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Category Archive for 'Seasonal'

Retrospective

Although it’s not the purpose behind the holiday, Labor Day seems to many of us to mark the end of summer.  For those of us in academia, it’s a gentle ease-in to the fall semester.  I started teaching last week, but my first weekend is a long one.  It’s my birthday weekend, too!  Best present […]

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

IS St. Patrick’s Day a holiday upon which one traditionally wishes happiness to others?  I thought it was a day for dispensing beer with a liberal hand. Despite being a religious holiday — the feast day of Padraig or Patrick, who explained the Holy Trinity to the heathen Irish using the three-leaved shamrock — March […]

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What do you mean it’s almost over?

I can’t believe February has flown by so quickly.  Normally, February creeps for me: it’s the doldrums of winter, when I float, becalmed, on a sea of snow flurries and ennui. But this year, I took a lovely trip, did a great deal of painting, and caught strep throat.  More about the first two (happier […]

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I am not making resolutions.  I *never* make resolutions.  I disapprove of the whole idea of the New Year’s Resolution, an arbitrary day on which we reject the previous month’s overindulgence (or the previous night’s) by plunging too far in the opposite direction.  Excessive self-denial is as bad for us as excessive indulgence, and it […]

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Dilemma

New Year’s Day just ended, and tomorrow (today, really) is Monday.  It’s back to real life for most of us.  Other bloggers are already talking about tearing down the greenery and dragging out the tree. Not me. Granted, I’ve probably toasted the poor thing to a crisp, putting it by the fire like that.  But […]

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O Christmas Tree

Jackson featured on our Christmas card, both visually and verbally.  He shared the frame with our tree, though. Did I tell you about this year’s Christmas tree expedition?  LAST year, we set out in a snowstorm, slithered 14 miles to a tree farm, tramped through a forest, cut down our own tree and hauled it […]

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O Christmas Tree

Our Christmas tree is growing very nicely. B “planted” it at the curb, on top of the snow-covered mound of bagged autumn leaves that the city has also declined to pick up. This past week we had a thaw.  The little tree fell over, and then blew into the street.  Last night it snowed again […]

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