Writer, Reader, Tea Drinker, Chrononaut

Month: January 2018 Page 1 of 2

Today’s haiku

blue sky with clouds“Rain!” the forecast said

light blue sky peeks through the clouds

forlorn umbrella

Today’s haiku

Hatsugama 2018back at the tea space

meeting old friends and new friends

this moment is all


-on attending “Hatsugama”*



Hatsugama / 初釜 / boiling of the first kettle tea ceremony

Hatsugama first tea ceremony This meeting is seen as something very special. Hatsugama is the only time when the tea teacher him or herself prepares tea for all her students. In most cases this tea ceremony is a complete Chaji meeting with Kaiseki meal, Nakadachi breaks, and the whole ritual done the way it was learned during classes. It is impossible to teach the whole Chaji at once, therefor it is always broken up into practicing how to prepare Usucha, Koicha, and arranging the charcoal in Sumidemae. Only this time will the whole ritual be performed by the tea teacher with some help of his or her students. It is an opportunity to meet all the other students whom might be studying on different days and for the teacher to point out some of the details about the flow of a full Chaji meeting. Typical for this meeting is the festive mood, exquisite cuisine, and the curved braided willow branches hung in the alcove.

Source: http://japanese-tea-ceremony.net/types_ceremony.html

Today’s haiku

muddy water - not the singer“rainy and breezy”

hot chocolate-colored water

overflows stream banks

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rainbow umbrelladark skies overhead

happy little umbrella

the world seems brighter

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mossy trees in mistfuzzy mossy trees

glow green in the overcast

Oregon winter

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cold hot toddyjust got a cold

felt better, resumed rushing

back to the sniffles


-on catching a 3rd cold this season

Today’s haiku

"Discipline Equals Freedom" by Jocko Willinkread Jocko Willink

‘fear doesn’t get a vote’ now

back to the writing


-on reading “Discipline Equals Freedom Field Manual” by Jocko Willink

Today’s haiku

"Rebel Mechanics" by Shanna SwendsonYoung Adult novel

“Pride and Prejudice”-inspired

predictable fun


-on reading “Rebel Mechanics”

Today’s haiku

shopping cartsCostco employees

raved about every item

in our check-out cart


-Seriously, they did.
“Ooh, I love that!” “Oh, isn’t that awesome?” “You’re gonna love that!”

Today’s haiku

wool sockshandmade woolen socks

belated Christmas present

a delighted Mom


-I don’t knit, but I have a good friend who does

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