Monthly Archives: March 2017

Just One Warm Day

Just one warm day is all the cherry blossoms are asking to spread their petals. It is spring. The sun has moved into the northern hemisphere. Is one warm day too much to ask for? But maybe we have it … Continue reading

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Of Skunk Cabbage and Coffee Beans

When we left Seattle twelve years ago, we thought we would be deprived of some creature comforts living so far from the city. Pleasantly, that has not turned out to be the case. If anything, it seems that it is … Continue reading

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Spring Steps Closer

The snow geese are still here, making the fields as white as the snow covered mountains. It’s only a matter of weeks before they take off for the far north. As they finish their winter sojourn here, are they dreaming … Continue reading

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What Is That Light in Yonder Sky?

Pray tell, what is that light in yonder sky? What is that blue up above? After an eternity of dark clouds, snow, rain, mist, slashing winds and gales, the sun rises again. It was a shock to step outside and … Continue reading

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Before … After

Before she lays her egg, Kumo-hime 雲姫 is quiet, patient, alert, meditative. Perhaps she is practicing her grand performances in her head. After she lays her egg, she is Julia Andrews auditioning for “The Sound of Music”, Beyonce practicing for … Continue reading

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Spring Suspended

Spring suspended, camellia blossoms that won’t open, peony buds with fingers clasped tightly shut, fat hydrangea buds turning purple from waiting so long to open, spring is suspended until the sun returns. The forecast says we’ll have a peek at … Continue reading

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Last Year … This Year

Last year on March 9, the cherry blossoms were in full bloom, their soft, powdery fragrance filling the warm spring air. This year on March 9, the buds are still tightly closed, waiting for any warmth to arrive. As I … Continue reading

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