Tuesday 12/19

calendar (n.)
c.1200, “system of division of the year;” mid-14c. as “table showing divisions of the year;” from Old French calendier “list, register,” from Latin calendarium “account book,” from calendae/kalendae “calends” the first day of the Roman month — when debts fell due and accounts were reckoned — from calare “to announce solemnly, call out,” as the priests did in proclaiming the new moon that marked the calends, from PIE root kele- (2) “to call, shout” (see claim (v.)). — Oxford Etymology

I solemnly proclaim “Tuesday” is over. It was not bad, it was not fantastic; it was Tuesday. It was/is freezing. The weather is cruel. I tried to “put all my ducks in a row” and failed. Flurry of emails between me and HR. Later M. and I went for a walk and inspected oak duff for mushrooms. A naked tree above the neighbor’s little yellow house held a murder of crows. The local news battered me with gun control arguments.

Scary movie! “The Woman in Black,”
starring Daniel Radcliffe, and it was

Classic ghost tale with all the
gothic trappings and traps and yet
I fell for all of it

as humans do with their
pre-apocalyptic blues

Random lines from my bookshelf:

Sinwasu probably means “last month of the year.” On corner after corner of the Ginza’s streets, the charity kettles of the Salvation Army hang like infantry rifles. — Yi Sang, “Tokyo”