Category Archives: Joys of Life

Autumn Commences lì qiū 立秋 Aug 8

The traditional East Asian calendars divide a year into 24 solar terms (節氣). Lìqiū (Chinese and Japanese: 立秋; Korean: 입추(S)/립추(N); Vietnamese: Lập thu; literally: “start of autumn”) is the 13th solar term. It begins when the Sun reaches the celestial … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – The Dog Days

The Dog Days of Summer describes the most oppressive period of summer, between July 3rd and August 11th each year, at least according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac. They were historically the period following the heliacal rising of the star … Continue reading

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Grain in Ear máng zhǒng 芒种 Jun 06

On June 6th the solar term of Grain in Ear began. China is divided by climate into a wheat growing north and a rice growing south. At this time in the north the wheat becomes ripe and in the south … Continue reading

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June Calendar

June 4th Eid-al-Fitr Eid-al-Fitr (Arabic: عيد الفطر‎) is a day of feasting and is celebrated on the first of Shawwal (10th month of the lunar Islamic calendar).  This Eid is a reward to the Muslims who spent the month of … Continue reading

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History and Mystery: A Catalogue of Crime

I have loved mysteries as long as I can remember. I have loved history just about as long. Therefore mysteries set in various places and time periods are a double pleasure. enjoyment. So when I worked in a used bookstore … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts: Small Full (Grain) xiǎo mǎn 小满 May 21

Next Tuesday we will enter the solar term of Small Full Grain, also called Grain Buds. It is the 8th solar term of the year and ends on June 6. It means that the seeds from the grain are becoming … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts: Grain Rain gǔ yǔ 谷雨 Apr 20th

The traditional East Asian calendars divide a year into 24 solar terms. Gǔyǔ, Kokuu, Gogu, or Cốc vũ is the 6th solar term. It begins when the Sun reaches the celestial longitude of 30° and ends when it reaches the … Continue reading

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