A Fragrant Night

Hot as the firecrackers that were going off in Utah Valley to celebrate Pioneer Day! But we choose not to have air conditioning, relying on our system of open windows and thick insulation and passive solar shade to get us through July and August. And to keep us in touch with nature.

 

Just as we were settling into bed a smattering of rain raised the wild scents that come off bone-dry sage and bunch grasses and oakbrush.

 

A couple of hours later a skunk announced itself with its omnipresent redolence.

 

Both scents had faded by the time a fire in the next canyon to the north sent hints of its acrid conflagration our way.

 

Imagine missing that array of scent while shivering under a sheet in a sealed house.

About Scott Abbott

I received my Ph.D. in German Literature from Princeton University in 1979. Then I taught at Vanderbilt University, BYU, and Utah Valley State College. At Utah Valley University, I directed the Program in Integrated Studies for its initial 13 years and was also Chair of the Department of Humanities and Philosophy for three years. My publications include a book on Freemasonry and the German Novel, two co-authored books with Zarko Radakovic (REPETITIONS and VAMPIRES & A REASONABLE DICTIONARY, published in Serbo-Croatian in Belgrade and in English with Punctum Books), a book with Sam Rushforth (WILD RIDES AND WILDFLOWERS, Torrey House Press), a "fraternal meditation" called IMMORTAL FOR QUITE SOME TIME (University of Utah Press), and translations of three books by Austrian author Peter Handke, of an exhibition catalogue called "The German Army and Genocide," and, with Dan Fairbanks, of Gregor Mendel's important paper on hybridity in peas. More famously, my children are in the process of creating good lives for themselves: as a model and dance/yoga studio manager, as a teacher of Chinese language, as an ecologist and science writer, as a jazz musician, as a parole officer, as a contractor, as a seasonal worker (Alaska and Park City, Utah), and as parents. I share my life with UVU historian Lyn Bennett, with whom I have written a cultural history of barbed wire -- THE PERFECT FENCE (Texas A&M University Press). Some publications at http://works.bepress.com/scott_abbott/
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