Welcome to a New Year at SSU

January 2011 is upon us, and I believe that this will be a wonderful and exciting new year!  After weeks of cold and rain, the month of January is starting bright and sunny.  Classes don’t resume until Jan. 31, so I’m hoping that many of my students are enjoying the Winter Break.

As for me, I’m back at my computer writing research papers, but also enjoying long walks past sleeping vineyards.  The vines are bare of leaves, but the black cordons and slender shoots look like sculptures in the bright sun.  Pruning season is upon is, and soon yellow mustard and orange California poppies will fill the rows between the vines.

January 2011 Wine Quote

My quote for this month comes from D.H. Lawrence’s poem “Grapes”:

Our pale day is sinking into twilight,

And if we sip the wine, we find dreams coming upon us

Out of the imminent night