Category Archives: Joys of Life

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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Autumn Harvest – Soup on the Menu

Along with the ubiquitous pumpkin, fall brings butternut and acorn squash, sweet potatoes and yams, onions, carrots and other root vegetables. You can certainly enjoy them as side vegetables but as the temperatures drop I start thinking about bringing out … Continue reading

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Movies for October – A Touch of Gothic

Gothic fiction is well known for emphasis on mood and setting. This made it a natural for translation into film. Gothic fiction is in fact largely known by the subgenre of Gothic horror. Its origin is attributed to English author Horace Walpole, with … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Black Cats and Human Ignorance

Every year the warnings go out. Black cats should be kept indoors at Halloween. Many rescue groups avoid adopting out black cats in the weeks leading up to the day. It is one thing for people of the Middle Ages … Continue reading

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Modern Halloween – Good or Bad?

When I was a  kid trick out treat was popular. I mostly liked it for  the costumes because I was picky about candy. Back then most costumes were homemade and only accessories like princess crowns were purchased and making the … Continue reading

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Friday Files – Getting it sorted.

What a week! Chrome and WordPress have both been getting more and more troublesome. I am still using the old electrical taped cord which still works like a charm. Then, trying to get a head start on post writing,unday I … Continue reading

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