Dear Family, Friends, and Gentle Readers,
It's yet another May-Gray Day out on the coast.
So we got four-of-a-kind this week. But next time we meet, it'll be a new month we'll start recording June Gloom--aren't you excited. I know I am.
OK, OK. You're bored, so for all of you who slept thru Chinese School like I did, let's make you even more bored and give you a Chinese Idiom of the Day--老嫗能解--lao yu neng jie (old, woman, can, understand) or "Intelligible to an old woman."
This was said about Tang Dynasty poet Bai Juyi (pictured right) and his writing. Now before you go accusing the guy of being terribly sexist or age-ist, simmer down.
He wrote poems attacking the powerful, lamenting social ills, and whatnot. He'd probably be a Democrat in our here and now. As such, he preferred to write in popular language rather than highly-schooled courtly language. It was said that to make sure that his stuff was not too dense or flowery, he would read them to the old maidservants that worked in his house and edit until they got it right. Consider this an early Chinese form of focus-group test marketing, or common-sense editing.
I am really digging that his desk is an old log.
Hope you have a wonderful weekend in store.