Tag: winter

Dec 17

Winter Solstice – 2016

On Wednesday December 21st, 2016 at 5:44 AM EST the Winter Solstice will arrive. The Winter Solstice is known as the “shortest day of the year”. Actually this means that this day will have the shortest number of daylight hours – and each day forward the minutes of daylight will continue to grow until the …

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Dec 11

Cranberries

Cranberries are a colorful fruit that grow in bogs. One of the indigenous fruit producing plants of North America. Massachusetts is the cranberry capital of the U.S. and the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Association promotes that agribusiness through this website with a great recipe section! Follow this link to learn of the many health benefits …

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Mar 13

Who was Copernicus?

My frustration with the time change has been perennially documented in the pages of this blog, also see here. Changing the time on the face of a clock biennially doesn’t change the number of daylight hours in a 24 hour period. Today, in the U.S. we return to the task of changing the time on …

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Feb 22

Spring Festival 2016

Spring Festival in China is the most important holiday of the year. Many Chinese return home from distant countries as part of their traditional filial duty to pay respect to elder family members. As I prepared for this trip to China there was a small snag in the plan. Good friend, Lana offered to come …

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Jan 30

About the Chinese Spring Festival

The annual Spring Festival, is called the Chinese New Year by most Westerners, and is based upon the lunar calendar arriving usually in early February. 2016 will usher in the year of the Red Monkey. Domestic travel is challenging during this holiday—- many Chinese will return to their home town for a visit with family. …

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Jan 04

Cycle training

As the cold weather finally arrived after the new year, I decided to buy an inexpensive “trainer”. My initial idea was to hook up my old bike to the indoor trainer and leave my new bike road ready in the event the weather warmed up in the coming weeks. It is recommended that you install …

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Dec 29

Year-end clean-up!

While cooking some festive meals this week, I managed to clear out a lot of old clutter from both of my desks. Over time, a desk can become a catch-all for everything from reading material to monthly bills or receipts from daily transactions. Eventually, a big cleaning project must be put into effect.   As …

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Dec 12

Year-End Wrap-Up 2015.

We have an unknown yet finite number of years and each passing month, each changing season and each fading year is one less that we will experience and enjoy again…another closer to the last. * 2015 -whew! This year flew by faster than any I can remember….perhaps in reality, as I get older I just …

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Oct 31

TIME CHANGE IN THE U.S.

I’ve posted about it before. To me it is a big nuisance and makes for a few confusing days of scheduling before I fully adjust. It really doesn’t effect most of my students, but I always post an advisory in case I miscalculate the time of someone’s lesson. Tonight we change our clocks back one …

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Feb 16

Oh, Atlanta!

It has been more than 35 years since I last visited Atlanta, Georgia and on a recent trip to meet with one of my business contacts, I was stunned at the change in the city skyline. Atlanta is a city with a rich history reaching back to the mid-19th Century and has now grown from …

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