A Luminous Halo

"Life is not a series of gig lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end." --Virginia Woolf

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Location: Springfield, Massachusetts, United States

Smith ’69, Purdue ’75. Anarchist; agnostic. Writer. Steward of the Pascal Emory house, an 1871 Second-Empire Victorian; of Sylvie, a 1974 Mercedes-Benz 450SL; and of Taz, a purebred Cockador who sets the standard for her breed. Happy enough for the present in Massachusetts, but always looking East.

Friday, August 04, 2006


Weather has been unusual this summer, including what the papers called a "violent storm" a couple of days ago. Amir's friends dropping over to the house shortly after the storm cleared described the devastation in the Sixteen Acres section of the city as a "tornado": snapped and uprooted trees everywhere. Close to 20,000 people lost power. Police Lt. Cheryl Clapprood was urging people to stay home because of so many downed electrical wires. She described the city as looking "like a war zone." Mayor Ryan estimates the cleanup cost to the city at a million dollars, maybe more, which he doubts he'll be able to recoup from state or federal agencies.

Here's a tree that the city hadn't gotten around to, spotted today on Parker Street. Fortunately, the Emory House and its surrounding flora were spared.


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