Winter dies on Opening Day

This has been the worst winter I can remember. We’ve had snow, cold, ice, more snow, ┬ámore cold, and still even more snow. Some days it felt like it was never going to go away. Spring officially started a few days ago, but today was the first day that it really felt like spring. AndContinue reading “Winter dies on Opening Day”

On Springtime, old guys and losing

Today is the first day of Spring, and of all the years I’ve been on this earth, I’ve never paid attention to the change of seasons as I did today. Winter 2013-2014 has been a terrible burden to bear, and now it’s over. It can, and probably still will, get cold and bring some moreContinue reading “On Springtime, old guys and losing”

Keeping Winter at bay

Today is the birthday of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, who is best known for The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, but who also wrote the following couplet: The love of learning, the sequestered nooks And all the sweet serenity of books There’s another cold day outside, here in Chicago. Keeping warm is essential this winter, moreContinue reading “Keeping Winter at bay”

A teabag wrapper haiku

I’ve been drinking tea lately, as I wean myself off of a long-term coffee habit. And when I drink tea at work, I undo the tea envelope so as to leave the paper intact. And today, I took the white space and the baseball on my coffee-turned-tea mug as a form of inspiration. I reallyContinue reading “A teabag wrapper haiku”

Spring at last

This may have been the strangest winter I’ve ever experienced. There was literally no snow at all–with the exception of the Christmas day miracle–from the end of Fall up until early February. Then the groundhog predicted an early spring, and it all went wrong. We had snow, ice, rain, and varying degrees of mixtures betweenContinue reading “Spring at last”

They won’t look like this for long

I have a magnolia tree in my backyard, and this year’s exceedingly warm weather in March brought out the flowering blooms at least a month ahead of schedule. Since I wasn’t writing this blog yet when last year’s blooms came out, this is my first chance to reflect on them here. A magnolia petal isContinue reading “They won’t look like this for long”