humor, as filmmakers and subjects tackle questions of race, class, and our government’s failure to protect its own. Tickets here.

November 22 - December 21 Sagittarius
Pull back that arrow, Sagittarian archers, and let it fly. I’m talking about making yourself a magic list and marveling as it manifests. What in the sam hill is a magic list? It’s a list you write down of what you want – kind of like a menu of your favorite foods you’re ordering from, but this is a person, or a job, or a dream. I know, I know. You’re not a new agey freak and all that. OK, Fine. But read Martha Beck’s piece Go Tell Alice on, and give it a try. You might just be pleasantly surprised. Says BeckMaybe list-making simply focuses our attention on what was always available. Did I mention I have no idea how this works? But if you let go of everything mutable or temporary and express your yearning from the pure core that remains, I suspect you’ll find that same magic. Beck’s article is a response to Alice Gorman’s The Love List - a real life magic story.

December 22 - January 19 Capricorn
Hey Capricorn – you shrewd, practical, hardworking goat you. I’ve got a brilliant idea for you; how about adopting a rescue pet for Valentine’s Day? No matter what, you’ll have a valentine who will love you unconditionally and completely. Cat, dog, lizard, whatever tickles your fancy. The recent economic tsumami has resulted in, among other things, a surplus of animals without homes. Open your wallet and your heart and see how much you get in return from a rescue pet. A plethora of adoption possibilities listed here. Not able to adopt for some reason? Consider giving some of your time and love to animals as a volunteer. This article lists dozens of ideas on how to do that.

January 20 - February 18 Aquarius
Water carrier, you have to deal every day with the dichotomy of life; be honest or be detached – be inventive or be contrary. While you struggle with these choices, Aquarians, how about checking out the Top Five Reasons to Take Your Own Shopping Bags to the Store, courtesy of PETA. News flash: the environment needs help. Bring a canvas bag with you and stop the spread of plastic bags, which are not biodegradable. Some stores now even offer a discount when you bring your own bag. Need to recycle the plastic bag collection you still have under the sink? You can find a list of stores that accept them for recycling here. The word for 2009 is GREEN.

February 19 - March 20 Pisces
I started this week’s scoop with Bruce Springsteen and I’ll end it with him too. Break out that Piscean compassion and check out Bruce’s recent PSA for The Danny Fund about the dangers of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Original E Street Band Member Danny Federici died last year of this disease. After seeing the outpouring of support following Danny’s death, Bruce, the E Street Band, Danny’s family, and his doctor Dr. Paul Chapman decided Danny’s vision could make an even greater impact. Together with Debra and Leon Black, founders of the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA), they created The Danny Fund to bring melanoma to the forefront of public awareness and to fund research with top melanoma doctors from around the world. One person in the U.S.A. dies every hour from this disease. Learn more here.

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