Tag: January

Unselfing, Marys and Marthas: Winter of Discontent, or Mind of Winter?

 

“One must have a mind of winter… And have been cold a long time… not to think / Of any misery in the sound of the wind,” the January wind. So says Wallace Stevens in his poem, The Snow Man. Misery and discontent aren’t identical, but a series of small miseries — unrelated to wintry weather — means February snuck up on me this year, almost as if January never happened, so misery must do for my “winter of discontent”. To “the listener, who listens in the snow,” hearing the sound of the wind, the poem promises if he becomes “nothing himself” he’ll “behold[] / Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.” People “cold a long time” can go numb, of course, and numbness is a kind of “nothing” obliterating misery. But numbness seems insufficient for a “mind of winter”.

For our own survival, we see winter’s cold as hostile. Our success as biological beings depends on our sensing discomfort, in order to mitigate risk before it’s too late. Concern for our own comfort is a form of self-regard that isn’t optional, if we care to live. Nonetheless, necessary self-regard is still self-regard. A mind of winter leaves self-regard behind. And so, it sees wintry beauty — the snowy, frozen world lit with “the distant glitter / Of the January sun” — simply because it is there to see, irrespective of what it might mean to the self. Winter in itself isn’t hostile, just indifferent: self-regard makes the indifference seem hostile. A mind of winter is “unselfed”.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are thrilled to see over 300,000 jobs created in January, easily surpassing expectations.  They also smack Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine for the wimpiest possible opposition to the controversial abortion bill in Virginia and break down the logical problem in Kaine’s official position that he’s personally opposed to abortion but would never impose that view on others.  And they dissect the launch of New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker’s 2020 presidential campaign – with Jim offering an extensive review of Booker’s time as mayor of Newark.

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At work I have the pleasure of dealing with many very smart people, including finance and actuarial types. Over the years I have come to defer to them and accept uncritically what they send me. They’re always on target. Almost. Today we’re accustomed to beautifully prepared spreadsheets. Unfortunately, computers are exceedingly dumb and will reliably […]

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The idea of compound interest is probably about as old as the idea of money itself. You may have run across the simpler versions of the question – If you deposit X amount of money into an interest-bearing account, calculated on a quarterly basis (interest rate divided by four, every three months), and then leave […]

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The first month of the year is over, and with it the “Beginnings’ project. We had 31 entries this month from 31 different contributors. (Way to go!). Two hit the Main Feed, and I am sure a couple of other would have had their authors not marked them “Do Not Promote”. One conversation racked up […]

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“I am NOT DOING THIS,” I declared to my sister as we looked at the profiles on Match.com. “Oh look, this guy’s a doctor!” And thus began this new chapter of my life. Single again after 20 years of marriage. I felt like I’d been dropped onto a strange new planet. The last time I […]

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It’s THE 1st. It’s cold, and it’s still snowing! We’ve had big snowfall. Snow is everywhere. All one can see is a beautiful, snow white world. Gorgeous! Whatever existed before has been completely covered-over. A clean, new slate to begin the new year has been created. Hmmm? What will I be writing on this clean […]

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Yes, everyone loves Group Writing. Everyone wants more. More Group Writing requires more Ricochetti participation, however. This month we need 31 different participants. Because every day’s Group Writing conversation should be written by a different member of the Ricochet community. We need you. Our theme for January is Beginnings. You can read more about it […]

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