A way may be a guide, but not a fixed path; names can be given, but not permanent labels. Non-being is called the beginning of heaven and earth; being is called the mother of all […]
Initiative initiates, improvises, innovates, invigorates, inspires.
I do not believe in what I see. I do not trust what I hear. Smell, especially, and taste, are more credible, but I believe in what I feel – not with my fingertips, necessarily […]
He in his madness prays for storms and dreams that storms will bring him peace.
Persian carpets may not be Persian at all, of course, but Anatolian, or, more broadly, Central Asian. Geometrically patterned Persian carpets, originally woven by nomadic tribes, are decorated with linear elements composed of vertical, horizontal […]
Form and function were once happily wed. Over time, balance and harmony were disrupted as form sought to prevail over function, or function over form. They separated. They divorced. Recently, at times cautiously, at times […]
There is no good and bad, only balance and imbalance. Ironically, that balance is not purely symmetrical, but in the ratio of 1:1.618. It is in that discrepancy wherein lies beauty. The perfect may be […]
In Chinese astrology, like Mao Zedong, and like Xi Jinping, I am a Water Snake, 水蛇. 我属水蛇。Mao Zedong is sixty years older than me, born in 1893. I am four months older than Xi Jinping. […]
庵 or 菴, pronounced ān, with either of two radicals, the first being the shelter radical, 广 guǎng, and the second being the grass radical, 艹 căo. Ān here means a hut, a small Buddhist […]
夺, simplified, or 奪, full-form, pronounced duó, means to take away by force, to seize, to wrest, to snatch, to grasp; to contend for, to compete for, to strive for; to overwhelm, to defeat, to […]