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Ice, radio, and names

Anyone who drives the Massachusetts Turnpike between Westfield and Blandford enjoys the Cthulhu-esque ice that cascades down the rock face every winter. There are shades of blue, green, and gold in it, as well as white. I suppose you get similar in any cold place with rock faces? I always want to get a photo, but it's hard because it's not a place you can really walk to (being on an interstate and all), and if you're traveling in a car, you're speeding on by.

And yet! I got this shot the other day:


I was coming back from visiting my father for his birthday, and, simultaneously, volunteering for WAMC's fund drive. Here is pledge central! On the walls are framed doodles done by Pete Seeger.


See--it's Joe Donohue, doing the pledge drive patter!

Joe Donohue

While I was there, for every pledge of $100, Charlesbridge Press was donating three books to the Reach Out and Read program. This program gives books to doctors' offices, and the doctor then "prescribes" books to families with small children to encourage families to read together. This holistic approach to a person's well being (recognizing that family time and education are important to health) is popular right now--this article by Deborah Youngblood of the Crittendon Women's Union is about getting public services to work together (and getting them accessible at one point of contact) to help people climb out of poverty. Anyone who's ever suffered from a long bout of very low income knows that you spend your time moving from crisis to crisis, and on top of that, dealing with seventeen zillion different social services uses up *tons* of time, especially if you don't have reliable transportation. Having things accessible at one point, and interacting with each other, could make a huge difference. ... But I digress.

I'm off to jail later today. One woman and I were talking about "a" and "an"--how the rule that you use "an" with words beginning with a vowel is *mainly* true, but that there are exceptions, like "unique," that depend on the *sound* of what you're saying.

"You wouldn't write 'an unique book,'" I said.

"An-unique," she murmured. "That would make a pretty name."

"Yeah it would!" I said, imagining it. "It sounds like a ballet dancer's name."

Take care all. See you later this weekend.


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Feb. 6th, 2015 01:59 pm (UTC)
Very short exposure times in good lighting is wonderful for stuff like that. So is traffic.

That is probably the only nice thing I will ever say about traffic.

Edited at 2015-02-06 02:01 pm (UTC)
Feb. 7th, 2015 09:27 pm (UTC)

I've seen the gorgeous pictures up, yours and Emma's, at your blog. I'll stop by later to comment.
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Feb. 6th, 2015 02:13 pm (UTC)

I'm all in favour of anything which encourages reading!
Feb. 7th, 2015 09:26 pm (UTC)
There are a lot of programs supporting reading these days--it's great.
Feb. 6th, 2015 02:15 pm (UTC)
Lovely photo up top!

Have a great day!
Feb. 7th, 2015 09:25 pm (UTC)
It was a good day. I got to say goodbye to someone I've worked with a lot who's being released.
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Feb. 6th, 2015 02:38 pm (UTC)
I've always wanted to get a picture of that roadside ice! Nice. The ice down Binghamton way does the same thing, with shades of blue and green.

I grew up listening to WAMC. I was so happy to be able to listen to it in western MA!
Feb. 7th, 2015 09:25 pm (UTC)
It was a thrill to be in the station :-)
Feb. 6th, 2015 02:58 pm (UTC)
We have a wonderful cliffside of ice next to a busy road here too. Someday I'm going to get a photo of it. I have thought making a video might be the best way to show it. I like yours and your description of all the colors - very true!
Feb. 7th, 2015 09:24 pm (UTC)
A video would be lovely. I'd love to get up close to the ice one day.
Feb. 6th, 2015 03:59 pm (UTC)
I worked for Charlesbridge in the early 1990s. I think it has finally come into its own.
Feb. 7th, 2015 09:23 pm (UTC)
I thought that was the one you worked for! They sure have.
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Feb. 7th, 2015 09:22 pm (UTC)
I agree. True poetry.
Feb. 6th, 2015 07:32 pm (UTC)
I used to have amazonite beads in the exact same colour as that ice, beautiful. :)
Feb. 7th, 2015 09:22 pm (UTC)
It's a gorgeous color!
Feb. 7th, 2015 12:04 am (UTC)
Fantastic ice photo.
There is a human-dog demigod at the top of the column.
Feb. 7th, 2015 09:22 pm (UTC)
I can't quite see it--if you circled it, I probably would, though...
Feb. 7th, 2015 12:25 am (UTC)
I love community radio! :) And I liked the ice photo very much, though I have never read (seen? - is he comic-book or cartoon or movie?) Cthulhu, so I can't comment on the resemblance.
Feb. 7th, 2015 09:21 pm (UTC)
He's a Lovecraft monster. I haven't ever read any Lovecraft, but it's sort of in the air among some of the writing folks I know. He has many tentacles coming out in his mouth region that sort of look like the various tentacles of ice here. It's more things like the toy below than the actual monster that I was thinking of...

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Feb. 7th, 2015 12:48 am (UTC)
I suspect that the ice requires that things be near the freezing point -- since they're snow melt that freezes in the cliff's colder air.

We get 'em here in Connecticut, too. Sometimes even thick enough for the green and the blue.
Feb. 7th, 2015 09:16 pm (UTC)
Nice. When they have that blue tinge to them, I think of icebergs.
Feb. 7th, 2015 03:22 am (UTC)
That's a great photo of the ice! There's a big tree covered in mistletoe on my way to work that I'd like to get a photo of, but I've never had a chance because I'm usually driving and it's only visible for a second or so as you flash past.
Feb. 7th, 2015 09:15 pm (UTC)
Yeah; you need to be the passenger so you can get ready to take the shot at the one moment the tree is nicely visible.
Feb. 8th, 2015 08:39 am (UTC)
Lovely. I see these kinds of frozen falls in the Black Mountains behind my mil's place and always want a photo. And like you, we are always driving!
Feb. 8th, 2015 03:06 pm (UTC)
Maybe if J drives and you have your camera at the ready...
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