Making My Peace With January

Now that it's just about over If you remember my fall dispatches, we are confronted with a curiosity in the sense that I described at modest length the experience of driving in a winter wonderland of snow. In, I believe, October. Since then, there was like a month and a half of zero snow - … Continue reading Making My Peace With January

A simple prayer of thanks

For all our loves and kinsfolk, living and even dead, for all the different things that comprise the measures we use in the accounting of this thing we call our life, we give thanks. For all new life, new people, new vigor that has come to us this year, we give our thanks. For all … Continue reading A simple prayer of thanks

It’s like time, man – trying to make sense of what’s left

When you really start closely following the phases of the year, especially when relentlessly broken down into six-week segments, time really starts to speed up. It’s sort of the opposite of what you’d think – a watched pot never boils, and all that. You’d think constantly watching the progression of the natural seasons of life … Continue reading It’s like time, man – trying to make sense of what’s left

Taking a vacation from a vacation while on vacation

As this week - my first paid vacation week in almost exactly a year - winds to a close, we simultaneously bear down on Lammas, which marks the transition from the heart of summer to the earliest incarnations of the harvest. Without sermonizing (yet - there's still plenty of time), I find myself with a … Continue reading Taking a vacation from a vacation while on vacation

The wizard is on duty

A few words before we get back into things In my last post, I half-seriously indicated that I might take the month of July off. Much to my own surprise, it turned out I wasn't half-serious about this at all. I was completely serious. Here we are, pretty much August. ¿Donde esta aqui? Likely, this … Continue reading The wizard is on duty

Midsummer’s midpoint: looking back, looking ahead

Once again, another big solstice holiday winds down. The whole thing is very predictable - and it should be. This is, after all, a cyclical game we're playing. The holiday approaches, I get anxious because I feel unprepared, I complain because it feels disruptive, I attempt to embrace the disruption as a necessary function of the … Continue reading Midsummer’s midpoint: looking back, looking ahead

No moderation for the wizard

The superficial nature and general ineffectiveness of the omnipresent New Years' Resolutions thing should be taken as a given. Obviously, such vows, almost always health-related, as though there were nothing more to think about than muscle tone and caloric intake, are often taken in a mixture of bad faith and blind optimism and the desire … Continue reading No moderation for the wizard

You’ve done this before (and you’ll do it again)

All right, I admit it: I'm being a bad wizard again. I'm driving down the road, making good time, cranking the Dead, sun streaming down, then all of a sudden, I see the sign.   One lane road ahead. Goddamn it. The workers ahead are probably doing some of the most useful and inarguably necessary … Continue reading You’ve done this before (and you’ll do it again)

HELP: The Only Way I Will Know if I was Right is if You Tell Me

  A year ago, I decided get the best view I could, stand up tall, and try and forecast the content, character, and rhythm of the year that then lay before us. Not merely a prediction, the aim was also to incorporate helpful ways in which we might respond to our conditions to take advantage … Continue reading HELP: The Only Way I Will Know if I was Right is if You Tell Me

I’m Serious – It’s About 2013, and I Need Your Input

 A year ago, I decided get the best view I could, stand up tall, and try and forecast the content, character, and rhythm of the year that then lay before us. Not merely a prediction, the aim was also to incorporate helpful ways in which we might respond to our conditions to take advantage of … Continue reading I’m Serious – It’s About 2013, and I Need Your Input