Daily Archives: February 19, 2007

From My Latest Reading

No particular comment here, just sharing a nifty passage from the novel I’m currently enjoying. I especially like the image at the end. The characters are shy young Quakers who are beginning to discover that they have a thing for each other; the setting is New York in the year 1778, during the American Revolution:

Rob was enthused about the scientist William Herschel.With his improved telescopes, Rob said, Herschel had discovered nebulae and galaxies strewn across the heavens as a farmer could scatter flaxseed. …The night had grown cold, and they blew on their fingers and stamped their feet as they stared up at the spangle of stars. The arm of Rob’s coat brushed Kate’s cape and she saw tiny sparks dance in the wool.

–From Shadow Patriots: A Novel of the Revolution by Lucia St. Clair Robson


Everybody Talks About the Weather…

A month ago, it was so cold you couldn’t even breathe and the city was shrouded in murky, filthy “haze” (i.e., air pollution thick enough that it recalled stories of Jack the Ripper stalking Victorian fogbanks). Then about two weeks ago the air finally cleared out and temperatures rose to the relatively comfortable range they’re supposed to occupy in the winter months, between the high 30s and low 40s. The past two days have been spring-like, with temps in the high 50s and beautiful crystalline skies.

I woke up this morning to about five inches of snow.

I love Utah…