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Friday, February 09, 2007

Cold Days

I forgot to mention that we had two days off from school this week. The temperatures were down to -11 in some places, and it was a surprise to see schools close from Michigan to Maine. I didn't lose a single day because I posted all my classes materials on my course website. I am sure the kids loved it.

"Writers on Writing" is a particular treasure. So many of the authors have gone into detail about what they do and how they do it. One that struck a nerve was an essay by Annie Proulx. She talks about her shovels of metaphorical work... lovely image... one metaphor after another. I haven't read much by her, but I have a collection of short stories "Heart Songs" that I might get to soon.

My mother sent me $20 for my birthday. I felt embarrassed, of course, since I am the one who helps her out now and it shouldn't be the other way around. I wanted to send the money back, but she told me over the phone to spend it on something nice. So I bought "What I Loved" by Siri Hustvedt. I read a bad review on her book "A Plea for Eros" and was interested to see what else she has written. It also helps my intriguing the fact that she is married to Paul Auster. I can't fit the new book in but I will try for it perhaps next year.

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At 2:09 PM, Blogger Julia said...

Happy Birthday Jose! Have a wonderful time tonight after you're done with work!

At 6:37 PM, Blogger Orange Blossom Goddess (aka Heather) said...

Happy Belated Birthday! Your mom sounds like a sweety.

At 1:28 AM, Blogger Susan Abraham said...

Have birthday, JCR.
But please don't send the money back.
In your mum's heart, the US$20 didn't say cash. It said love.

At 1:29 AM, Blogger Susan Abraham said...

Oh, JCR.
sorry, I meant Happy Birthday and not otherwise written.
red-faced as always. :-)


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