Category Archives: Life’s Conundrums

Clear and Bright qīng míng 清明 Apr 5th

On the fifth we will pass into the period of of Clear and Bright, the seventh of the solar terms. It is clear and bright (when it’s not raining), and the weather becomes noticeably warmer. A misnomer, particularly in southern … Continue reading

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The Ides of March

The Ides of March is a day on the Roman calendar that corresponds to 15 March. It was marked by several religious observances. The Romans did not number days of a month from the first to the last day. Instead, they … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Spring Ahead? Only Humans Loose Sleep Over This

Spring ahead, fall behind. Daylight Saving Time is about to disorient me and the cats again. Don’t forget to reset your clock. If you attend Sunday services of any kind you could wind up sneaking in late. The cats, not … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Sun Out!

To my amazement the sun was out today and it actually went up to 55F/13C. I didn’t want to leave the windows open while I was at the store and the temperature was not going to go up until afternoon … Continue reading

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Friday Files: A March Calendar

Indoors or out, no one relaxes In March, that month of wind and taxes, The wind will presently disappear, The taxes last us all the year. ~Ogden Nash (1902–1971), “Thar She Blows”  [Tax Day used to be on March 15th … Continue reading

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Rain Water yǔ shuǐ 雨水 Feb 19th

On February 19th we moved into the period called Rain Water or Spring Rains. According to the Chinese agricultural calendar there is an increase of rainfall from then on. We have had as much if not more rain than snow … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts: The Big Kitten Swap (2nd try)

I don’t know how this post got eaten. I wanted to do a part two and came back to an empty post that published with only a title. Yet I could see a number of revisions. So lets start over. … Continue reading

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