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.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Feast of the Three Kings

Today is the Feast of the Three Kings, otherwise known as Epiphany, otherwise known as the day you take the Christmas tree down. This year, Epiphany thoughtfully fell on a Saturday, a convenient day for working around the house.

In Springfield, dismantling a ten-foot tree involves sawing it in half, as the trash men won't haul it away if it's too big. Fortunately, I have sons who like tools. Amir obligingly did the honors, even sweeping up neatly afterwards without prompting.

I like my porcelain nativity set, which has been gracing the mantle in the dining room. I think I'll leave it up a bit longer....according to the Church calendar, the Magi just arrived today. I'll let them hang around the manger for another week or so at least.


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