Archive for January, 2007


January 7, 2007

My friend Shannon gave me Debbie Stoller’s Stitch and Bitch 2007 desk calendar.

Reasons for its exceptionality as a gift, Exhibit A:

The page for Saturday, Jan. 6 and Sunday, Jan. 7 reads:

“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work”–Aristotle.

I’m treating the connections between knitting, writing, and rhetoric (three of my favorite things) as a good omen for this year. And the idea that I might take pleasure in all the work I’m doing seems especially important as I move forward into the later chapters of my dissertation (and, sigh, the deep revisions that will inevitably follow).


all right. i give up.

January 3, 2007

Before I begin, I need to point out that today’s date is January 3rd, and I live in Ohio.

During November and December, I’d been noticing, not without some alarm, that formerly mulched-over gardens and flower beds had been sprouting little green nubs. The weather has been unseasonably warm this year, and though I worried a little to myself about the future of said nubs I figured a good freeze would stop them in their tracks before they sustained too much damage.

Over the past week or two, these nubs have grown: the white-green leaves of irises have begun emerging in long strips from their gray-brown roots, the dark shoots of snowdrops and crocuses have now extended inches above the ground, and the future leaves of daffodils are also on the rise. I worried a little more, and then decided that these early flowers might suffer but that spring would not be entirely lost when “real winter” arrives.

On my way home from the library today I saw this:

today is jan. 3
(Sorry for the crappy photo–I used my phone.)

I know that the current administration doesn’t give a fig for my opinion on global warming (they don’t believe the science, why would they believe me?) but I’m beyond worry now. Where are my seasons? Where is the snow? Why is this (admittedly lovely) flowering bush flowering in January???