Monthly Archives: February 2018

History and Mystery – Sherlock Holmes

One of the most popular and enduring characters in any literature is Sherlock Holmes. The creation of British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle there were many flaws in the writing of his saga but they appeal to the most literate … Continue reading

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The Night Watch – Vigils

So my experiment, inspired by the daily routine of the medieval monks and fueled with research on the history of sleep, is supposed to take me to a routine that leaves me awake in the small hours. Rather than try … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Lantern Festival Mar 2nd

The Lantern Festival, celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month in the Chinese calendar. It marks the final day of the Chinese New Year celebrations. This year the Lantern Festival falls on March 2nd. As early as the Western Han Dynasty … Continue reading

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Spring Showers (Rain Water) yǔ shuǐ 雨水 Feb 19th

Rain Water or Yǔshuǐ, Usui, Usu, or Vũ thủy is the 2nd solar term. It begins when the Sun reaches the celestial longitude of 330° and ends when it reaches the longitude of 345°. In the western calendar, it usually begins around 18 February … Continue reading

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Alchemy – To Begin the Work

Every effort goes with mistakes as fire goes with smoke. Therefore one should not give up the work that corresponds with ones nature because it is full of defects. Bhagavad-gita 18:48 The Great Work  or Magnum Opus in Latin,  is an alchemical … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Our New Tree!!

I’ve wanted to post about our new tree and somehow never got to it. It came hoe with me after Thanksgiving. So did a rare and very nasty bought of sinusitis and bronchitis that laid me up for three weeks. … Continue reading

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Chinese New Year Feb 16

This year, according to the Chinese almanac is the Year of the Dog. This particular Year of the Dog is the year of the brown earth dog, brown being a color associated with earth. There are a lot of customs … Continue reading

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