Thursday, December 24, 2015
Based on observations during my brief walk downtown to check the mail, I think it's time we update this idiom. As unnerving as it is for me to walk by dozens of young folks who don't make eye contact with passersby, I have to admit that I can see a lot of skill involved. I think these new skills come at a huge cost, but, nevertheless, the skills are there. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
Saturday, December 5, 2015
Thursday, November 26, 2015
Friday, November 20, 2015
Thursday, November 19, 2015
"The censor's sword pierces deeply into the heart of free expression." I like that. Ironically, the word "sword" contains the word "word," although there's no etymological connection that I can find.
As is the usual practice in this blog, I will explore connections between my teaching of English (critical thinking and writing) and the natural world. I'll be looking for activities in nature that may be seen as analogous to censorship.
I stole the title of today's post from the late Edward Abbey. I don't know if he stole it from someone else, but it seems likely.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
The poem, to me, represents an uncomplicated peacefulness. I have fond memories of hiking and skiing in the "back country" during snow storms - places so quiet that I could actually hear snowflakes landing.
I suppose if I'd had my camera handy when I first left the house, I would have taken a couple of photos of the front yard and the dusting of snow on top of my firewood. Then this post might have turned out differently. Hopefully, there will be more snow soon so I can experiment with both photos and words.
Thursday, November 5, 2015
Sunday, November 1, 2015
Most of the dogwoods in this area have dropped their leaves, but a few trees in my neighborhood still show some color. (above)
Saturday, October 31, 2015
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Friday, October 23, 2015
First day of morning frost on my windshield. Bear tipped over trash can. Aroma of skunk in the neighborhood. Oak Treehoppers gone. Dead raccoon in road. Did not tote camera this morning. These are all signs of a change in season, not obedient to the Autumnal Equinox. A weekend is nigh. I will get my bearings, clean up the trash, split more firewood, and keep my camera handy. Maybe also get new windshield wiper blades and refill the windshield washer fluid. "Spirit Week" and Halloween irrelevant, and I am irreverent. Time for "winter readiness."
Sunday, October 18, 2015
Enjoy, but watch out for traffic. :)