that moment when you discover
your sandbox has turned into a frozen lake
you understand the difference between liquid and solid
and realize your toys are not going anywhere until spring.
“it’s a moment that I’m after, a fleeting moment, but not a frozen moment.”
nothing like the feel of
walking on a lake of solid ice
remembering how it felt
swimming in its warm water
“in the arctic, the inuit say water and land are the same;
they’re an unbroken unity.
in the winter, you travel on the ice because it’s the linkage and the easiest way,
and in the summer, you move around on the water.”
*-john ralston saul
*John Ralston Saul (born 1947) is a Canadian writer, political philosopher, and public intellectual. His work is known for being thought-provoking and ahead of its time, leading him to be called a “prophet” by Time and to be included in Utne Reader’s list of the world’s leading thinkers and visionaries.
snowbirds get out of michigan
and head home to the south pole
for a bit of warmer weather.
Ann Arbor expected to be colder than South Pole on Wednesday
The South Pole in Antarctica is expected to be balmier than Ann Arbor on Wednesday, Jan. 30. The Ann Arbor area, like most of Michigan, is on track to experience a blast of bitterly cold Arctic air Wednesday that could beat temperatures down to record lows, the National Weather Service says.
As of 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, the weather service projects temperatures as low as 19 below zero Wednesday. Meanwhile, 8 degrees below zero is forecast at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica, where it is summer. If the forecast proves accurate, the former low temperature record for Jan. 30, 11 degrees below zero, set in 1911, will be broken, according to data provided by University of Michigan climate research scientist Frank J. Marsik.
The National Weather Service also issued a wind chill warning to take effect at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29 through 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31. The wind child is expected to dip to between 25 and 40 degrees below zero, cold enough to cause the onset of frostbite to exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes. The governor of Michigan has declared a state of emergency.
“let it go.”
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