Final grades have been turned in! The new Star Wars movie has been seen (no spoilers here, but I was pleasantly surprised. I felt like I was a kid again!). Two new poetry books have been read!
So far, this is how I have been spending my Holiday Break, which officially started this past Friday. We also had our first major snowstorm of the year. Today, however, it's sunny outside, and I think what snow is on the ground will be gone by tomorrow. In fact, local weather stations are calling for a warm Christmas. A very warm Christmas, they are saying, One for the record books.
I have to admit that I will miss snow for Christmas. But I won't miss navigating icy roads in order to visit family and friends.
In other news, December in general has been full of surprises. I got acceptances from both Briar Cliff Review and Chautauqua -- both journals I admire a great deal. And in between grading final papers and exams, I read the newest issues of Tahoma Literary Review, which includes great work by some of my favorite poets including Joe Wilkins, Gerry LaFemina and Martha Silano. My poem, "Tips for Young Girls Hoping to Avoid the Rapture" is also included.
Now, back to my regularly scheduled pre-holiday festivities. I will return after December 25 with my "Best of Reading Lists" for the year.
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