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April 14, 2014 § 2 Comments
I dressed for my tennis lesson this evening like I was going out for a winter run rather than a spring scrimmage. But, alas, I arrived only to discover the lesson was postponed for a second week in a row. Admittedly, I was happy to have the extra hour to do something else, but I was a little disappointed that I wouldn’t be able to say that I played tennis withstanding a below-freezing windchill.
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I’m still reading my book picks from “Nightstand” weeks 14 and 15, so I’m only adding a few articles to the mix this go-around, including a seven-part investigative series in the Tampa Bay Times that won the Pulitzer today:
- “Down and Out at the Hotel Providence” by Guy Lawson (Harper’s, December 1999)
- “A Home, but No Help: How Hillsborough County Harmed the Homeless It Set Out to Aid” by Will Hobson and Michael LaForgia (Tampa Bay Times, July-December 2013)
- “Remembering in Rwanda” by Philip Gourevitch (The New Yorker, April 21, 2014)
- “Unearthing New York’s Past Through Maps” by Aaron Reiss (“Elements” blog, The New Yorker, April 8, 2014)
- “Writing Bullet-Proof Copy” by Greg Breining (“Writers’ Block” blog, loft.org, April 10, 2014)
January 24, 2014 § 2 Comments
Minnesota has been granted a short reprieve from the bitter temperatures enveloping the state all winter, and many are out tonight embracing the falling snow.
On nights like this, everything is lit up and incredibly peaceful, the sky an eerie gray-white. It brings back memories of my childhood and the unbridled joy of a winter storm, which brought with it snowball fights, snowmen, forts, outdoor hockey, and the occasional snow day.
The cold returns in earnest tomorrow morning with temperatures dipping lower and lower as each day fades into the next.
So if you live in these parts or in an area where snow is falling, step outside and savor this opportunity to be blanketed in white. Run or ice skate or slide down hills with your kids or just stand still, staring up into the sky.
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Snowy nights = pretty lights:
January 4, 2014 § 4 Comments
The weather gods have cast a pall of doom over the state, closing schools days ahead of time in anticipation of the coldest temperatures seen in years, possibly decades. That makes for big news in Minnesota, where we take pride in our fortitude to withstand the elements and scoff at Floridians who shiver at lows in the 50s.
While I’m annoyingly optimistic about winter, something evil is afoot. I can usually withstand these cold days, exercising outside daily. (“There is no bad weather, only bad clothing.”) But lately my endurance is waning, and dancing across the untreated ice and poorly shoveled sidewalks has left me battered and, yes, kind of surly.
Today I could only run a little more than half of a five-mile route. I don’t know if it’s thin air or strong winds or the extra pounds of winter gear weighing on me. But I don’t like it. The last thing I want to do is join a gym, especially in January.
Yet complaining is fruitless. Really, the only people who have the right to complain in this weather are firefighters, utility workers, tow-truck drivers, pizza delivery guys, pets (bring them inside, people!), the homeless, and the frail. The rest of us just need to buck it up.
I’ll probably try a short run tomorrow or Monday when the temps dip even more, just to say I did it. Or not.