Books and Chocolate

Sometime in December, I realized that in my immediate family, the gifts most appreciated are books, chocolate (either the solid or liquid variety), and gift cards (to buy more books and chocolate).  I love the January routine of settling down with new books, under a blanket with an oversized red mug of hot chocolate (topped … Continue reading Books and Chocolate


We have another reason to celebrate this season: although the Mayan calendar suggested that the world would end on Friday - the day of winter solstice - we continue as we were. I love how Timothy Steele brings the holidays and astronomy together in his contemporary holiday poem, "Toward the Winter Solstice." Here's an excerpt … Continue reading Rejoicing

For Newtown

In a season of light, we find ourselves in darkness. I signed several petitions on, in the hope that gun control will finally be seriously addressed in the New Year. ...The days Are all variety, blowing; Aswirl in a perpetual current Of wind, shadow, sun, I marvel at the capacity Of memory Which, in … Continue reading For Newtown

“Storm of the century” redux (didn’t we just do this?)

After a derecho this summer and another major storm just a month ago, we're again preparing for what's been dubbed "Frankenstorm," a wide swath of rain and snow that's likely to paralyze the East Coast for days. We're charging our electronics, making tons of ice to keep refrigerator food cold, moving items in the basement … Continue reading “Storm of the century” redux (didn’t we just do this?)