Has it been an entire cycle from Summer Solstice to Winter since last I updated these pages? Pretty much. The downward snaky rollercoaster ride from June to now is coming in to the ride's stop. I disembark, sigh long and hard, "What was THAT?"
Today, which may or may not be the actual Solstice, depending on who you consult (all my Asian contacts are saying it's the 22nd, even though the 21st is regarded as such in the West) I rest, gather for the yang inhale which will begin in earnest on the 25th.
And before I know it, it will be June again. Next stop on the ride--or start--Chinese New Year, January 31. Year of Horse. Over the next month, it's "bei ma," make ready the horse for the gallop of 2014.