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On Winter

IN DENIAL

I never actually expect winter to happen. After living in the tropics for eight years, I kind of got out of the habit. I’ve heard people say that we don’t really have winter in the south, but that’s not my reality. I know that North Carolina is considered part of “The South” but it feels […]

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On Winter

HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL

I get it, now. I understand the allure of the four seasons as experienced in the temperate zone. Over the years, we’ve heard a lot of people say they couldn’t live in the tropics because they would miss the seasons. “We have seasons!” we’d say, defensively, but they would just smile knowingly. Obviously, we didn’t […]

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On Winter

DEAD OF WINTER

I lay in bed this morning, listening to the wind whistle down the frozen street below our apartment, waiting for our electric heat to start pinging, thinking about how dead it is outside. The ponds are frozen, the gardens are dead, the last leaves are stuck in solid clusters. The sun flirts across the horizon […]