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.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

die Frühjahrsmüdigkeit!

die Frühjahrsmüdigkeit It's been spring for five days, and I have spring fever. Not the usual case of it, where I feel so frisky I want to bounce out of bed early, go outside, run around in the grass, play loud music. This year, I've got that peculiarly German form of spring fever, die Frühjahrsmüdigkeit. That's more like spring tiredness.

I went to a German site to get some tips for overcoming this torpor I can't seem to shake. I should've known better. Suggestions: take cold showers, take a trip to the mountains, exercise, clean the house, eat chocolate. Leave it to the Germans! As a people, they are unfailingly efficient, orderly, and energetic. You have die Frühjahrsmüdigkeit? No, no, don't take a nap! Take a cold shower and get on with it!

Well, I'm not German, and I'm too darned tired for any of those things, except the eating chocolate one. I think I'll have a Snickers bar and go to bed.



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