Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentine's Day Gift

I found this photo on Google Images, but it shows the first time visitor to the birdseed bell on my windowsill: a Northern Flicker. Actually, there were two.
All the usual food sources are buried in snow.

February 10 blizzard photos

Sr.Francine Brown took these Tuesday night and Thursday morning. We've had about 50 inches between the two back-to-back storms.

Saturday, February 6, 2010


Here is a poem I wrote back in 1979, in Emmitsburg, the last time we had a snow event this size:


The deaf snow speaks in sign like a prophet.
His fingers remark the landscape swiftly, stolidly.
They say
This time I am serious.
He cups his thick hand on the birdsnest,
levels the driveways,
leans on the trees,
pulls the sky down to the earth -
nebulae swirl by the second story windows.
This time I am serious.
This time you will hear me.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Snow Predictions

Dire predictions for blizzard conditions-
twelve to twenty inches possible
between tomorrow and Saturday.

I found this photo on - caption says it's from a friend of a friend in Missoula... The cat looks like Jerry, one of ours.

enthralled students

I've taken this photo from Roger Bourland's blog, but it reminds me of the atmosphere in my MOD CIV class... I'm the professor, mind you!
The class meets from 12:30-1:45 on Tuesdays-Thursdays, a sleepy time of the day anyway. But my PowerPoint lectures are clearly soporific. I've had a number of the students in other classes, and I know they can be lively and talkative. My challenge is to help them get that way in this class. I'm working on it...