Feb. 7th, 2017

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Last night Roy Bayfield's Desire Paths mentioned Noneaton and Weddington and George Eliot. This sent me off to refresh my knowledge about her life. I was intrigued by the palpably unflattering and obliquely flattering ways in which her contemporaries described her looks, often focusing on the superficial. I thought a bit about how history remembers great writers longer than great beauties.

Before work I walked the Chisholm Trail off Orlando in Plano. When I walked over the little pedestrian bridge, I saw a Cooper's Hawk cooling its feet in the shallow trickle of a creek. I wondered if it were really a Northern Harrier, but when I checked a reference it was what I first thought, a Cooper's Hawk. Perhaps this bird-hunter thought the creek-wading position was a good place to surprise prey.

The argument of an appellate motion to review the stay of the President's immigration-freeze executive order captured the national imagination. It is a rare moment when a motion to stay an temporary restraining order stimulates so much interest.

Today's weather was so warm it felt like late May. Ring-billed Gulls swam on the little lake in Breckinridge Park. Two large dogs ran pacifically off-collar until their owner called them. "Jan! Eve!", he called, and they came to him.

I am sneezing often, which I think is hay fever but I am not certain.

Breakfast: instant oatmeal
Lunch: three soft chicken tacos
Dinner: a pork loin chop, salad and a sweet potato
Extras: hummus chips, skinny cow ice cream snack, sargento cheese sticks

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