Monday, February 27, 2017

Dear Elisa:


Woodblock Print #40 from 100 Views of Edo
"Basho's Hut on Camellia Hill beside Aqueduct at Sekiguchi"
by Ando Hiroshige (1797-1858), Brooklyn Museum Notes

Rose Rhonda
Large-flowered climber
Medium pink color
Blooms with 40 petals
Height: 7-10 feet
Bred in 1968, USA
by Jack Lissemore

Dream Orange Rose
Orange blend Hybrid Tea
Orange blend color
Blooms with 40 petals
Height: 3-4 feet
Bred in 2000, USA
by Jerry F. Twomey

May the serene scene of Hiroshige's Woodcut #40
and the two roses with 40 petals bring to you
much peace and prosperity in your 40th year.

Lao Tzu
(604 B.C.-517 B.C.)
Chinese silk painting
from British Museum
A wisdom quote to share from

Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching, Verse 40:

Turning back is how the way moves;
weakness is the means the way employs.
The myriad creatures in the world are born
from Something, and Something from Nothing.

— translated by D. C. Lau
     Penguin Classics Edition (1967), page 101

In the Bible, Noah was in his ark for 40 days & 40 nights, Moses was on Mt. Sinai for 40 days receiving
the Ten Commandments, Elijah was on Mt. Horeb for 40 days when God spoke to him, Jesus was in the
desert for 40 days & 40 nights tempted by Satan. I found over 500 postage stamps with 40 denomination.
Below are some of my favorites. May Pegasus & the Dragon guide you in understanding these mysteries.

Uruguay C44, 40 centavos
Pegasus flying in space
(issued 1930), C27-C60A (36)

Israel 397, 40 agorot
Noah sending out dove from ark
(issued 8-13-1969), 394-398 (5)

Vietnam C5, 40 cents
Dragon is supernatural creature
(issued 9-3-1952), C5-C9 (5)

Happy 40th Birthday Dear Elisa—

May you find 40
a most beautiful
and fruitful year.

With Love,

Uncle Peter

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