Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Today, the Weather is My Friend

Last night, my second evening class was canceled because the professor was still snowed in (he lives in a more rural area). In light of having been up with food poisoning until 5:00 that morning, I greatly appreciated being able to come home early and then go to bed early. I was a little disappointed at the the same time, however, as I greatly enjoy that class. Plus, I was prepared to give a presentation last night, and now I'll have to do a longer one next week, since I'll be presenting on two weeks of research rather than just on one. On the whole, though, getting home early was a blessing.

Today, the weather is once again on my side. I have been really struggling to get through a particularly dull, dry book that one of my professors assigned, and kept wistfully thinking how nice it would be to have another week to get through this monotonous reading. Mercy smiled upon me! That particular class is cancelled tonight, as we are dealing with icy roads, and are expecting more snow today. What a blessed relief to have an extra week! Of course, that means that I still have to read the next book (the one for this week), but it really doesn't look too bad.

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"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"