Friday, January 22, 2010

Fizzle in the Schizzle?

Some in our audience may be wondering if the Fiery Blazing Handbasket has winked out like the tail end of the Hale Bopp comet (or the Heaven's Gate cult), or sputtered to a quiet sizzle like the occasional dud firework at the New Year's Eve Sparktacular (none this year, it was a great show!).

Nope, I think we are just in the lull of mid-winter, with perhaps a dollop of battle fatigue thrown in. The constant onslaught from the Christian Right crazies (bible verses on gun sights, palinography, Pat Robertson's mouth - need we say more???), the mega-corporations, and the insanely twisted body politic that is running amok has stunned us into blog interrupted.

I can only speak for myself, but I know these winter months, I have been in hermitage. It's one I frequently share with the S.O. (who has come in from the vil to escape for awhile that milieu's own version of crazy). Other times, its only me, the chickens, a few odd tropical fish and the snoring (sometimes greenly farting) dogs.

Unlike some past winters, there's no winter doldrums. I have been out nearly every day enjoying the roseate light that is steadily increasing - snow shoeing, skiing, running or ski-joring. I have cooked up a storm (which has caused the S.O. to imitate a bear and put on a healthy layer of insulation, soon to be worked off as caribou-hunting time nears), and finished many an unfinished sewing project.

And I have been reading up a storm.

My January favorites thus far:
  • Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party; Max Blumenthal
  • The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power; Jeff Sharlet
  • Going Rouge - Sarah Palin, an American Nightmare; edited by Richard Kim & Betsy Reed (and an Xmas present from my blog mate & her S.O.)
  • Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town; Nick Reding
Next on the list is Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army.

So, I expect that as the days lengthen and we head back up the seasonal bi-polar curve, 'Dweller and I should be revving back up in the blogging department - until then....

It's potluck.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Finally Forty

Just last week Flic and I were pondering the unthinkable:  a winter in Squarebanks without a single instance of 40 below.  I went so far as to proclaim that, "Yep.  It ain't gonna happen."  All the while realizing that such behavior was inviting a major jinx.

Sure enough, we had a day yesterday, the first minus forty this winter.  However, unlike years past, this cold snap didn't hang on long here.  It's already up to the minus 20s (ordinarily a warm spell in mid-winter) today.