Inspirations from Kerouac and Grizzly

December 27, 2011

As per normal, Christmas came, stayed for a while, and then departed, leaving behind the usual assortment of goodies. Grizzly finally got his Christmas fix and, though he was forced to spend all of yesterday with a gold bow around his neck, found the holiday quite enjoyable. He still can’t quite believe that it is over. He spent his day today rooting around under the snow for mice, but don’t worry, he never catches them. His inspiring quote for the day is:


Here in Bethel, while all of the students were gone, we were lucky enough to have a “white” Christmas. “White” is in quotation marks because there just isn’t quite enough to merit a true white Christmas. It makes nordic skiing pretty difficult, having to drive long distances or just ski in compromised conditions. Some of the alpine skiers have seen us up at the mountain, waking up early so we can ski around the Barker lift and be gone by 9:00 when the lifts open. It’s still skiing, just not that great, heavenly kind of skiing that you wish for on Christmas vacation.

But, what do you do? I have been reading Jack Kerouac’s On the Road over break, and he’s got some pretty wise and inspiring quotations. A good one that I found:

“For the first time in my life the weather was not something that touched me, that caressed me, froze or sweated me, but became me.”

I don’t know exactly what he was referring to at that moment, but it seems relevant, since we were on the subject of weather. Now, I’m not going to stop worrying about the weather anytime soon, and I’m not usually a proponent of apathy, but Kerouac reminds me to be just a little bit more carefree, and to take things as they come. On a similar thread, I’ll leave you with one more Kerouac quote to ponder:

“…we all must admit that everything is fine and there’s no need in the world to worry, and in fact we should realize what it would mean to us to UNDERSTAND that we’re not REALLY worried about ANYTHING.”

Enjoy the rest of the holidays, and let’s hope that vacation lasts just a little bit longer. It always seems too short!





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