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A few years ago, I made the choice to intentionally look for joy every day. I’d always leaned more towards optimism, but I noticed that my memories of pure joy were becoming few and far between. So, I made a choice to change that because I knew joy was all around me — it just […]

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In the past day, we have had pouring rain, high winds, flooding, and last night, snow.  The back yard was covered in snow late last night, but it had mostly melted by midnight.  This is our front yard, and the neighbor across the street this morning.  Our area is known for its many microclimates. Preview […]

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Group Writing: ‘Tis the Season, and the Clock Is Ticking

 

Tick. Tick. Tick.

I live in an apartment complex. It has great advantages. Something breaks? Call maintenance. Grass needs cutting? Someone else does it. There are pretty flowers on the grounds spring through autumn, and I never have to lift a finger to dig in the hard ground. (It would probably do me a lot of good to do it, but it’s not going to happen.) It’s nice to have things taken care of.

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”.

My January of Discontent

 

Navy recruits marching at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, IL.

My best friend and I signed up for the Navy a couple of months before we graduated high school in north Phoenix. After inking the deal, we could choose a date within the next 12 months to begin our adventure. After going back and forth, we chose January 5 as enlistment day.

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We here in Western Washington don’t get much snow in most winters. So when we have a blizzard, we milk it for all it’s worth. Kids make snowmen out of sparse snow, and we shutterbugs get out and take pictures. The photo above is out our high plant shelf, looking out on the green space […]

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It’s January in Florida and after a blustery French-styled mistral blew through Saturday night, along with a tropical monsoon, the temperatures quickly tanked Sunday. Yes, we have it all here. This morning my husband had to scrape a light frost off the truck windshield before heading to work. He used a numbered plastic card that […]

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Church Lady, Traffic Cop, Spark Epic Prooftexting Battle After Blizzard

 

Sunday, Jan. 20, Grover Heights — The parishioners of St. John’s faced mass impoundment of their cars Sunday morning for parking them after the village snowplow had cleared the surrounding streets, but before the snow-clearing parking ban had officially expired. Feisty church lady, Cheryl Knapp, began a heated argument with Marl Burlon, the traffic cop on duty, once she realized his intention was to ticket, then tow, parishioners’ cars for “obstructing a snowplow” that had already been through.

Knapp cited 1 Corinthians 10:23, “‘I have the right to do anything,’ you say — but not everything is beneficial. ‘I have the right to do anything’ — but not everything is constructive,” conceding that the village was within its rights to tow the alleged offending cars. But, she added, “Where is the benefit in ticketing cars for obstructing a plow they are not, in fact, obstructing, since the plow has already cleared the streets where St. John’s parishioners park?” Burlon countered that the village of Grover Heights benefits from ticket revenue, and that it’s not constructive for supposedly law-abiding citizens like churchgoers to be seen flouting even the letter of the law. “When a scoffer is punished, the simple become wise,” he quoted, adding, “Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s — including lawfully-impounded cars.”

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Yes, it’s snowing here in Aiken, South Carolina. It’s not much, but it counts.  And yes, school openings were delayed two hours.  No word on closures, but it’s only a matter of time. Snowing in Aiken is several levels above Hell freezing over, but I’d still keep an eye on the news . . . […]

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     Here in Aiken SC, the forecast for Christmas is mid-fifties with no precipitation—another non-white Christmas. Growing up in Raleigh NC, white Christmases were occasionally promised, but never delivered.      However, I think waaaaaaaay back to 1978, when I had my first white Christmas at age 23. I was an officer in the Navy, stationed […]

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I was thinking back to holiday time years ago – when everything was simpler…well, maybe not. Christmas in our neighborhood existed of big red, green, blue and yellow colored lights strung around the porch – everyone had them. My dad, who worked on the B & O Railroad in Maryland, trucked home over the snowy […]

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The first snow of November, as the light begins to fail. “One must have a mind of winter / To regard the frost and the boughs / Of the pine-trees crusted with snow; // And have been cold a long time…” If I told the tale of how I became so fond of this poem, […]

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Greg Corombos of Radio America and Ian Tuttle of National Review discuss President-Elect Trump’s first cabinet nominees.  They also react to Harry Reid fearing the world will blow up with Trump as president and Keith Olbermann virtually guaranteeing concentration camps.  And they discuss the poor results of a feminist snow plowing strategy in Sweden.

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If you are gearing up for Thanksgiving travel, you may want to add a few layers to your suitcase attire. There is an unusually dramatic weather pattern headed from the Plains to the Northeast that will dramatically change the forecast very quickly, beginning this weekend. This could include high winds and possibly, snow. If you […]

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We’ve got about two inches outside and it’s still coming down. I tried to get a picture of the very annoyed bluebird outside in the snow this morning, but there was too much snow on the screen to focus through and she flew away when I stepped outside… Preview Open

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If you consult your Funk & Wagnalls Abridged, you’ll learn that spring begins on the equinox. Then the most direct light from the sun hits the Equator, that geometric point moving on it’s journey  north to the Tropic of Cancer. Then we’ll see a Solstice and then Summer for three months. That’s all useful to […]

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Time to get up. Mom rolls us out of bed, breakfast in ten minutes, get yer clothes on. Still dark, of course. Dark winter morning, wind blowing against the farmhouse. The bus will get here before the sun comes up cuz we’re at the front end of the route this semester, so we gotta get […]

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Will school ever resume? Today is Wednesday, January 27.  My children’s schools canceled for the rest of the week.  This means that last week, they had Monday and Tuesday off (MLK and next day teacher work day), went to school on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday off for snow.  This week, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and now […]

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