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First snow of the season, first meal of the season inside (salmon, rice, red cabbage and raisins) in front of IB’s Japanese window screens because it is too cold to eat on the back porch, first Satsuma mandarins of the season … Continue reading

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From the prosaic to the extraordinary

It is not news that it has been a rough February. With wind chill, the temperatures have sunk into dangerous ranges. The snow has accumulated over the month making travel treacherous. On the way back and forth from work there … Continue reading

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“The Snow Man” by Wallace Stevens

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 To behold the junipers shagged with ice, The spruces rough in the distant … Continue reading

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The seasoning of seasons

These tomatoes were all rescued from before the frost. These last tomatoes—Black Krim, Cherokee Purple, Black Cherries, San Marzano, Green Zebra, Sun Sugar, and Mortgage Lifter— in our well-seasoned cast-iron skillet, have embraced some eggplant, onion, garlic, green pepper, and … Continue reading

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“Walking Alone in Late Winter” by Jane Kenyon

How long the winter has lasted—like a Mahler symphony, or an hour in the dentist’s chair. In the fields the grasses are matted and gray, making me think of June, when hay and vetch burgeon in the heat, and warm … Continue reading

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Winter by Arcimboldo

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Melting at Qigong

Out of the window today at Qigong, the ice was melting. Rapidly. The long frozen needles representing the past months of bitter winter were succumbing to the brilliant sunshine. Inside too, my muscles were softening and thawing to the loosened … Continue reading

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