After a couple of beautiful spring-like days we were rudely shoved right back into winter, complete with high winds, an ice storm, massive power outages, and 5″ of heavy wet snow. Ouch.
We lost our power for 30 hours. Not a tragedy because we have a wood stove for heat and a gas range so could cook on the stove top. It was damned inconvenient though since we need power for the well to work. No showers. No washing dishes. No flushing the, uh, toilet. You can imagine. Fortunately I had four gallons of distilled water in the pantry so we had drinking water for us and the dogs.Read More
This is a Spring Beauty, a sweet and delicate ephemeral found in the local woods. (Photo copyright Gunsmith Photo.)
Ephemeral flowers are quick to come and go. They show up when the ground has warmed but the leaves on the trees are not yet out so they get to soak up the sunshine before the woods get shady. We have several varieties and I look forward to them every year. When they arrive I know winter’s truly Read More
I have been working on a number of projects lately, not all writing related so I thought I’d share a little here.
Writing is a sedentary and solitary endeavor and it’s easy to become a writing chair potato. Now that winter is finally loosening its grip on my part of the world I am getting outside more. It’s not quite time to dig into the gardening/yard work, but it’s nice enough to take longer walks. So far we are walking our dead-end gravel road and increasing our mileage slowly as we get back into shape. When all the snow is gone we’ll tackle the woods’ trails which are far more challenging.Read More
Most of the humans I know tend to be lazy–not in action, but in our thinking. From the earliest days we develop an outlook on places, events, people–on life in general–that becomes habitual to the point where we become stuck. We become rooted in specific thought patterns. This is how bigots, misogynists, and other prejudices are created.Read More
I know. What do any of those things have to do with one another? Not much, really. But today is another snowy day and I took time from writing to watch the UCONN Husky Women beat USF in the American Athletic Conference semi-final.
Anyone who watches women’s basketball knows the Huskies have dominated the landscape for the last twenty years, winning an unprecedented 11 national championships. The reason they win is yes, talent, but not just talent.Read More