Archive for November 2015

November Trees

November Trees
The first snow of the season fell  on Friday and  Saturday,  covering the autumn leaves. Sunday was  cold,  intense blue sky, and a rain of falling mulberry leaves.  It was a downpour, a shower of leaves.  Mulberries  are very sensitive to temperature.  You can read more about them, here. The maples and the ginkgoes, too,... Read more »

Friday Night Snow

Friday Night Snow
First snow of the season, slowly falling  on the summer chairs. Snow on grassy areas and fallen maple leaves.   Snow on the branches and  the mulberry leaves. It  isn’t surprising, is it?  As much as 6-8 inches overnight  was predicted. And yet, it seems like the first time, just for a moment, the  wonder... Read more »

Global and Local

We huddle  together at the bus stops, in the wind and rain.  For a moment we feel a common bond as warm-blooded creatures, fragile on this earth. Headlines are full of the names of the dead–Paris, Beirut, Yemen,  South Lawndale–around the world and across the street. Like weather, news is global and local. Meanwhile, the... Read more »
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The Winds of November

It’s been 40 years since the wreck  of the Edmund Fitzgerald, the ore ship that went down in  a storm on Lake Superior near Whitefish Bay, Michigan  on November 10, 1975.  All  29 crew members  were lost. The tragic story of the Edmund Fitzgerald is immortalized  in the song by Gordon Lightfoot,  which was first... Read more »

A Brief History of Indian Summer

A Brief History of Indian Summer
This post is inspired by my fellow blogger, Aquinas Wired, who writes the Quark in the Road.  You can read his wonderful post, here. We call these warm fall days Indian Summer, but what does that term mean, and where did it come from? Both the Old Farmers Almanac and the National Weather Service define... Read more »