contrary to popular belief the inuit do not have 30+ words for snow. the actually have one verb "to snow" and then qualifiers; like falling snow, blowing snow etc... very similar to the english language. this was a somewhat disheartening discovery. i was all prepared to wax eloquently about how the inuit were much more in tune with their natural surroundings and lived bravely in harsh, arctic conditions huddled in semi-warm igloos developing thousands of different concepts for the white stuff that fell from the sky. but, no, they, in fact were/are probably a lot like us. we are all dependent on the balance of the natural world for survival. but i digress....
i am loving living through my third winter back in the north. i love the thick snow flakes, i love the blowing side-wise light airy snow, i love the snow that is great for snowman-making, i love the snow that makes the cross country skies slide easily, i love wearing wool sweater, and stamping snow off of my boots, long underwear, down parkas, cold red cheeks juxtaposed with warming fireplaces.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
a limerick about the ruby red:
there once was a grapefruit so red
out in front of the pack it has led
with a sublimely sweet flavor
it's fragrance i do savor
it could only be rio grande valley bred
and a haiku:
rich morning mouth festival
red tropical dream
Thursday, February 14, 2008
i always feel slightly overwhelmed about going to my weekly iyengar yoga lesson, but i am ALWAYS glad that i went. and when i am there i feel like i could live in the world of yoga class forever and ever amen. i love it, i mean, i love it. it's my total solace. my body bends and twists and i GET it. it's breath and movement and non-movement. it's peaceful and centering and revolutionary. i am at a real yogic crossroads, though, right now. how to continue and pursue the passion?
Monday, February 11, 2008
the best thing about today was getting up to a snow day (school canceled for sage). which allowed me to be with sage during her morning educational explosion---normally she is at school learning and doing. but today we sat over breakfast and she did like four pages of addition problems that i made up. and then i taught her subtraction. it was AMAZING.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
thursday are delightfully full for me. sage goes to school, then when she gets home i go to my highly-valued iyengar yoga lesson (twists and forward bends today--ay my hamstrings!), then i am home for an hour before i take sage to the nature center at shaker lakes for a winter outdoor education class (hibernating animals, tree identification, finding animal tracks etc). while she is doing that i take the guys to the literacy playroom at the newly renovated cleve hts library. they run semi-wild and i get to spend time with other moms. other moms are an interesting breed. they are the only ones interested, without being close friends or family, in your kids.