Spring Approaches, Quince Flowers 海棠迎春

Text and Image by Fennah Guan 周芬娜 圖/文   加州春早,我所栽植的”貼梗海棠” (common flowering quince)灌木,總在舊曆年前開花,先花後葉,非常嬌媚。粉紅或艷紅或雪白的花朵,密密麻麻貼簇生在每條花枝上,雅麗多姿,喜氣洋洋。 California spring comes early. The quince shrubs in my garden usually bloom right before the lunar New Year. First flowers, then leaves, they are a gorgeous sight. The blossoms, pert and graceful, hug each of the flowering branches in dense clusters of vivid pink, red or white, giving the plant an abundant, … Continue reading Spring Approaches, Quince Flowers 海棠迎春

The Second Coming 救主再臨

by William Butler Yeats 威廉・ 巴特勒 ・葉芝   Turning and turning in the widening gyre 臨空周旋愈行愈遠的 The falcon cannot hear the falconer; 獵鷹聽不到放鷹人的召喚; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; 景物凋零;民心潰散; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, 天下無主乃亂, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere 血染的暗潮,竄流至四面八方 The ceremony of innocence is drowned; 淹滅了赤子之心純真不再受到崇尚; The best lack all conviction, while the worst 賢者缺乏信念,小人卻 Are full … Continue reading The Second Coming 救主再臨

Afternoon with the Tempesta di Mare 與海上風暴樂團共度午後

by Michael Caruso   The Tempesta di Mare Chamber Players paid Chestnut Hill a visit Sunday afternoon. Seven players from the entire Tempesta di Mare Baroque Orchestra joined forces for a program entitled “Sara and Her Sisters.” Performed in the main sanctuary of the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, the concert drew an enthusiastic audience of well over 200 local music lovers. 海上風暴室內樂團(Tempesta di Mare … Continue reading Afternoon with the Tempesta di Mare 與海上風暴樂團共度午後

Selected from “The Maine Woods” 摘自《緬因森林》

by Henry David Thoreau 亨利・ 大衛・ 梭羅   About nine o’clock we reached the [Penobscot] river, and ran our boat into a natural haven between some rocks, and drew her out on the sand. This camping-ground McCauslin had been familiar with in his lumbering days, and he now struck it unerringly in the moonlight, and we heard the sound of the rill which would supply … Continue reading Selected from “The Maine Woods” 摘自《緬因森林》

Vedge – Elevating Humble Roots to New Dining Heights 精進料理又一章

by Patricia Manley   Too often restaurants, if they offer vegan options on their menu at all, do so with uninspired meat-like substitutes such as veggie-burgers and fake bacon. Not so at Vedge. Chef Rich Landau and his partner/wife/pastry chef Kate Jacoby have elevated vegan recipes to star status in their fine dining destination restaurant at 1221 Locust Street in Philadelphia. 一般餐廳所提供的素食選擇不外是口味一般般的素漢堡,及素培根之類。「惟吉軒」可不一樣喔。總廚李奇•蘭多(Rich Landau)和甜品師凱特•桀克比 (Kate Jacoby) … Continue reading Vedge – Elevating Humble Roots to New Dining Heights 精進料理又一章

Rossini’s ‘Tancredi’ 羅西尼《唐克雷迪》

by Michael Caruso   Opera Philadelphia opened its production of Giocchino Rossini’s “Tancredi” Friday evening, Feb. 10, in the Academy of Music. The performance was so well conceived and efficaciously presented that I, for one, find it hard to believe that mountings of this early opus are as rare as they are. 費城歌劇院(Opera Philadelphia)於二月十日週五晚間,在音樂學院首演羅西尼(Giocchino Rossini)歌劇《唐克雷迪》(Tancredi)。當天的表演精彩備受好評,令我不解羅西尼這齣早期作品為何上演的機會並不多。 Based on a libretto by Gaetano Rossi, which was based … Continue reading Rossini’s ‘Tancredi’ 羅西尼《唐克雷迪》

Selected from “My Ántonia” 摘自“我的安托尼亞”

by Willa Cather 薇拉・凱瑟   All the years that have passed have not dimmed my memory of that first glorious autumn. The new country lay open before me: there were no fences in those days, and I could choose my own way over the grass uplands, trusting the pony to get me home again. Sometimes I followed the sunflower-bordered roads. Fuchs told me that the … Continue reading Selected from “My Ántonia” 摘自“我的安托尼亞”

Cycling Taipei 60K 馳騁台北60K

Text and Image by Na’U 圖/文   「106線我之前騎過,很舒服!」「那…喬一天揪團來騎吧!就拜託你帶隊囉!」 “I’ve biked along Route 106, super cool!”  “Then … let’s fix a date for a group ride! And, you will lead us, how about it?!” 有著單車環島的紀錄、車友鄭勵淵每天騎單車上下班,也經常與熱血鐵馬愛好者一同騎乘;因此雖然來到台北工作不過一年多時間,反倒比我這個老台北更熟稔大台北的單車路線!一句簡單的起心動念,熱心的他當下答應策劃此趟的「萬隆~平溪單車60K」! Fellow cyclist Zheng Li-Yuan bikes to work every day, and regularly goes on excursions with other cycling enthusiasts. He came to Taipei for work little more than a year ago. Yet, … Continue reading Cycling Taipei 60K 馳騁台北60K