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Simcha

Imbolc                                                                           New Life Moon “The noun simcha is mentioned in the Bible 94 times and is derived from the verb samach, which appears 154 times in the text. It is rooted in the Akkadian word shamahu meaning sprout or flourish.” Simcha, The Dayton Jewish Observer A thing of beauty is a joy forever. So says […]

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Positive News

Imbolc                                                                   New Life Moon Kate’s Sjogren’s flare has begun to subside. Her energy is better. She’s smiling more. I’m happy to see her improving. Now we get that shoulder replaced. March 22nd. In other positive medical news Dr. Bayliss called with Rigel’s blood work. Liver functions normal. It was the prednisone that knocked them out […]

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Shoulder, Trees, Writing

Winter                                                                         Imbolc Moon Hippity hop to the ortho shop. Kate’s got an appointment at Panorama Orthopedics today. Her right shoulder. She can no longer hold things up with her right arm and has to use two hands to put dishes away, sometimes to lift a cup. Annoying and painful. Screws up her sleep, too. She […]

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Sunday

Winter                                                                            Imbolc Moon Kate sewed most of the day yesterday. May not seem like a big deal, but it is. Her energy and her energy management skills are both improving and she’s enjoying life more. I’m so glad to see it. Rigel’s feeling better, too. Acts better. Less needy. Appetite more normal. The rabbit protein […]

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Challenges

Winter                                                                     Imbolc Moon No word yet on Rigel’s further tests, the ones focused on her GI tract. We do have her now on a diet exclusive of all proteins other than rabbit and those from milk products. She seems less needy, appears happier and to have gained a bit of weight, or, at least doesn’t […]

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Life is like an hourglass

Winter                                                                             Imbolc Moon This is a short piece from a book, 365 Tao: Daily Meditations. It’s day 350. It fits so well with kabbalah, as I’m finding Taoism often does. Life is like an hourglass Consciousness is the sand Imagine an hourglass. Its shape is like the symbol for infinity. Its form recalls the double […]

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Rice Cake Soup. And more.

Winter                                                                     Moon of the Long Nights Yesterday SeoAh taught me how to make rice cake soup. It’s delicious, a good breakfast soup. It has an unusual role in Korean culture. At the New Year, the spring festival, (same time as Chinese New Year), all Koreans eat, with their families, a bowl of rice cake soup. […]

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New York to Asia to Hanukkah

Samain                                                           New (Long Nights) Moon Hanukkah’s 7th night is tonight. That small cruse of oil, only enough for one day in the Second Temple’s menorah, continues to burn. Hanukkah always starts on the 25th of Kislev and ends on the 2nd day of Tevet. The lunar Jewish calendar means that the Gregorian calendar dates fluctuate […]

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Ofrendaless

Samain                                                               Bare Aspen Moon Spanish-Cilantro soup, served cold, is delicious. A good starter for a meal. Lots of allium: onion, garlic, leeks. Plus potato and, of course, cilantro. Recommended. Slept in until 8:30 yesterday. Kate and I have not found ourselves on the road at 10:30 pm very often of late. The moon was full […]

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Conifer Journal

Fall                                                                              Harvest Moon Kate and I go to see Jackie at Aspen Roots. After growing my wizard […]

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