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Poem for Friday and 'Realm of Fear' 
Friday, 15th January 2010 12:39 am

This Heavy Craft
By P.K. Page

The wax has melted
but the dream of flight
I, Icarus, though grounded
in my flesh
have one bright section in me
where a bird
night after starry night
while I'm asleep
unfolds its phantom wings
and practices.


The grand dame of Canadian letters, award-winning poet Page, died Thursday at her home in Canada at age 93.

Friday after lunch I am going to Boston -- well, we're staying overnight near Hartford, then driving into Boston after breakfast Saturday -- and there was a huge accident that closed the nearest highway for the morning and a major road for the entire day, so I stayed home, bought the Louvre and a Renaissance Faire for my Superpoke penguin, updated software, copied files onto my portable hard drive, and wrote a review of Next Gen's "Realm of Fear". I feel like I should have gotten a great deal more done, but there you have it.

One of the treehouses at Longwood Gardens, decorated for the winter season.

The fountains were turned off when we visited as well...

...though the cold did not deter the Canada geese that apparently live there year-round.

Though Longwood is probably better known for its holiday lights after dark, many trees were decorated for daytime viewing as well.

After dark, the lights of the Pierce du Pont House illuminated the ornamented trees.

We went to the after-dark ice skating show, where the rink and bushes around it were illuminated.

And there were cookies...

...and carolers performing for a Brandywine Christmas.

The kids came home talking about Haiti and their upcoming exams -- they both have big math tests tomorrow, plus Daniel has his history midterm, meaning he talked nonstop through dinner about the things he was studying even though the teacher showed them a video about the plight of wolves in Yellowstone in lieu of a review session -- and Adam had to explain to some of his friends where Hispaniola is, which makes me fear for the teaching of geography in public schools, not to mention the teaching of current events. I had intelligent things to say, too, but I've been totally distracted by Jon Stewart's hypothesis about why Glenn Beck couldn't interview Sarah Palin in the lap of Lincoln, and I want to fall asleep limp from laughter rather than just limp.
Friday, 15th January 2010 06:12 pm (UTC)
Wait, so we are both going to be in Boston on Saturday? Are you guys going to be crazy busy?

Also, I don't think I was ever taught the name of the island in school. We always just saw pictures with the border down the middle of the island and Dominican Republic labeled on one side, Haiti on the other.
Saturday, 16th January 2010 04:47 am (UTC)
I am not sure -- I am traveling with four other people so my schedule is pretty much at their mercy! We have not even determined whether we are going to Bunker Hill, the Navy Yard, the aquarium, or some combination.
Sunday, 17th January 2010 09:45 pm (UTC)
I hope you guys are having a great trip! I ended up not making it down to Boston yesterday and today has been a semi-busy chore day. How long are you guys going to be in the area?
Monday, 18th January 2010 02:26 am (UTC)
We're going home early tomorrow morning in hope of beating the snow, sadly! :(
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