“How one walks through the world is affected by the shifting weights of beautiful things.” ~ Elaine Scarry

 

Snow Crystals by Wilson Bentley (ca 1902)

“The Eskimo has fifty-names for snow because it is important to them; there ought to be as many for love.” ~ Margaret Atwood

It was snowing earlier today—big, fat flakes. But it was also raining, so none of the snow stuck. It’s not that I’m eager for the area to be locked in again as a result of snow, but more that this snow was so beautiful. Oh well . . . Now, it’s just very windy and wet outside, and cold, of course. The forecast is calling for record accumulations in the D.C./Northern Virginia area, up to 2.5 feet. Glad I don’t need to travel to Northern Virginia for anything.

Apparently, it’s already pretty bad out there. Over 200 accidents have been reported, and flights have been cancelled. Even the Smithsonian closed early. No idea what will happen in Hampton Roads, but I’m just hoping that we don’t lose power. The forecast is calling for freezing rain, which means that the dogs will stick their heads out the back door but will not venture outside.

Not much else happening here. As I told Corey, I am so sick and tired of being sick and tired. Sinuses. Pressure. Headache. Yuck. Advil Cold & Sinus is my friend.

“Art enables ut to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” ~ Thomas Merton

Tomorrow I need to drive Brett downtown so that he can drop off his piece for the student art show at Selden Arcade. That gives me something to look forward to as I have not seen this piece yet, and it is always nice to look at what the students have been creating.

When I worked at the museum, the annual Irene Leache student art show was hung in the community gallery each spring. I don’t know if that contest still exists. I loved looking at all of the different works in the different media. Some of the students were tremendously talented. I have always been envious of people who are natural artists. I am hopeless when it comes to drawing.

Other than those tidbits, not a lot to report. I don’t feel inspired enough to write anything of consequence. The world news is too depressing to comment on: Even though the unemployment rate dropped from 10 to 9.7 percent, 8.4 million people are jobless. Just not a club I in which I would seek membership.

Yesterday, Corey was pretty down about the whole job thing. Apparently, one of his former boat mates was giving him a hard time, telling Corey that he isn’t really looking for a job. Who says that to someone who is out of work, not by choice? I reminded Corey that once this position with Vane Brothers comes through, he’ll be working for a really good company, a company that has a good reputation in the industry, which is more than can be said for his former employer.

The waiting is hard for all of us, but I really think that it will be worth it. At least, that’s what I’m telling myself and Corey.

“The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself.” ~ Laozi

A few parting thoughts:

  • I agree with Gordon Gee, president of Ohio State University: Excellence in teaching should be considered in granting tenure. I’ve known people who were lousy in the classroom but great at research who had tenure. There should be a balance.
  • Why oh why is AIG going to be allowed to pay out $100 million in bonuses this year when the company still hasn’t paid back the money from the bailout?
  • President Obama should meet with the Dalai Lama. It’s a question of human rights, something for which China isn’t known.
  • At what point in my life will I stop having break outs? I don’t have bad acne, but I still get those few days during which my cheeks get zits. TMI? Just wondering.
  • So glad that Corey is not a sports addict as it means that Super Bowl Sunday will not be a hallowed day in this house. I like college football, but really have no affinity for pro football.

Told you I didn’t have much to say. Even my ponderables are mediocre at best.

Images are by Wilson Bentley, a Vermont farmer who was the first person to photograph a snow crystal in 1885. Bentley photographed more than 5,000 snowflakes during his lifetime but did not copyright any of his images.

More (with any luck better) later. Peace.

Happened upon this video of “And Winter Came” by Enya.

 

4 thoughts on ““How one walks through the world is affected by the shifting weights of beautiful things.” ~ Elaine Scarry

  1. Hi Lita,
    Not long to go before spring arrives and the snow and freezing conditions are a distant memory!
    How incredibly insensitive for that guy to speak that way to Corey.I am peeved (I restrained myself here, can you tell?) just reading about it. He WILL get the job he has been waiting for and as you wrote, it will be a good company for whom to work too.
    I envy you going to the student art show. Have a great time, rug up and enjoy it!
    Big hugs
    Maureen

    1. Maureen,
      Most of the snow is gone, but we had ice last night. Still very cold.
      Can you believe what complete oafs some people can be? It made me mad, to.
      The student show was very nice, some very impressive pieces.
      Hugs,
      Lita

  2. Ugh! Damn snow! Here it’s two feet and counting. It’s supposed to stop around midnight. I could cry. Wait, then it’s gonna snow again on Wednesday. Oh, and then again on Saturday. I need to move.

    As far as your TMI…I never broke out when I was a teen, but now? Forget it. I have to use Proactiv. WTF is that all about?!!

    Ignore me. I’m snowed in and feeling a bit cagey. Like Jack Nicholson in The Shining.

    Le sigh.

    1. Dear Winter of Your Discontent . . . (loving the names)
      Do you have an axe? As long as no one lets you get near an axe, I think that the people around you should be safe. Here it’s just cold and rainy. Perpetual grey.
      I know what you mean about this adult acne crap. Who knew? Try to stay warm. Read some books. Drink a toddy.
      Le sigh back.

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