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Only a Blockhead
Chigasaki and Beverly
"No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money."
Interests: books, art, photography, beauty, pleasure, the world, politics, everything, poetry
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On early spring days, the view brightened by plum flowers wherever you look The winter palette of green and brown now enlivened with white, pink, red. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Only a Blockhead
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Right now, the countryside is all about plum blossom. And so are this week’s observations. Pink, red, mostly white in gardens, parks, on roadsides; plum flowers in full bloom And pink, red and white are sometimes on the same tree! How do they do that?! Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Only a Blockhead
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Sunday breakfast treat: the jolt of hot coffee with a steaming croissant The local bakery’s croissants are buttery in a way few others are. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Only a Blockhead
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Spring proceeds apace but still the cheerful wood stove warms the cold evenings The countryside is often filled with the sight and scent of farmer’s bonfires. However, I light the stove at dusk when neighbors have their windows closed, and won’t see or smell the smoke. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Only a Blockhead
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Down on the river an azure flash: kingfisher works the water The kingfisher is a tiny bird! Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Only a Blockhead
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Sunset comes later and dawn earlier; light foretells approaching spring When we once woke to darkness, it is now half-light. And it is now hardly dusk when darkness once fell. The days are getting longer. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Only a Blockhead
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On a chill morning plum blossom might as well be a flurry of snow February is a delicate month. The snow-white plum blossom comes with days of higher temperatures and gusty winds. And then the temperature drops to zero on freezing nights. Is that snow or blossom? Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Only a Blockhead
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Heading home at dusk Sunset paints the landscape red The day’s last beauty Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2021 at Only a Blockhead
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Somber, imposing By a forgotten highway The temple remains In a neighborhood, over decades, businesses close, others may open; houses are demolished and rebuilt; roads may lose importance as new routes open. But changes at a temple or shrine are measured in centuries. Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2021 at Only a Blockhead
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Deep in a valley laundry and bedding soak up short hours of sunshine Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2021 at Only a Blockhead
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Branches bare but for red berry clusters: bright lanterns of the forest Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2021 at Only a Blockhead
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River flows through snow Sun sparkling, white on white The beauty of winter Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2021 at Only a Blockhead
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Behind the highway the previous road remains mukashi michi* * old road Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2021 at Only a Blockhead
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In the hot spring pool above the rushing Tama, a snowflake flurry! Photo: Ingo Rickmann: Winter, snow shower… (detail) via Wikimedia Commons Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2021 at Only a Blockhead
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Deep down in a gorge carved since ancient times the Tama flows to Tokyo Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2021 at Only a Blockhead
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After the storm The hillside mottled green and white Snow fell on cedars Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2021 at Only a Blockhead
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Traveling under overhanging cedars I’m pelted by snowballs! Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2021 at Only a Blockhead
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The cedars release a shower of frozen crystals left from the last snow Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2021 at Only a Blockhead
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Visitors to this mountain hamlet are watched by the man with one blue glove Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2021 at Only a Blockhead
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Followers of Nichiren walk, drum, chant through town for enlightenment Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2021 at Only a Blockhead
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Photo: Sydney Oland, What’s Up Yukon After eating a tuna mayo rice ball the lingering taste of fish Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2021 at Only a Blockhead
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The neighbor picks up litter and cigarette butts; a kindness to us all Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2021 at Only a Blockhead
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Dry, desiccated, frost-rimed, gone to seed: susuki grass in winter Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2021 at Only a Blockhead
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A new morning: always something to notice, something to observe Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2021 at Only a Blockhead
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Sparrows crowd the roof ridge Yesterday they faced this way This morning that Photo: Jonathan Keelty via Wikimedia Commons, cropped https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2021 at Only a Blockhead