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Clear and Bright qīng míng 清明 Apr 5th

On the fifth we will pass into the period of of Clear and Bright, the seventh of the solar terms. It is clear and bright (when it’s not raining), and the weather becomes noticeably warmer. A misnomer, particularly in southern … Continue reading

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St. Patrick’s Day

Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick , is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland. Saint Patrick’s Day was … Continue reading

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October Means Pumpkins

Ubiquitous as you wander the roads and paths of October country are pumpkins. October means pumpkins. All pumpkins are actually a winter squash belonging to the genus Curcurbita. Curcurbita pepo is one of the oldest, if not the oldest domesticated species. In … Continue reading

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Clear and Bright qīng míng 清明 Apr 4th

On the fourth we passed into the period of Clear and Bright. It is clear and bright (when it’s not raining), and the weather becomes noticeably warmer. A misnomer, particularly in southern China, but perhaps more accurate for where I … Continue reading

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Legacies of Yule

Just a few short days to the shortest day of all, the winter solstice. the beginning of Yule. During this darkest part of the year, the supernatural was known to manifest itself.   Long before Charles Dickens’s tale of Scrooge … Continue reading

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A Valentine to Myself

Contrary to what many think, the impetus for Valentine’s Day was not a card company. It is more likely the creation of Geoffrey Chaucer, the medieval poet. He connects a tradition of romantic love with the celebration of the church … Continue reading

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