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posted: February 29th, 2016

This page begins (and ends) with February 7th and a trip to Nogawa Park on our bicycles.  The only thing we found that was even slightly picturesque was the Shibateranthis pinnatifida - Setsubunsou in Japanese, so that's all there is.  After that are some images of an upcoming new book - Two Years in Paradise: A Peace Corps Philippines Journal" which I hope to finish and release by midsummer 2016.  Click on any thumbnail to begin.

Begin February 7th
  On February 7th, as stated already, we bicycled to Nogawa Park to check out the progress of late winter/early spring flowers. The Roubai (see last month) was finished, only a few dried up old flowers remained. The skunk cabbage was still not in bloom, the plum blossoms were not significantly different than they were back in January and we saw no birds to speak of. The only interesting thing we saw was the Setsubunsou (Shibateranthis pinnatifida). Over the years you have been shown this earliest spring ground flower many times, and here it is again. The second and third shots show the same flower, I just moved in closer for the 3rd shot. The first two shots in the next row are also of this same flower.
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  Here are two more shots of Shibateranthis pinnatifida - Setsubunsou in Japanese, the same blossom as shown in Row 1, but moving in closer and closer. The third shot was taken at a different patch of Setsubunsou - there are three separate small patches of it. In this photo please notice the acorn on the left that is beginning to send a root down and please notice the acorn caps and use them for scale.
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End February 7th, Begin New Book Sneak Peek
  Here is a Sneak Peek at a book which I am working on and HOPE to have ready for readers by June or July. The title is Two Years in Paradise: A Peace Corps Philippines Journal I expect it to end up at about 500 pages or so. The first image is a mockup of the cover. I am pretty sure that this will be the final cover, but it's not set in stone, it may still change. The second image is a larger image of the blurb which will be on the back cover - please feel free to offer feedback. If you see any grammar, punctuation or spelling errors PLEASE let me know.
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  And here are four interior pages. The first image shows pages 212 and 213. You will note that the book has photos. There will only be about 20 images and they will be presented in black and white to keep the price reasonable. The second image shows pages 214 and 215. Note that your name may be found in this book, but only the initial of your last name; Mark W., Ardis B., Steve A. and so on. Note also that I have included expenses for each day. Oh, by the way, I am hoping to be able to price this book at a very reasonable $17.98, but that's going to depend on the number of pages it ends up being. I know that probably not many of you will be interested in this Journal, but if you know any Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCV's) or anybody who hopes to become a Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV) you might want to let them know of this upcoming book.
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  There are actually three covers that I have mocked up for consideration for this book. Would you like the opportunity to have a say on what the final cover should be? You can be a part of the selection process simply by clicking on the "E-Mail Us" button at the bottom of the page and saying that you prefer cover #1, #2 or #3. Let me hear from you please.
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End February 2016's Photos/Images, Begin Miscellaneous Links
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