Time marches on . . .
12/8, Sunday. Stormy weather, cold wind and clouds rolling over the mountains from the coast, with snow in the high elevations but dry here on the ground—living in a rain shadow.
12/9, Monday. Department of Where Has the Time Flown: Watching Johnny Mathis sing a Christmas song on The View this morning and remembering a concert in Chicago in 1961 when we were both in our 20s.
12/10, Tuesday. With the rest of the country and Canada in a deep freeze, it seems hardly right to complain about 38 degrees outside this morning, so I won’t.
12/11, Wednesday. Starting into chapter 1 of a western in German that begins: “Als Jim Whittaker über den Pass kommt, kann er das lange Tal unter sich bald immer besser übersehen.”
12/12, Thursday. A strip of half-inch weather stripping has finally found its way to the top of a door at the back of the house, and I’m waiting for the next cold snap to see if the room feels any warmer.
12/13, Friday. Edgar Allen Poe notwithstanding, the ravens here in the desert always sound to me like they’re laughing to themselves about something—and just like it’s gallows humor.
12/14, Saturday. Community Service Department: On walks in the desert, I’ve stopped picking up other people’s trash.
Image credits: Ron Scheer
Coming up: Alfred Wallon, Showdown in Abilene
I like this idea but don't know if I can restrict myself to one sentence. I'm wordy'ReplyDelete
Ravens in Winter by Bernd Heinrich is a fascinating book, even if the ravens are a bit far east- in Maine to be exact.ReplyDelete
"I like this idea but don't know if I can restrict myself to one sentence. I'm wordy"
Get in training with subordinate clauses; semi-colons (and parentheses) are cheating.
Take a plastic bag with you, then you can keep your hands free while it fills up with trash. You're going to feel guilty if you stop. I shouldn't think a western in German has the same "relaxed" grammar feel to it that we expect in a western.ReplyDelete
Ron, I didn't know about a western in German. The genre seems to have a following among non-American and non-English writers. I liked the Friday line.ReplyDelete
I love ravens.ReplyDelete
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