I knew we were in for a visual fest when we received an invitation to join our friend Masa to visit a garden at the Daitoku-ji that is only open to the public for a short time in the spring and autumn. It's been a glorious few weeks. A streak of fine weather prolonged sakura … Continue reading The Cat and the Mouse
Buying flowers is a Saturday morning ritual for me. I have been over the holiday look for several weeks now, looking forward to refreshing my vases and angling towards spring. When it's over, it's so over.
I awakened in Japan this morning to learn of the terrorist outrage in lower Manhattan. It's not the news any of us want to see wherever we are. We live in times that can easily be called disheartening. I have felt the encroaching darkness for several months for reasons that don't require illumination. Anyone with … Continue reading In Search of Beauty
Before I moved to CA where the sun shines most of the time (Neil Diamond circa 1971) and the ground is green for a brief few months a year, I generally thought of rain as a spoiler. I grew up with the children's refrain "rain rain go away," and never found a lot to appreciate … Continue reading rain dance
Being here produces an almost constant high for me. It's allowed me to appreciate the drizzly days and foggy nights happening recently in Kyoto as being as beautiful and welcome as the sunny bright days. It's admiring the magnificence of a huge polished wood counter when out for dinner at a neighborhood restaurant and the … Continue reading Blissed out