Tag: appreciation

End of the year

We are coming down to the end of the year, when the days run shallow and the nights long, we look forward to the return of the light at the winter solstice. A good gomei for these times is: Yonaga – long night.

Already I am becoming nostalgic for the year of the sheep. As …

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Kokoro, the heart of tea

I recently had a return visit from someone who came to visit Issoan last year.   We served her tea and sweets and treated her as we would any other guest.  This time when she came back, she said that she was struck by how open and welcoming the students were.  In her experience, tea people …

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Sunken hearth in elevated table

 

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The art of the thank you note

As a child, my mother sat me down when I received any gift or attended any event to write a thank you note. It was drilled into me that I MUST acknowledge what someone else had done for me by a hand-written thank you note. That training has stood me in good stead. It …

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Precious resources

We are blessed in the Pacific Northwest with abundant, clean and good tasting water. We can drink our fill straight from the tap to quench our thirst without bad smells or off taste.  But recently the city of Portland had an alert that e coli was found in the water system and everyone was advised …

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