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Ikebana – a brief overview of Japanese flower arrangements

At various library sales, I found two wonderful little books, dating back to the mid-1950’s, explaining the art of Japanese flower arrangements. Both were written to demystify Japan to foreigners; one was issued by the “Japan Travel Bureau, Tokyo” as … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – Ode to trees

This afternoon, after measuring a backyard, I noticed this deliciously old, gnarly tree down the street, silhouetted against the clear, blue sky. It has been there for much longer than I’ve been around. It has witnessed generations walk by, good … Continue reading

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Costmary – humble guardian of the feminine principle

I have a gathering of herbs in my garden that I use for cooking. Nothing out of the ordinary, but enough to pull off a decent meal here and there. Earlier this year, I came across a completely new (to me) herb … Continue reading

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