Spring and Summer Thunderstorms – Haiku and Reflection

the thunderheads like
football players line the sky
the seasons first hit

In this strange “sprinter” and “sprummer,” which is the best way I can describe the winter and spring we have had, we have already had some thunderstorms, as news stories of deadly carnage across the Midwest attest to. Yet what I am trying to get at in this haiku is a very particular type of spring or summer morning when one wakes up and, though the sun may be shining and it may even be hot, one gets the sense that there is a good chance that thunderstorms may be popping up all day long. Indeed, one corner of the western sky may already be a mass of dark brooding thunderheads with muffled peals of thunder in the distance. There a couple of scenes in the movie Twister which capture this bright morning calm before the storms quite well.

I am not sure today will be that sort of day, but some rumbling of thunder in the middle of the night got me thinking. Oh, and I am thankful that the past few weeks have been more reminiscent of a normal St. Louis spring with cooler temperatures and even some soaking rains. Now I am a little more ready to bear the heat.

The Anatomy of a Conversation – More Than Skin Deep – Modeling the Art of Listening….I Could Go On and On

Walking through the library tonight after having taught a library instruction session (which is part of what I do in my day job), I saw that these two models had been set down in interesting poses relative to one another. Even in passing by I could see that there were some close ups that might tell a story. So after work, I dug out my camera and went to work with the models just as they were positioned. I swear, I didn’t move a muscle 😉

It is amazing to me how in some shots it looks like one model is talking, and in others the second one seems to be. Based on their posture, gaze, and touch it seems like they are practicing some pretty good communication and listening skills.