Every December 31st and January 1st I find myself floating on a sort of New Year’s euphoria. Suddenly, time becomes a clean, white, empty slate upon which we can write, a blanket of newly-fallen snow. The possibilities are endless, and the first footsteps to mark that landscape are special. I’m always in a hurry to begin.
Here in Nebraska, we’re on the verge of a freeze, but haven’t quite made it past that milestone. October started off with monarch butterflies and ends with the quiet invasion of ladybugs. These little red beetles huddle near lights and on windowsills, dismayed at the cold and the waning sunlight. Some will fall dormant in the cracks until spring, […]
From October 2015, updated October 2016. I love antiquated or forgotten words, and making them un-forgotten. It is kind of like collecting rare coins, only nerdier. So, this is the first full week of October, I got to thinking about the name, and what it was called before Latin names took over. The two seasons […]
Autumn and Spring are the transitions between Summer and Winter, and Winter and Summer. The Earth changes modes, switches sides. After a long winter of heavy clouds and cold and mud we look eagerly to the first glimpses of the crocus and the snow drop, a hint of green beneath the winter-brown of dead lawns, […]