Posts Tagged ‘Snow’

Weeding in December

Last year at this time, we were battling feet of snow — but it’s been a snowfree December, until today — today, we may just have to find the snow shovel.  Anthony and I did have some holiday shopping to do, but it’s really a good day to stay home.   Instead, I’m going to spend the day spring, ah…winter cleaning.  And weeding out my book collection.  Although I am not anticipating any kind of e-reader for Christmas, I have made it a goal to get rid of three boxes of books.  That will be a challenge because I hate getting rid of books. 

Still, I am offering ways to weed a personal library (I wrote the list in second person point of view — but it’s really ways I download my library. I’m sure you can adjust this list for yourself):

  1. Give your history books to your older brother who loves history.  (John, I know you never read my blog, but in case you do, expect some good reads for Christmas).  After he reads them, he will find good homes for them.
  2. Donate. Donate. Donate.  My local library loves donations, plus they have a book cellar — a room in the library where they sell used books for money for the library.  And with budgets for public libraries shrinking (don’t get me started..) it’s a win-win situation all around.
  3. Place books on your Paperback Swap Account.  That way you can get rid of your books to trade for ah…more books.  (I know that it defeats the whole purpose of trying to get rid of books, but hey, it’s fun, and I’ve gotten some great finds!)

Digging Out, Once Again

The Northeast is recovering from another major storm.  This morning’s commute, which usually takes me about half an hour, was an hour and a half.  One of the main roads I use was closed due to a bad accident, and of course, I had almost no one is class today.  On top of all this, I simply have not been inspired to write, so I haven’t drafted anything new in three weeks. So much for my New Year’s Resolution.

Tonight, while reading about the latest storm on the Weather Channel’s site, I came across an article that lists the top films where “weather plays a starring role.”  Some of the movies include Twister, Wizard of Oz, The Day After Tomorrow, Key Largo, Gone with the Wind, and The Shining.  (Of course, you can read the more complete list at the Weather Channel).

So my question to you, dear readers, is what poems (famous or otherwise) have weather as the main character or driving force behind the poetic lines? Have you ever written a poem where weather was the “starring role”? 

It’s a question I have to think about — or maybe it’s a writing prompt for the weekend (although I don’t really want think about writing about snow!)

Snowdrifts

I have been buried under snow and student papers which is why I have been neglecting my blog.  Right now, we have about a foot of snow on the ground and the forecasts are calling for more….in fact, areas north of us got a few feet.  When I manage to crawl out from underneath all this “white stuff” (in the form of both snow and student work, including 16 creative writing portfolios), I will return to my regularly scheduled blogging.

Snow & Celebrations

Here in Western New York we escaped most of the snow that hit the Northeast.  We got a few inches, and the roads have been slick.  The world has been very gray lately.  Still, when I opened up the Yahoo news today, and saw all the headlines (Chile, etc..), I have no complaints.

Today is Anthony’s birthday.  So besides celebrating Stealing Dust’s one year anniversary, we will be having cake and ice cream.  Thanks to all who requested a copy of Stealing Dust through my email.  Your copies will be sent out this week.

 

 

Snow Day

So, the Lake Effect Snow has drifted south of Buffalo and has landed here.  JCC has closed for the rest of the day, so I am at home, with a pile of creative writing portfolios to read.  That may sound a bit daunting, but by this time of the semester, I know my CW students pretty well, so it’s not so bad.  For all of you teachers, instructors, and professors out there, you may want to take a look at Jehanne’s most recent post, which is a short note about what all college students should know about their professors.

Lake Effect Snow “Event”

So, after a wonderful Autumn — warm, sunny, very pleasant — we are in for some Lake Effect snow tonight and tomorrow.  The weather forecast is calling the band of snow the “first organized lake effect snow event” of the season.  I have two questions (both have been in back of my mind since I moved to the Snow Belt).  First, what exactly is a “snow event”?  And second, is there such thing as a “disorganized lake effect snow event? 

The White Stuff

So, our first winter storm has hit Western New York.  I woke up to snow.  Not a lot — just enough to turn all the colored leaves white.  I tried to convince my colleagues that it was actually pretty outside.  Trust me.  They were not convinced.

In other news, I have a weekend free from grading, so I really want to settle down and send out some poems.  Actually, I also want to settle down and write some poems.  I have been trying to revise the same five poems for weeks now, and it’s not going so well.  I need some new material.