Today would have been a milestone birthday for my dear mother, who passed away from alzheimer's eight years ago. I miss her every day, and still celebrate holidays with her, even though now she is doing that in spirit. One of the ways Feng Shui says to spend time with the dearly departed is to leave a lamp or a candle in a glass dome burning on the actual burial spot or grave. This light illuminates the way for the spirit to see beyond the veil and to appreciate the wishes and love sent to them by the living. Every year around April 15, graves in China are repaired and tended to. Once done, a picnic is held close to the site with a place set for the loved one who has passed. This custom of setting a place for one of our own who has crossed over is also enacted on the anniversary of the death. The tradition that we will be employing today also comes out of the Orient. In Eastern tradition it is considered customary to draw a picture of a gift or present, put it in a red envelope, and burn it so it can be carried in smoke to the deceased in the next world. The only question now is what should we draw for her this year? I think a beautiful heart will just about say it all! Happy Birthday Mom, I miss you!