In Brief: Fifth Snow Day and Book Reading

Last Wednesday was my school’s fifth snow day of the school year. For students this is a cause for celebration, though for teacher’s, a headache. It’s a pretty good illustration, I believe, of different long-term thinking abilities—students aren’t considering that we’ll now have a total of five days tacked onto the end of the school year. Then again, since half of my students are seniors, perhaps they just plan on not coming, as those days will inevitably be past their graduation date. Perhaps then… they actually do have the long-term figured out.

As I write this (Sunday) it snowed all last night, and this morning we had to scrape snow off of our cars. North Carolina “spring weather” is crazy! But snow days are good days to write, and good days to read. A few things on the shelf, which I will be writing about soon: Blindness by José Saramago, A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L’Engle, and The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe. One of those novels is fantastic. The other is OK. And the other is just awful—it’s boring, incredibly dated, and I’ve been struggling to finish it for over a year. Look for a few write-ups coming soon (and see if you can guess which one I hate)!

–Jeff and Leah

Picture from snow day in question, and perhaps the best picture I’ve ever taken!



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