The autumn leaves are falling like rain. Although my neighbors are all barbarians and you, you are a thousand miles away, there are always two cups at my table.

T’ang Dynasty poem

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.

~ Wu-men ~


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

It's Friggin' Cold!

Winter has decided to pay a visit to the Winter Wonderland known as Michigan.

I've been reading A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens to help get into the spirit of the season.

As the wind chill has slid into minus double digits, I've come around to thinking that I should read The Call of the Wild by Jack London next, or maybe his short story To Build a Fire.

To Build a Fire is a short story about a prospector in Alaska during the Gold Rush who struggles to build that fire before he freezes to death.

Rick over at Wujifa was kind enough to send me a link to as audio version of the short story. You can listen to it here. Enjoy... and STAY WARM.

4 comments:

walt said...

Personally, I suspend tai chi practice at 40 degrees -- much less, the minus double digits! I figure on x-tra cold days that qigong (inside) is my friend.

I know: a real Weather-Wuss.

Winter + good books = Yes!
(This one is interesting.)

Rick said...

That one is on my wish list already!

Yes, I get a lot more reading done during the winter.

walt said...

Well, it's self-published, and not the "smoothest" of presentations. But, if you're interested in...
1- Tao,
2- Tao Te Ching, or, say,
3- Reality
...it's very interesting.

Here is the author's website, which will afford you an intro to his project.

walt said...

And he lives near Chicago, btw, just down the road from the Kitchen...