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Winter Commences lì dōng 立冬 Nov 08

Today we passed into the period called Winter Commences. It will run until November 22nd. This is true in northern China, but winter comes later in the south and thankfully here as well. The pentads are ‘Water begins to freeze’ … Continue reading

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Autumn Harvest – Soup on the Menu

Along with the ubiquitous pumpkin, fall brings butternut and acorn squash, sweet potatoes and yams, onions, carrots and other root vegetables. You can certainly enjoy them as side vegetables but as the temperatures drop I start thinking about bringing out … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Major Cold dà hán 大寒 Jan 20

Major cold or dàhán in Chinese, daikan in Japanese, 대한 (daehan) in Korean and đại hàn in Vietnamese is the 24th solar term. During Major Cold as the cold currents from the north move southward, the weather becomes continuously cold. Although modern meteorological observation … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts: Another Winter, Another Year Almost Gone

This past week my “baby” Cloud had his first “senior” exam. His sister Skye goes on Monday. This came as a sharp reminder of time’s passage. Another year is winding down and we have another winter to get through. I … Continue reading

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Minor Snow (節氣). Xiǎoxuě 22 Nov

The solar term of  Xiǎoxuě (Chinese), Shōsetsu 小雪(Japanese), soseol  소설 (Korean), Vietnamese Tiểu tuyếliterally means “minor snow” and  is the 20th solar term. It begins when the Sun reaches the celestial longitude of 240° and ends at the longitude of 255°. In the western … Continue reading

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Winter Commences lì dōng 立冬 Nov 7th

Yesterday we passed into the period known as Winter Commences, 立冬 (lì dōng). It will run until November 21st. Colder weather does start in northern China, but winter comes later in the south and thankfully here as well. The pentads for this … Continue reading

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Samhain

After a month of ghost stories, harvest foods, spooky movies and other topics building the mood for Halloween I am ready for my own celebration. Some day I’ll have the time and materials to build and ofrenda, but not this … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Never Where You Want It

For the first time since I hired the cleaning service I was able to be out of the kitchen so the cleaner could start there. I also had the living room picked up before she arrived. I was pleased and … Continue reading

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Winter Commences lì dōng 立冬 Nov 7th

November 7th we passed into the period called Winter Commences. It will run until November 22nd. This is true in northern China, but winter comes later in the south and thankfully here as well. The pentads are ‘Water begins to freeze’ 水始冰, … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Falling Dark is No Problem for Cats

Mi Sun is a top notch personal assistant. At exactly six thirty every morning she positions herself three inches from my face and meows the morning wake up call. Much gentler than the abrasive sound of a mechanical alarm it … Continue reading

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