Well, the storm that moved through the Northeast US seems to have played itself out. We got more than a foot of snow over the last twenty-four hours, which means I'll be clearing the stuff of the deck (in shifts) for the rest of the day. When Carole gets home this afternoon, we'll have to tackle the driveway. Good news is, the semester is over & I turned my grades in yesterday. (Hooray for electronic grade submission!) I'm going to take a couple of days away from thinking about classes, then start working on my courses for next semester. Even at the height of the storm yesterday, a hairy woodpecker was hammering away at the suet & a few chickadees flitted around the feeder, along with a couple of bluejays picking up scraps of suet at the base of the pole by the woodpecker. This morning, lots more chickadees & a couple of nuthatches. Still only about 8° (F) so I'm going to have another cup of coffee before I start in on clearing the deck. Wish me luck.

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.