Two seasons in a week.
On Sunday, January 24, Red Car was ice-bound in the driveway. A week later, on January 31, it was a day to wear short sleeved shirts. Why winter and spring in one week?
I had too many things. It was time to cull. I chose books, cds, videos, clothing, and kitchen things to box or bag and take to Goodwill. I now have a third-fewer books and fifteen per cent fewer cds. My shelves breathe now. Spaces open. I am more free.
I am glad that there are days that serve to remind us to connect with the natural world. February 2 marks the mid-point between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. Pagans celebrate the time as Imbolc. Some Christians celebrate the day as Candlemas. Almost everyone knows the day as Groundhog Day. We are reminded that seasons cycle and that we are part of that cycle. I mark days of Full Moon and New Moon and major days of the turn of the year.
A Gift from friends in Japan.
The white round glass jar is only 3 3/4 inches high. It sits on a platform of black. Its lid is bright orange with a brown stem and green leaf topping. It is an object of beauty and force. In whatever room I place it, it becomes a focal point, drawing things to it, “Like nothing else in Tennessee.” (See Wallace Stevens, “Anecdote of the Jar,” 1919.)
Notes on Reading. Nonfiction. Alan Jacobs, editor. Thoreau: Transcendent Nature for a Modern World. Watkins Publishing, London, 2012.
Although I was alarmed by errors in the introductory “Biography,” (Thoreau was born in Concord, Pennsylvania”; “in October, 1959, Thoreau. . . “) I continued to read. The book is divided into two sections, “Thoreau the Transcendentalist” and “Walden.” In the first section, Jacobs presents excerpts from writings other than from Walden with selections of Thoreau’s poetry interspersed in the prose to illustrate such themes as “Vanity of Human Life,” “Love of Nature,” “Wisdom,” “Walking,” “The American Mind.” In “Walden” Jacobs presents excerpts from several chapters, again interspersing Thoreau’s poetry. It’s an interesting introduction to the works of one of my favorite writers. The book is part of the Watkins Masters of Wisdom series of the publisher.
Thank you for reading!