“April is the cruellest month”

So said T. S. Eliot in 1922.  Every time we get to April in the academic year, I have to agree with him.  So many delightful things (weather! walks! flowers! planting seeds!), but so little time to appreciate them.  Lots of major papers to grade and so few weeks before the semester ends–but not so few that you can just barrel through.  I am clearly a bit overly tired this week.  Today, after watching me go in circles in our conversation, Sydney finally laid it out there for me:

“You are barking up a red herring.”

Nothing like mixing metaphors to slap an English major back into wakefulness.


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