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Greater Heat dà shǔ 大暑 Jul 23rd

In the Chinese calendar the seasons are marked by descriptive solar terms. July 22nd we passed into the period called Great or Greater Heat. Although the actual weather does not always match the decription of the term, even in China, … Continue reading

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I Love My Cats

We have been in a nasty heat wave. Really nasty. I have a clowder of senior cats. While I can run around the house in a T shirt or nothing at all, they can’t just slip out of their fur. … Continue reading

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History and Mystery – Marshal Guarnaccia (Florence)

Among other things I would like to travel this summer. Instead I am doing construction. So why not travel further than my depleted budget would allow and longer than I could leave my wonderful cats via books?   I  decided I … Continue reading

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Beltane

One practice I love is the creation of May baskets. The old custom was to secretly leave the baskets of flowers and treats on someone’s porch or doorstep early in the morning. My introduction to May baskets came when I … Continue reading

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The Russian Sherlock Holmes

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson (Russian: Приключения Шерлока Холмса и доктора Ватсона) is a series of Soviet television films portraying Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictional English detective, starting in 1979. They were directed by Igor Maslennikov. In 2006, Vasily Livanov became an Honorary MBE (Member of the … Continue reading

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Feng Shui Origins 風水

So many misconceptions arise from poor translations. With feng shui the misconceptions go way past the translation of the Chinese characters. Qi   齊     Feng Shui 風水    Sheng qi  盛奇  Shen  沉   Shen 神 Guo Pu was the well educated … Continue reading

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Sorry About That

Apologies for those drafts of possible future posts showing up. Not been a good week and some things got overlooked. My Dad is sick (he’s 91) and my carpenter and I found even more leak damage and truly inept repairs … Continue reading

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