Category Archives: Health

Major Snow dà xuě 大雪 Dec 7th

On December 7th we move into the solar term of 大雪Dàxuě (Chinese), Taisetsu (Japanese) 대설 Daeseol Korean and Đại tuyết (Vietnamese). It is literally translated as major snow and is the 21st solar term. It snows heavily for the first time in the year, in northern … Continue reading

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Minor Snow (節氣). Xiǎoxuě 22 Nov

The solar term of  Xiǎoxuě (Chinese), Shōsetsu 小雪(Japanese), soseol  소설 (Korean), Vietnamese Tiểu tuyếliterally means “minor snow” and  is the 20th solar term. It begins when the Sun reaches the celestial longitude of 240° and ends at the longitude of 255°. In the western … Continue reading

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Frost Descends 霜降 shuāng jiàng Oct 23rd

Frost’s Descent is the 18th term and the last solar term of autumn, during which time the weather becomes much colder than before and ice crystals form as frost begins to appear.  In the lower reaches of the Yellow River … Continue reading

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Cold Dew hán lù 寒露 8 Oct (do next)

On October 8th we pass into the 17th solar term Cold Dew (節氣). It is Hánlù  in Chinese, Kanro in japanese, Hallo (한로) in Korean and in Vietnamese  Hàn lộ. It begins when the Sun reaches the celestial longitude of 195° and ends at the longitude … Continue reading

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And Pumpkins Are Delicious

Beyond all the other traditions about pumpkins, the most important thing about them is that they are edible. They are also highly nutritious, being low in calories, fat, and sodium and high in fiber. That brilliant orange color comes from … Continue reading

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Apple Season

An entire year will often go by without my eating an apple. I am forever spoiled by the apples of my youth. They were irregular in shape and strong in flavor. The orchards were local and the apples were not … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – This Saturday Meet Cloud

Hello, my name is Cloud. My human mother calls me Cloudy Boy a lot. She doesn’t have a lot of nicknames for me like the other cats, unless “You’re so soft!!!” is a nickname. You never know with humans. Milk … Continue reading

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