The Zen of Groundhog Day

I watch this film at least once a year. I’m sure there are people who think of this film – seen or unseen – as “just another Bill Murray/Harold Ramis comedy.” I really believe it is far more profound than you would think at a glance. I don’t know that the filmmakers’ intended all of … Continue reading The Zen of Groundhog Day

A Dude and A Zen Master

You know The Dude, right? Maybe you know him as His Dudeness or Duder or El Duderino, if you’re not into the whole brevity thing. But don’t call him Lebowkski. Maybe you can call him Jeff Bridges. The Big Lebowski is a 1998 film that didn’t do very well when it was released but has achieved … Continue reading A Dude and A Zen Master

We’re Halfway There. Turn the Wheel of the Year

“Si sol splendescat Maria purificante,major erit glacies post festum quam fuit ante.” * Today is the exact halfway point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. Yes, it is Groundhog Day and I have written about that here before. But how many different ways can you explain the origin of our tradition of expecting … Continue reading We’re Halfway There. Turn the Wheel of the Year

The Status of Spring

This Thursday is Groundhog Day which is one of the worst examples of phenology. Phenology is nature’s calendar. It is the recording and analysis of what happens in nature – first leaves and blooms, the appearance of certain insects, birds, or animals. If you read earlier posts about silly Groundhog Day, you find that at … Continue reading The Status of Spring

I Am Celebrating Everything

I don’t know what to celebrate today and tomorrow. The lunar calendar is a calendar based upon the monthly cycles of the Moon’s phases (synodic months), rather than the solar calendars that most Westerners are familiar with and use daily. The Gregorian calendar, which is a solar calendar and is the most common calendar system, … Continue reading I Am Celebrating Everything

Candelora and Winter Weather

Per la Santa Candelora se nevica o se plora, dell’inverno siamo fora, ma se è sole o solicello, siamo sempre a mezzo inverno (“For the Holy Candelora, if it snows or if it rains, we are through with winter, but if there is sunshine or even just a little sun, we are still in the … Continue reading Candelora and Winter Weather