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December 31, 2012


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Happy New Year!
While you have, no doubt, had your first dream, first glance in the mirror & I'll bet your first smile was a gift from Adonis; I'm still waiting for the new year to arrive. I've opted to stay home for here as well, there is a howling (literally, 40 mph) wind outside & it's below freezing…

Happy New Year MW!!!!

Yeah, I did have my first dream (terrible nightmare), first glance in the mirror (I looked tired) and yes-- the first smile was around 4am when I caught sight of Adonis' sleeping face... Try and stay warm in all the wind and snow...

Hi Peony:

What a lovely piece on o-shogatsu!

I wish our "New Year" celebrations had more contemplation and less "woo hoo!"

Still, wishing you and yours the best for the next 12 months . . .

Happy, Happy New Year to you too, Laura!!!!! Wishing you and your family every delicious and silk road spicy blessing for 2013!!! xoxo


The Daikon White Radish
were tiny slips of green leaf
when I planted them in early September.

Each plant has now become a green fountain
with plumes of jagged leaves.
I pulled one for harvest.
Beautiful daikon radish root!!!
white like the moon,
smooth like mochi rice.
Astonishing First Sight

& this favorite from Philip Larkin~~~

Lambs that learn to walk in snow
When their bleating clouds the air
Meet a vast unwelcome, know
Nothing but a sunless glare.
Newly stumbling to and fro
All they find, outside the fold,
Is a wretched width of cold.

As they wait beside the ewe,
Her fleeces wetly caked, there lies
Hidden round them, waiting too,
Earth's immeasurable surprise.
They could not grasp it if they knew,
What so soon will wake and grow
Utterly unlike the snow.


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