Ancient Lunar Calendar

This is an excerpt from an article I wrote when I was managing editor of a monthly magazine in Hangzhou, China. It was the year 4705-4706 – Earth Rat year. Now twelve years later it is the year 4717- 4718 Metal Rat. The Rat Year begins the 12-year cycle. Let me just say tactfully that …

A Beginning: Happy New Year

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language; / And next year’s words await another voice; / And to make an end is to make a beginning. – TS Eliot The new decade is sprouting around the world, following the slowly rolling arc of midnight. The year ends hour by hour, as the sparkling …