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Caturday Thoughts: White Dew 白露 (bái lù ) Sep 07

Today begins the solar term White Dew, which marks transition from summer to autumn. In China the temperature drops sharply, and the autumn rains come. Here the temperature dropped a little last week but I think from looking at the … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Heading Toward the Night Side

While it thankfully came a little later, when it came this summer the heat came on strong, accompanied by humidity levels that made breathing a chore for some and a real problem for others. Combined with mask wearing, sweat which … Continue reading

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Autumn Commences lì qiū 立秋 7th Aug

On August 7th according to the Chinese calendar we will pass into the period called Autumn Commences. It will be a while yet before true autumn reigns either where I live or in most parts of China but we did … Continue reading

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Minor Heat xiǎo shǔ 小暑 Jul 6th

We were fortunate that this year the coolness lingeredas long as it did. In fact we had three late frosts, a gift of the Arctic.    Now however, we are making up. On  July 6th we entered the solar term … Continue reading

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The Dog Days Are Upon Us

Starting yesterday, on July 3rd we moved into the Dog Days of Summer, which will be with us until August 11th. These  days of muggy, hot, oppressive weather punctuated by thunderstorms or plagued by drought are considered the hottest days … Continue reading

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Minor Cold xiǎo hán 小寒 Jan 5th

The new year has begun. We enter into the period of Minor Cold on the 5th of January although for many serious cold has already come. As the period progresses, however, weather rapidly reaches its coldest. In view of this … Continue reading

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Winter Solstice dōng zhì 冬至 Dec 21st

Today is the winter solstice. Where I live in Virginia it comes at 11:19 PM EST. In the modern west the solstices are said to be the first day of winter and summer. Yet an older tradition marks the solstices … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts: The End of the Season

Caturday Thoughts on Sunday? Yes, it was a very busy week. Sunday morning a tiny , solitary kitten was found out in the open, crying loudly. Later searching discovered four more in a nest under a bush, being very quiet. … Continue reading

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Autumnal Equinox qiū fēn 秋分 Sep 23rd

The Autumn Equinox is the 16th solar term of the year, starting on the 23rd of September. It marks the second half of autumn in the Chinese calendar. It is the start of sunlight moving to the south and the … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – End of Heat chù shǔ 处暑 Aug 23

We are all happy at the coming of Chǔshǔ. Chǔshǔ,(處暑) or in Japanese: 処暑shosho; Korean: 처서;  cheoseo; Vietnamese: xử thử; (“limit of heat”) is the 14th solar terms. It begins when the Sun reaches the celestial longitude of 150° and ends when it reaches … Continue reading

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