December 21st, 2009

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High Fives on a Short Day

Happy Yule! Happy Solstice! Happy Shortest Day of the Year!

We received roughly eight inches of snow. Here during the snowfall is Virginia, thinking deep, wintery thoughts.

Virginia contemplates the snow

As always, there are more pictures of Virginia here.

* Once again, I have updated my working list of dystopian fiction written and marketed specifically for a young adult audience. I'm particularly interested in Earth-bound stories, and I'm defining "dystopian" rather broadly to include relevant post-apocalyptic works, as well. As always, suggestions are greatly appreciated!

(Note added 2/21/10: This is no longer the most recent version of this list. If you follow/bookmark this link, you'll always be directed to the most recent iteration of the list.)

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"One must have a mind of winter
To regard the frost and the boughs
Of the pine-trees crusted with snow;

And have been cold a long time
To behold the junipers shagged with ice,
The spruces rough in the distant glitter

Of the January sun; and not to think
Of any misery in the sound of the wind,
In the sound of a few leaves,

Which is the sound of the land
Full of the same wind
That is blowing in the same bare place

For the listener, who listens in the snow,
And, nothing himself, beholds
Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is."
- Wallace Stevens, Snow Man