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Grain in Ear máng zhǒng 芒种 Jun 6th

On June 6th the solar term of Grain in Ear began. China is divided by climate into a wheat growing north and a rice growing south. At this time in the north the wheat becomes ripe and in the south … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – This Saturday Meet Mi Sun

The thesis is coming along but the rain means I am spending a lot of time keeping the yard from looking like a tropical jungle. So once again I am letting one of the cats guest post. I have been … Continue reading

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Insects Awaken jīng zhé 惊蛰 Mar 5th

Thunder begins and hibernating insects wake up. So goes the entry for the solar term of Insects Awaken. This term began March 5th. At first it seemed like things were indeed warming up. Then Mother Nature did an about face, … Continue reading

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Start of Spring lì chūn 立春 Feb 3rd

On February 3rd we entered the period li chun which marks the start of spring. This is a dubiously premature name, as it’s not the beginning of spring in most of China; only in the extreme south. However, while there … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts Cats Don’t Suffer from SADness

A depressed mood is common among people in northern latitudes in the winter. It was first described as early as the 6th century by Goth historian Jordanes. In his Getica,  he describes it in reference to the people of Scandza, … Continue reading

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Minor Snow xiǎo xuě 小雪 Nov 22nd

On November 22nd we passed into the perioud of Minor Snow (xiǎo xuě 小雪). I do not know if we will get even minor snow this year. Just a couple of weeks ago when I drove out to the farm for … Continue reading

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Cold Dew hán lù 寒露 Oct 8th

This Saturday, on October 8th we enter the period of Cold Dew (hán lù 寒露) the 17th solar term 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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