Posts made in September, 2012

Closing Up the Cottage

Posted by on Sep 25, 2012 in Archive | 1 comment

Closing Up the Cottage

It’s 42 degrees this morning by the lake. We’re closing up the big cottage today and yesterday. Well, getting the main stuff done—not the blowing-out-the-water-lines-and-pouring-in-antifreeze part. That comes last. The little cottage, where I’m sitting in the warmth of a real furnace, is still open. The big cottage has no insulation and no heat but a fireplace, which is now covered with its steel sheet, the screen and ash bucket pushed up against it. We didn’t have to clean it out because we had no occasion for a fire this summer—not even one. This unnatural heat is alarming, as...

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What I’m Reading

Posted by on Sep 18, 2012 in Archive | 5 comments

What I’m Reading

I’m reading three books at the same time. My husband doesn’t understand that, but it makes perfect sense to me. Different books for different moods, different levels of energy, different levels of willingness to dig in. I often find that they speak to each other—don’t you, those of you who do that? Not intentionally, but still. Book one is The Body in Pain: The Making and Unmaking of the World, by Elaine Scarry (Oxford U. Press, 1985). I ordered this one (from my local indie bookstore) on someone’s recommendation.  It’s weighty and slow and brilliant. The “unmaking” part...

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What is this Meditation Thing?

Posted by on Sep 4, 2012 in Archive | 4 comments

What is this Meditation Thing?

Today’s a beautiful post-labor-day day on the lake. Crows are ranting in the trees. I have two days entirely alone, for which I’m eternally grateful to my husband. Those of us who’ve been academics never get over the sense of something starting up in the fall, a new rigor in the air, a straightening of the shoulders. The summer has been full of serious family illnesses, of visiting my father, hosting myriad children and grandchildren at the lake, preparing for MFA residency, teaching at residency, etc. All the while I’ve kept meditating almost every day, an hour most of the time. What...

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