Tag Archives: Snow

SNOW

Yes, snow. Stark and simple word for the white wilderness that circumscribes our lives here in the Northeast US. I can’t find adequate words to do justice to it. Maybe photos can convey some of our winter: Our patio at the beginning of December … Continue reading

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A Cherry Hung with Snow…

Simply trust, Simply trust! Cherry blossoms in bloom                 Japanese haiku poet Kobayashi Issa It’s Japanese practice (as I understand it) to display each seasonal decoration, like this cherry blossom bonsai, a little in … Continue reading

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Same Song, Second Verse —

When I was very young, my friends and I sang a nonsense song to the tune of Cielito Lindo. It began this way: Ai Yi Yi Yi In China they don’t eat chili Here comes another verse That’s worse than … Continue reading

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Public Service Post: Cool It!

Here’s a public service post for everybody on the East Coast of the US, who began their sweltering-in-earnest today and will live in heat and humidity through at least Friday — The temperature in Haydenville, just down the road, reached … Continue reading

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Hallowe’en: A Nightmare

Where have I been lately? Why hasn’t there been a new post here since October 28th? That’s simple. We’ve been living our own Hallowe’en nightmare. The snow began last Saturday afternoon, while we were happily watching Mozart’s Don Giovanni in … Continue reading

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From Ireland… and Stockbridge…

It’s been a long while — to be exact, since Christmas — since we heard from Berna, our Irish correspondent over in County Kildare. Here she is, walking again at Clongowes, in what’s becoming spring in Ireland, while we in … Continue reading

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Shoveling Snow with Buddha

Sick of shoveling shoveling shoveling snow? Here’s a real treat, and heaven knows those of us in the Northeast US deserve one.  Sit down, rest your weary bones a while, close your eyes and just listen. Like just-sitting, shikan-taza. Just sit, … Continue reading

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