August 1, 2016

Gloucester, MA. February, 2015

Every year on this date, I think of my friend Nick's grandmother who used to say, "August is the beginning of winter." Of course, she said it in the dialect of her Italian town of Grottaminarda, where maybe the nights were cooler in August. (SLS reader Miguel from Coimbra tells me that in his native Portugal they also say primeiro de Agosto, primeiro de inverno -- “first of August, first of winter.”) But as I type this in Watertown, MA, we're experiencing a most unpleasant heat wave, and winter doesn't seem like such a bad alternative.

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