Tuesday, January 20, 2009


This book is good. It usually helps me come to terms with the virtues (and vices) of this chilly season we're enduring. (Today, 21-degrees and sunshine felt like springtime. Not a good sign.)

Here's an excerpt, written by Kathleen Norris (titled "Weather Report: February 10"):

I walk downtown, wearing a good many of the clothes I own, keeping my head down and breathing through several thicknesses of a wool scarf. A day so cold it hurts to breathe; dry enough to freeze spit. Kids crack it on the sidewalk.

Walking with care, snow barely covering the patches of ice, I begin to recall a canticle or a psalm--I can't remember which--and my body keeps time:

Cold and chill, bless the Lord
Dew and rain, bless the Lord
Frost and chill, bless the Lord
Ice and snow, bless the Lord
Nights and days, bless the Lord
Light and darkness, bless the Lord

Another line comes to mind: "at the breath of God's mouth the waters flow." Spring seems far off, impossible, but it is coming. Already there is dusk instead of darkness at five in the afternoon; already hope is stirring at the edges of the day.


Georgia B. said...


Edward Baumgareten said...

The sled was my idea.