Monthly Archives: December 2011

Afton Diary, Dec. 20

The sun came up today. Yep, it happened again. Go figure. I know because I’ve become a blithering, blathering sunrise junky. I set the alarm for 5-something, slap the snooze a couple of times, shuffle down to get the coffee … Continue reading

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Afton Diary, Dec. 16

I saw my first shooting star this morning. Not my first ever, as I’ve seen plenty of meteors, comets and assorted cosmic debris come streaking through the sky. They never cease to thrill. This, however, marked the first since embarking … Continue reading

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Afton Diary, Dec. 14

Cruel Aurora, Spreading heroes’ blood across the distant ridge; The sap from a thousand wounded warriors Pools like a crimson lake around the mountains. Mars himself strides just beyond the horizon, Coming toward me in quiet, sullen rage And terrible … Continue reading

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Afton Diary, Dec. 13

I need to learn more words for colors. At what point does scarlet become crimson? When does pink become rose? When does a creek become a stream become a river? Being on Afton is teaching me to view the sunrise … Continue reading

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Afton Diary, Dec. 10

I counted my lucky stars (and planets) this morning as I started my very first run on the Blue Ridge Parkway. I began before the brunt of the rush-hour traffic. The only things moving were these deer in a meadow … Continue reading

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Afton Diary, Dec. 8

Dec. 8, 2011 I sit in front of a picture window facing east and watch the far ridge go through every shade of red, pink and orange I can imagine, like a river of color slowly flowing across the hills … Continue reading

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