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Talent, Passion, and Practice

People tell me that I have a talent for Chado.  But nobody is born being good at tea.  When people are good at something, we assume that they must have a talent for it. This is not necessarily the case.  We love to attribute success to talent.  When we look at successful or professional athletes, …

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Lunar New Year for Issoan

This year we celebrated the Lunar New Year instead of Hatsugama.  Portland had such a bad winter storm that we had to cancel Hatsugama.  Our gathering took place at the newly opened Cedar Tree Hotel.  The lobby is beautifully understated with a koi pond in the middle!  Stephanie and I named the three koi …

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Issoan Hatsugama rescheduled

Issoan Hatugama will not take place on Saturday, due to snow, freezing rain and temperatures in teens predicted for this weekend.  Everyone stay home, stay warm, stay safe.  We will reschedule Hatsugama to February 10, the Lunar New Year.  Hope to see you then.

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Happy New Year in poetry

Six poets gathered on New Year’s Day 2024 at Issoan to celebrate the New Year.   We shared sake, tea tasting, snacks, matcha, sweets, lunch and incense appreciation  during the day while composing a 28 stanza linked verse.  I hope you like the entire poem.

Earth slowly rises From winter slumber In the sunshine …

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Running down to the end of the year

As we approach the solstice it seems like I am running downhill as things accelerate. Holiday plans, travel plans, baking, cooking, wrapping gifts, decorating; it all seems to go faster with less time every year as I get older.

This year I am certainly getting the feeling of growing older and approaching the time …

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