Wednesday, August 5, 2021

Dear Cathy:


Here is Woodblock Print #70
for your 70th birthday from
Hiroshige's 100 Views of Edo

"Mouth of Nakagawa
River" (1857)
Brooklyn Museum

inspiring this haiku:

  Passengers in boats
  sightseeing in the spring—
  What a beautiful day!

"Pick a flower will move a distant star"Paul Dirac

Flowers & Galaxy Wishing You Joy—

Wedgewood Rose
with 70 petals

Messier Galaxy 70
29,400 light-years away

Stamps Greetings from U.S. & Suriname with 70¢ denomination

United States 4859, 70¢
Butterfly (Speyeria cybele)
(issued 2-10-2014)

United States C136, 70¢
9-Mile Prairie, Nebraska
(issued 3-6-2001)

Suriname C53, 70¢
Butterfly (Nessaea obrinus)
(issued 7-26-1972)

Words of Wisdom from the Chinese Sage Lao Tzu—

Lao Tzu (604 BC-517 BC),
Tao Te Ching, Verse 70:
My teachings are easy to understand
and easy to put into practice.

Yet your intellect will never grasp them,
and if you try to practice them, you'll fail.

My teachings are older than the world.
How can you grasp their meaning?

If you want to know me,
look inside your heart.

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

Lao Tzu (detail)
Silk Painting in
British Museum

Happy 70th Birthday Dear Cathy—
May you find 70 a wonderful year!

With well wishes,


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