Celebrating a Year

December 4, 2017

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A warm day brings us a welcome break from the relentless onset of winter, and B and I take advantage with a long cheerful walk. Alas, this mild sunshine, ephemeral, will be gone by tomorrow.

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December 8, 2017 at 9:51 pm

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December 3, 2017

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Today it’s all about music. In the morning a final rehearsal with my group for our gig next week, and in the evening most of us reconvene to attend a concert by one of my favorite mandolinists, Andy Statman. Here’s a clip of his trio playing elsewhere last month.

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December 8, 2017 at 9:41 pm

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December 2, 2017

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A lovely day exploring the developing arts center in a former factory district with friends. As always, artists, resale stores, and restaurants are the first to jump into the area of the city that industry has abandoned. We haven’t much of a plan, but it’s a lovely day– sunny, just chilly enough to require a coat– so we meander, chat, stop for lunch, and pick up some cool presents to delight our near and dear in a few weeks. Always a treat to hang with these ladies.

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December 8, 2017 at 9:20 pm

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December 1, 2017

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And so winter unofficially begins.

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December 8, 2017 at 9:12 pm

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November 30, 2017

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It is hard to lose the colors of summer and autumn, but there is beauty still in the stark landscape of late November. After the leaves are gone, before the snows have fallen, the landscape is laid bare. We have only geography and architecture to entertain the eye.

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December 8, 2017 at 9:02 pm

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week 477 ~ cold falls like a curtain

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cold falls like a curtain
ending summer’s long reign
flowers fade spiders spin
cold falls like a curtain
shorter days ascertain
we’ll soon see snow again
cold falls like a curtain
ending summer’s long reign

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December 8, 2017 at 8:44 pm

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November 29, 2017

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Hedge trimming takes most of the day today. With winter closing in, a last opportunity to tame the wildness of summer growth, ensuring winter’s snow won’t cause damage in the months to come. We have been lulled into false complacency by our unexpectedly long stretch of warm days. But the forecast indicates that soon the season will catch up with us. And so I clip, rake, and bag up my bushes vain efforts to outgrow my plan for them.

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December 8, 2017 at 8:23 pm

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