Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Dear Cathy:


Here is Woodblock Print #69
for your 69th birthday from
Hiroshige's 100 Views of Edo

"Hall of 33 Bays,
Fukugawa" (1857)
Brooklyn Museum

inspiring this stanza:

  Two lofty pines in the foreground—
  an archery contest is underway
  whose arrow will hit the target?

"Pick a flower will move a distant star"Paul Dirac
Flower & Galaxy Wishing You Joy—

Clements Rose
with 69 petals

Messier Galaxy 69
28,700 light-years away

Greetings from Postage Stamps from Canada, U.S. & Monaco with 69 denomination

Canada 1369, 69¢
Hickory Tree
(issued 2-25-1994)

U.S. C142, 69¢
Okefenckee Swamp, Georgia
(issued 6-1-2007)

Monaco 2129, 0.69 Euro
Honoré Balzac
(issued 5-25-1999)

Words of Wisdom from the Chinese Sage Lao Tzu—

Lao Tzu (604 BC-517 BC),
Tao Te Ching, Verse 69:
The generals have a saying:
"Rather than make the first move
it is better to wait and see.
Rather than advance an inch
it is better to retreat a yard." This is called
going forward without advancing,
pushing back without using weapons.
There is no greater misfortune
than underestimating your enemy.
Underestimating your enemy
means thinking that he is evil.
Thus you destroy your three treasures
and become an enemy yourself.
When two great forces oppose each other,
the victory will go
to the one that knows how to yield.

translated by Stephen Mitchell,
Tao Te Ching (4th century BC)
Harper & Row, New York, 1988)

Lao Tzu (detail)
Silk Painting in
British Museum

Happy 69th Birthday Dear Cathy—
May you find 69 a wonderful year!

With well wishes,


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