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naliqqaittuq.

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snow day yesterday at last

 a really good day to stay home from school

Inuit in Canada’s North have their own unique names for the months of the year. Aseena Mablick, an announcer for CBC Nunavut’s Inuktitut-language radio program Tausunni, has been collecting information on the names of the months in Inuktitut for years.

Mablick says one of the reasons she’s sharing this now is to “keep the language.”The names in Inuktitut are interconnected with the environment and wildlife surrounding the Inuit in Canada’s North.”It’s a truthful and honest calendar for people who are living over here, everyday, like us,” she says. “We just follow mother nature’s ways for naming the calendar.”

Each region in Nunavut has its own unique names for the calendar, and Mablick shared with us just two of the regions she’s looked into — Baffin region (also known as the Qikiqtaaluk Region) and Nunavik (northern Quebec).

January In Nunavik, January is “Naliqqaittuq”, literally meaning “nobody’s able to compete with it,” says Mablick. “It has to do with the coldest weather in that month.”

January is called “Qaummagiaq” in the Baffin region. It means “bright day coming back.”

meanwhile in ann arbor…

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credits: cbc news (north), aseena mablick, deadline detroit

high tide.

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after

a lot, a lot, a lot

of rain

the river rose high

up and over

paths washed out

nice to intersect

where the land met the water

with this very happy dad

following his wife and son

in kayaks 

making their way

through what was very recently

a grassy playground

on island park

 paddling through to the river

“ever think you’d find yourself paddling here?”

“no, but i’m so, so happy that i am!”

 

 

“celebrate the success of others. high tide floats all ships.”

-susan elizabeth phillips

every moment.

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after experiencing 

every kind of spring/fall/winter weather front

in the span of a single whirlwind of a day

there is  new light

in the early morning

with

a quiet dusting of snow on the ground

 clouds in the sky

streaks of blue

and

a moon hanging high

we’ll try again. 

‘every moment of light and dark is a miracle.’

-walt whitman

 

 

the heat is on.

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(similar to a typical group I saw running into target today)

 

just a few days to go before christmas

it’s sunny and almost 50 degrees 

in the lower peninsula of michigan

 out come

the shorts, the sandals, the sunglasses, the smiles

the coats stay behind

close your eyes

feels almost like summer

we are a hardy lot. 

“heat is heat.”
-lailah gifty akita

tropical heat wave.

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‘Michigan’s weather has best weekend day in six months coming’

(today’s headline- here’s hoping it hits a sweaty 60!)

 

 

“alike and ever alike, we are on all continents in the need of love,

food, clothing, work, speech, worship,

sleep, games, dancing, fun.

from tropics to arctics humanity live with these needs

so alike, so inexorably alike.”

carl sandburg

credits: republic pictures, mark torregrossa – olive

find the safe spot.

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after enjoying a day that finally hit a balmy 60 degrees (above zero!)

when home and relaxing at last

the tornado sirens started blasting

tv news was covering the local map live

updating the movement of the storm minute by minute

texts from the sheriffs buzzed saying to take cover.

because i live in an old cottage with no basement to be found

 i went to my safe room (aka the bathroom) to hang out for a while

luckily, my natural survival instincts kicked in

and i took the following items with me to ride out the weather:

phone, laptop. chargers, flashlight, book, hot tea,

and for some unexplained reason –

an uncooked spaghetti squash.

i then decided that i might as well just take a lavender bath

enjoy my book and tea

and let the chips/cottage fall as they may

no worries.

balance was quickly restored

when the weather soon passed us by

and best of all

my spaghetti squash was still intact.

 

“there is a safe spot within every tornado. my job is to find it.”

-david copperfield

 

 

 

image credit: lush uk

hint.

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“Hint of spring showing up in upcoming weather pattern”

above is quote from our online paper

at this point in the year

i was really hoping for something more than just a hint. 

seems like a burlesque version of a weather forecast to me

all optimistic style and not much substance.

after giving examples and explaining their reasons,

the article wrapped up with:

“This isn’t a permanent pattern change to feeling like spring. After the weekend we have temperatures dropping back to feeling like winter. If you add 10 to 20 degrees on, it won’t be too cold. It might remind you of spring. Time is on your side if you need spring. Just keep hanging in there.”

 

“one can never produce anything as terrible and impressive

as one can awesomely hint about.”

h. p. lovecraft

 

 

 

 

 

credits: m. torregrossa, mlive

 

messy.

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once the rain came

and the temperature rose by 50 degrees

and the snow and ice turned

to slush, and mud, and dirty water

and the discovery of this

brought such a level of joy and celebration

to the sandbox

that it was immeasurable. 

“childhood is messy and beautiful.”

-rachel martin