Saturday, May 8, 2021

Dear Cathy:


Chamomile with 21 Petals

In celebration of the 21st anniversary
of our meeting at Foothill College
Middlefield Lab on May 8, 2000,
Truman's and your Dad's birthday,
a Chamomile with 21 petals greets you
with Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching, Verse 21,
a 21st Anniversary celebration cake,
"When I Was One-and-Twenty" poem,
postage stamps with 21 denominations,
and May 8 postmark from Lamar, Missouri

21st Anniversary
Cake celebrating
21 years of our
meeting in 2000
Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching, Verse 21:

The Master keeps her mind
always at one with the Tao;
that is what gives her her radiance.

The Tao is ungraspable.
How can her mind be at one with it?
Because she doesn't cling to ideas.

The Tao is dark and unfathomable.
How can it make her radiant?
Because she lets it.

Since before time and space were,
the Tao is.
It is beyond is and is not.
How do I know this is true?
I look inside myself and see.

— translated by Stephen Mitchell
     Harper Perennial, New York (1994)

Lao Tzu
(604 B.C.-517 B.C.)
Chinese silk painting
from British Museum

Postage Stamps with 21 Denomination—

Belgium 1839: Fieldfare
21 francs (issued 3-26-2001)

Belgium 1806: Begonia
21 francs (4-15-2000)

U.S. 3467: Bison
21 cents (issued 2-22-2001)

May you enjoy this page, this day, and every day!

With well wishes,


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