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Cold Dew hán lù 寒露 Oct 8th

Today, on October 8th we enter the period of Cold Dew (hán lù 寒露) the 17th solar terms of the year. The night temperatures become cold enough to condense the moisture in the air to dew, but not cold enough … 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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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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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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Friday Files – The Case of the Disappearing Lawn Men Part II

Last Thursaday just when I was getting ready to run out for the 2 x 4,  the neighbor shows up with a tale of woe about trimming back the pumpkin vines that had come over the fence and winding up … Continue reading

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Minor Heat 小暑 Xiǎoshǔ Jul 7

On July 7th we entered the solar term of Xiǎoshǔ, or Shōsho in Japanese,  Soseo in Korean, and or Tiểu thử  in Vietnamese. It is the 11th solar term of the year, beginning when the Sun is exactly at the celestial longitude of 105°. In the … Continue reading

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Autumn Light

“Now Autumn’s fire burns slowly along the woods and day by day the dead leaves fall and melt.” — William Allingham The autumn light is different. It is not just the romanticism of poets that it takes on a golden hue. … Continue reading

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