28 september 2016

IF nest 2

How do you know that you are ready 
to leave the nest?
When a special friend shows up
to lift and support you
keeping his distance
but you know he is there  
Such friend is the most precious gift

26 september 2016

20 september 2016

15 september 2016

IF orange

A Chinese legend:

In the ancient past, there was a hero named Hou Yi who was an excellent archer. His wife was Chang'e. One year, the ten suns rose in the sky together, causing great disaster to people. Yi shot down nine of the suns and left only one to provide light. A god admired Yi and sent him the elixir of immortality. Yi did not want to leave Chang'e and be immortal without her, so he let Chang'e keep the elixir. But Peng Meng, one of his apprentices, knew this secret. So, on the 15th day of the 8th month in the lunar calendar, when Yi went hunting, Peng Meng broke into Yi's house and forced Chang'e to give the elixir to him. Chang'e refused to do so. Instead, she swallowed it and flew into the sky. Since she loved very much her husband and hoped to live nearby, she chose the moon for her residence. When Yi came back and learned what had happened, he felt so sad that he displayed the fruits and cakes Chang'e liked in the yard and gave sacrifices to his wife. People soon learned about these activities, and since they also were sympathetic to Chang'e they participated in these sacrifices with Yi.

This is now the Chinese Mid Autumn festival on september 15.

9 september 2016



On a wagon bound for market
there's a calf with a mournful eye
High above him there's a swallow
winging swiftly through the sky (song)