Category Archives: Life’s Conundrums

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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Summer Solstice xià zhì 夏至 Jun 21st

This year the summer solstice falls on the 21st of June. This event is celebrated in many places. Not surprisigly in Sweden and Finland it is a big holiday with lots of public festivities. It is a holiday tied to … Continue reading

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Summer Commences lì xià 立夏 May 6th

The beginning of summer (in southern China). In the Chinese calendar the seasons are marked by descriptive solar terms. July 22nd we passed into the perioud called Great or Greater Heat. Although the actual weather does not always match the … Continue reading

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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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