‘Tis the Season for Strawberry Cheese Pie

A little fartherwe will see the almond trees blossomingthe marble gleaming in the sunthe sea breaking into wavesa little farther, let us rise a little higher. -George SeferisThis is the point in the semester when energy levels start to wane. Each task begins to feel Herculean. The sun makes its presence known and begins to compete with…

An Act of Appreciation

The aim of life is appreciation; there is no sense in not appreciating things.-Gilbert K. ChestertonToday I biked the 4 miles uphill to campus, taught an intermediate Russian class for a friend who was taking her Ph.D. exams and then went to a dissertation workshop. Afterwards, inspired by my new "let's get this thing done"…

Spring is for Salad

A Pang is more conspicuous in SpringIn contrast with the things that singNot Birds entirely -- but Minds --Minute Effulgencies and Winds --When what they sung for is undoneWho cares about a Blue Bird's Tune ---Emily DickinsonLately, I've been all about kumquats. It's my love of sour things; I just can't get enough. Plus, the…