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It’s always fun to celebrate the season with a poem.  Here’s a nice one about summer by Robert Louis Stevenson with a recording… MP3 Recording of Summer Sun Summer Sun By Robert Louis Stevenson Great is the sun, and wide he goes Through empty heaven with repose; ...
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Sadao Mazuka sent us this article about the rainy season of June in Japan… June is a rainy season here in Japan.  The English word “June” gives us a feeling of bright and refreshing air, especially with a word such as, “June-Bride”.  But in Japanese, it’s “6月(Rokugatsu = June)”.  It makes us think of a rather...
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Monique wrote from France, "I just caught the end of the Spanish news on T.V.  The lady presenting the weather forecast said a proverb about April: ‘Buenos amigos y buenos abriles, uno entre miles.’  Meaning, ‘Good friends and good Aprils, one out of thousands.’" Thanks for sharing the proverb and your photo Monique! -Mama Lisa Monique Palomares works...
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This seasonal recipe for Takikomi Gohan (mixed rice) was sent by Ayako Egawa in Japan.  Takikomi Gohan is made with rice and seasonal ingredients and is made to celebrate the changing season. Here’s Ayako’s note on the dish, along with her recipe… "Lisa is very curious about our food in Japan. So I’d like to...
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I saw this pretty autumn tree craft at our local library’s children’s room.  Here’s how you make it… Supplies:  Medicine Dropper, Glossy Photo Paper, Watercolor Paint, Straw, Brown Construction Paper (for tree trunk). Drip watercolor paint onto the top half of the paper using the medicine dropper.  Use autumnal colors like yellow, orange, green and red.  Take...
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My friend Maria Hayda shared this wonderful picture of a wooly caterpillar that she took, along with some fascinating weather lore: "Judging by this wooly caterpillar’s markings, it will not be a mild winter.  According to my Ukrainian Grandma, very black ends that travel inwards and not just on the tips of these caterpillars signal a...
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Etegami is a Japanese style of drawing with a written message on it. Etegami artist Debbie created the drawing here which contains the Japanese phrase "otenki uranai".  That basically means "a trick for prophesying the weather."  Here’s what Debbie wrote about the weather trick: "When I was little, the neighborhood kids and I followed an ancient,...
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If it’s snowing near you, put a container outside to collect some clean snow to make ice cream! Once you’ve gotten enough snow, add vanilla and either sweetened condensed milk or a little milk with sugar.  Stir and adjust to taste.  Eat right away! Results of My Snow Ice Cream Experiment: In the photo...
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This is the best cranberry bread I’ve ever had!  My family loves it too.  It just happens to be gluten-free. If you’re on a gluten-free diet, please read the labels of your ingredients to make sure they’re all gluten-free. Recipe for Gluten-free Cranberry Bread Ingredients 1 cup White Rice Flour 1 cup Oat Flour...
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Fatima wrote yesterday from Iran, "It’s Yalda night ceremony (the longest night of the year).  Iranian people eat nuts, walnuts, pomegranate, and watermelon for Yalda." Yaldā is an ancient Persian Winter Solstice celebration. People used to stay up for most of the night to ward off misfortune.  Nowadays, families mainly gather together for a nice meal. ...
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It’s fascinating to learn about old superstitions.  Here are some that were practiced in England during the month of May… My favorite is bathing your face in the morning dew in the grass on May 1st to make you more beautiful.  The text is from a book called “The Illustrated London Magazine” from 1855… “The month...
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Today, April 25th, is Saint Mark’s Day.  The end of April and the beginning of May is thought to be colder than the time around it.  Due to 4 Saints Days that take place at this time, including St. Mark’s, this period is called The Four Horsemen of the Cold in France… the four horsemen...
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Emanuela wrote to me from Italy about how they eat chestnuts there in the fall.  She’s a teacher and they cook them at the school.  Here’s what she wrote: Hi Lisa, We eat chestnuts in November for autumn.  Grandfathers and their friends come to cook the chestnuts. (1st they need to have an x cut into...
The last three days of March are said to be "borrowed from April." March said to April.  I see 3 sheep upon a hill; And if you’ll lend me three days I’ll find a way to make them die. ...
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Here’s the poem called Spring by Dante Gabriel Rossetti with an MP3 recording. MP3 Recording of Spring by Rossetti Spring Soft-littered is the new-year’s lambing fold, And in the hollowed haystack at its side The shepherd lies o’ night now, wakeful-eyed ...
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Here’s the poem Early Spring by Fay Inchfawn with an mp3 recording… MP3 Recording of Early Spring Early Spring Quick through the gates of Fairyland The South Wind forced his way. ‘Twas his to make the Earth forget Her grief of yesterday. "’Tis mine," cried he, "to bring her joy!"...
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Jeremy Shatan wrote from New York: "It’s the vernal equinox, the first day of spring. Around this time of the year, my mom would always say: ‘Spring has sprung, the grass is riz, the boid is on the wing.’ Yes, just like that." This saying is all in "New Yorkese", a New York accent.  It...
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Here’s a Chinese poem about early winter by Meng Haoran 孟浩然, a Chinese poet who lived from 689 or 691 to 740.  First you’ll find the simplified Chinese text, followed by an English translation.  Then you can listen to a recording of the poem in Mandarin and follow along with the Pinyin (pronunciation).   After that...
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Here’s a pretty little poem called January’s Garden by A.E.A., with a recording by me. MP3 Recording of January’s Garden January’s Garden All silver-white and silver-clear Are January’s bowers, And there bloom sparkling sprays of ice, And snowflake flowers.
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The French poem Matin d’Octobre by François Coppée (1842-1908) is about an early October morning.  You’ll find the original French version with an mp3 here and an English translation below it. MP3 Recording of Matin d’Octobre Matin d’Octobre C’est l’heure exquise et matinale Que rougit un soleil soudain. ...
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