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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 7th

We have been fortunate that this year we have so far avoided the excessive heat of the last couple of years. The coolness continued until the farmers bagan to comment. On  July 7th we entered the solar term of Minor … 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 22nd

In the modern west the solstices are said to be the first day of winter and summer. Yet an older tradition marks the solstices as the middle of the season. Especially in northern Europe the summer solstice is still celebrated … Continue reading

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White Dew 白露 (bái lù )

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 – End of Heat 处暑 Makes Happy Cats

The Chinese calendar entered the period referred to by the solar term of End of Heat on the 23rd. Depending on location things may or may not cool off at this point. How much they will cool at all is … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Sails and Anchors

Putting ten pounds in a five pound bag was an expression my father used. Lately it seems as though that is what I have been trying to do, although it is far from my intention to over book my time. … Continue reading

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