Category Archives: Health

Minor Cold xiǎo hán 小寒 Jan 5th

The new year has begun. We entered into the period of Minor Cold on the 5th of January although for many serious cold has already come. Xiǎohán, or Shōkan in Japanese, Sohan in Korean, or Tiểu hàn in Vietnamese is … Continue reading

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Planning a New Year

We all make them, even if only in jest. There are lists of them in newspapers and on the internet, the most popular, the most often not kept. New Year’s Resolutions. Year after year the lists remains basically the same, … Continue reading

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Friday Files – Changes for the New Year

This past year has been a trial in many ways. I plan for next year to be different. In those famous last words, “There are going to be some changes around here!” and they are starting this year. Since I … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Shots, Diets and Other Feline Concerns

Thursday Hansel had his booster shot and is all done. Dr Reeder likes to stagger shots to help ward off possible side effects. His neuter has had little effect on his behavior but if he gets a regular session with … Continue reading

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Major Snow dà xuě 大雪 Dec 07

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

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Caturday Thoughts – Frost Descends shuāng jiàng 霜降 Oct 23

Frost Descends, Shuāngjiàng, or Sōkō in Japanese, Sanggang in Korean, or Sương giáng in Vietnamese begins when the Sun reaches the celestial longitude of 210° and ends when it reaches the longitude of 225°. In the Gregorian calendar, it usually begins around October 23 and … Continue reading

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Chongyang Festival Oct 17

The 9th day of the 9th lunar month is the traditional Chongyang Festival, or Double Ninth Festival. It usually falls in October in the Gregorian calendar. In an ancient and mysterious book Yi Jing, or The Book of Changes, number … Continue reading

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