Mother’s Day Tea

It is a priceless gift to experience a connection with another when the author’s words mirror private reflections. This is especially so when the composition is elegantly worded. I gift these words to those who visit my blog. May you know peace this day.


Last Thursday, my son woke up early and called to me in his still-morning voice, Daddy, this morning at eight forty-five is Mother’s Day Tea!

It is unusual for him to be excited about something like a Mother’s Day Tea. Special events tend to bring out what shyness he has, and he is not nearly so keen as his older brother on wearing a collared shirt and tie. But sure enough, he had even picked out a special sweater to wear and laid it on his bed.

My wife has been to a lot of these Mother’s Day Tea events over the years as our children have attended the same preschool in turn. Our youngest son is now five and starts kindergarten next year. This year’s Mother’s Day Tea was the last.

Later that same afternoon, I sat with my son on his bed while he showed me some of…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: escape

Coming, all is clear, no doubt about it

Going, all is clear, without a doubt

What, then, is it all? ~ Hosshin*


A new post specifically created for this WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge:  escape


Japanese Death Poems

Yoel Hoffmann

weekly photo challenge: pattern

In a discussion with Carol Jung,

one of the members of the Lamaist convent of Bhutia Busty, Lingdam Gomchen,

noted, “no one mandala is the same as an another”:

all are different because each is a projected image of the psychic condition of its author…

the mandala is a synthesis of a traditional structure plus free interpretation.*


A new post specifically created for this WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: patterns

*A Dictionary of Symbols

J.E. Cirlot

Trans: Jack Sage

weekly photo challenge: from above

what do the waves bring?

mixed in with little shells.

bits of clover blossoms ~ Basho*

from above

In a new post specifically created for this WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge, share a picture which means FROM ABOVE to you!  

Changing perspective often allows us to see things freshly, offering insight into what was dismissed before as already known.  In photography, for example, we can facilitate freshness in seeing either (a) adopting a new eye level or (b) changing the visual angle through the use of lenses with various focal lengths.


*Matsuo Bsho, The Narrow Road to Oku

Trans: Donald Keene

**Tao of Photography

Philippe L Gross & SI Shapiro

by oneself

The truth is never taken 

From another

One carries it always

By oneself.


                                          ~Tetto Giko*

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The word katsu cannot really be translated conceptually.  It is a sharp cry used by the Zen teacher and pupil at the moment of enlightenment.  The cry appears in many Chinese and Japanese Zen writings and can be heard even today within monastery walls. *

* source:

Japanese Death Poems

Yoel Hoffman