Seven Days Til April (Seriously?)

National Cathedral snow, Washington, DC, March 25, 2013

March 25, 2013, Washington, DC: DC’s first snow of the winter arrived this morning just in time to coincide with spring break and the National Cherry Blossom Festival. (The blossoms are a little late to the party.) It’s fairly amazing to think how warm and in bloom the city was last year at this time, more unbelievable yet to realize it hasn’t snowed like this once since I started this blog more than a year and a half ago. To celebrate the occasion I took a snowy morning walk around the National Cathedral, trying not to let it bug me that it’s nearly April. I admit it was pretty… if you like that sort of thing. Personally, I’d prefer to leave mornings like this one to residents of places like Chicago and Montreal, and cross my fingers that Washington has gotten this little bit of rebellion out of its system.

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Miles from Monday: Hunkering Down

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October 29, 2012, Washington, DC: Suffice it to say this is no typical Monday. Already laundry is in the dryer and chili is on the stove. Crossword complete. Floors vacuumed. Leftovers gone. Nearly nap time. Hurricane Sandy is approaching my East Coast hometowns, and she’s making a longwinded entrance. Southport is evacuated. Wall Street and the subway are closed. The federal government and DC schools sit empty. Our cities are rainy and windy, but mostly they are very grey.

I sit down and begin J.K. Rowling’s latest book, The Casual Vacancy. Chapter 1 starts like this: ‘Monday. Brace yourself.’

Now is the time to hunker down. Sandy has miles to go before our hometowns get back to business.

Miles from Monday is a weekly series focused on venturing out of the spaces we inhabit during our work week and retreating to landscapes that feel far from routine.

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Remember That Winter?

Annapolis, Winter 2010

January 27, 2012, Washington, DC: It’ll turn on you without warning, the weather down here in the Mid-Atlantic. A morning like today’s — windows down… the temperature a balmy 61 degrees and rising… dark, severe, layer cake clouds luring you out for a long, warm morning run — and it’s impossible to remember what January is supposed to feel like. Today’s scene is offbeat. Distracting. It’s nothing like that season a few years ago that you swore you’d never forget and yet can’t quite recall in the warmth of this morning.

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