Mary Beth Writes

These photos were taken by Len on Monday in that other time and world that existed before the Trump gorgons mobbed the Capitol. (Gorgons existed in Greek literature. Gorgons are the poisonous siblings with hair of living snakes. Those who beheld them face-to-face turned to stone. Or were killed by being beaten by a fire extinguisher.)

I have been trying to write about that but it is too hard. There is so much that is clear and is informative. You are reading it as much as I am. Blessed be the journalists, right? 

Let’s just go with “Write to your Congresspeople to tell them to DO SOMETHING!” Let’s say that yes, as we already knew, our society, especially law enforcement, is as racist as the Confederacy. And also, this was not a protest that got out of hand. This was a planned attack.

And then - here are some pretty pictures.

Soft rime is a white ice deposition that forms when the water droplets that are in fog or mist freeze to the outer surfaces of objects. Curiously, it usually freezes on the windward side of tree branches, wires, or any other solid objects.

There was little to no wind on Monday, so the rime ice coats nearly everything.

Soft rime is similar in appearance to hoar frost. But rime is formed by vapor condensing to liquid droplets and then attaching to a surface. Hoar frost is formed by direct deposition from water vapor to solid ice. A heavy coating of hoar frost can look like soft rime, but the formation process is different.

I copied and slightly edited this explanation from Wikipedia. I use Wikipedia so much in my life I am one of those who contributes to it. Remember when an encyclopedia cost hundreds of dollars?

Our bistro lights on Monday morning.

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The traffic cones look fake.

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Len walked on the Drumlin Trail.

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If you look closely, you can see that the small tree seems pinkish. I think there were berries on it.

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Do you remember when you first heard about Jack frost painting frost pictures on windows? Remember sitting in the backseat of your family’s car, breathing a peek hole through the frost, so that you could see out?

Frost is ephemeral and so beautiful. I would miss frost if I lived where it was always warm and sunny.

Well, probably I would miss it.

 

 

 

 

 

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The drive to Rockford to celebrate the epiphany with Mr. P was absolutely wonderful because of the rime ice that covered everything in sight... In Racine we had none and it didn't begin until I was on 173and had passed through Antioch Illinois... I had visions of being in the land of the Snow Queen, it was beautiful... When Mr. P and I went for an hour walk it was absolutely gorgeous from the vantage point of his subdivision with all it's hills and gangs of 20 or so male turkeys wandering across the yards and streets as if they owned them... The rime ice on the way back home yesterday was even more spectacular than the drive down...

Thank you for explaining the difference between rime and hoar frost. I wondered about that but hadn’t bothered to look it up yet. I have very much enjoyed seeing this beautiful winter wonderland. I keep thinking of The desiderata, it is still a beautiful world and most people have good hearts.

Thanks for the beautiful photos MB and Len, and all you do.

Hmmm. Funny, I don’t miss frost much at all here.
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Hah! I was thinking of your lovely FB Desert at Dawn photos...

Love all the pictures. Thanks for the frost lesson. I learned something !

I learned about hoar frost from an astute teacher in grade school at Trautwein, but I never hear of rime frost. I was awed by the beauty of the frost this week and now I know the name. Thank you for the wonderful pictures, Len, and the explanation, Mary Beth.

Beautiful pictures. Peaceful. Quiet. Will we ever feel quiet again? Patricia

Aaaaahhh...thank you Len, for taking those incredibly beautiful photographs and Mary Beth for sharing them. I needed an "aaaaahhhh moment".
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Oh Brother, don't we all....

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Three Things / Story, Eclipse, Brando

1. I scheduled my Substack story to go out at 8AM this morning. I just looked to see why it didn’t show up and it says it is going to be sent at 8:49 tonight. I’m going to leave it like that. Maybe 9PM on a weekend night is a good time to send short fiction. Let me know if you have an opinion.

2. I read this quote by Marlon Brando who said this early in his career. “I’m not afraid of anything and I don’t love money.”

Even though this is probably not exactly true of me and you, I do love the bravado.

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I just finished reading Peace Like a River by Leif Enger and I am going to talk about it for a little bit before I forget how profoundly interesting and evocative this book was and is, at least to me.

I get emails from Boswell Bookstore (2559 N Downer Ave in Milwaukee). They host artist events pretty often and Monday evening, April 15th Len and I will be there for the Author Evening with Leif Enger. You can look up more of the details if you are interested. (Tickets are free but you need to reserve them.)

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This is what I texted to Len this afternoon after I finished the poetry class with third graders. “I’m done and back. The kids were great and I’m a limp washrag, Teaching forty 8-year-olds for 90 minutes is way more energy than Everest.” I then drank half a beer (I NEVER drink in the afternoon) and fell asleep until the Mineral Point afternoon ‘change of shift siren’ shrieked for several minutes. It’s been a full day.

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Next week is my Writers Week at Shake Rag Alley in Mineral Point, WI. I won this when my story “How Crow Got Out of Jail” (Read Here) won first prize in the 2023 Wisconsin Writers Association Jade Ring contest for short fiction.

Winning that contest motivated me to open my Substack account. So far I’ve published 17 stories and only published once twice. (Who noticed that?)

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