Category Archives: Health

Major Snow dà xuě 大雪 Dec 6th

On December 6th 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, … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving

I’ll bet you thought you would see pictures of pumpkin pie and a turkey here. Sorry. This is about a different thanksgiving. The dubious narrative that forms the backdrop to the traditional version of our upcoming holiday aside, formalizing a … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Adopt a Senior Pet Month

When I did a lot of tutoring of younger students I was always on the lookout for entertaining reading for them. One main criterion was that I also would find them enjoyable. Thus I found the Mr. Putter and Tabby … Continue reading

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Frost Descends 霜降 shuāng jiàng Oct 24th

Today we pass into the period called Frost Descends. In north China the weather becomes cold and frost begins to form. This also happens in northern Europe, Canada and the northern United States. Frost Descends is the 18th solar term. … Continue reading

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Things That Go Bump in the Night Part 1

From ghoulies and ghosties And long-leggedy beasties And things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us! Traditional Scottish Prayer “Nay, every lone tenement, castle, or mansion-house, which could boast of any antiquity had its bogle, its specter, … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Cats vs Halloween Decorations

I love Halloween. But I have a house full of running, jumping, wrestling and sometimes squabbling cats. This makes decorating problematic. Last year a really cute ceramic pumpkin man got knocked off the mantelpiece and smashed on the brick below. … Continue reading

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Apples – Baked, Sauced, Thrown into Dinner and Taken Straight

Apple season starts as early as September and winds up in October, at least here in Virginia. I dutifully went to the orchard at the first part of September but because of another year of excessive heat and humidity the … Continue reading

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