The Risk of Letting Go


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You know it is cold outside when you blink a few times and the ice on your lashes locks your eyelids shut.  It is approximately -37 C (-33 F) here in Barnaul Siberia now, and I am thinking seriously about the risk of just “letting go.”  The cold has a way of sticking it to you… right in your face, and anywhere else it can find an opening.  It creeps under your clothes and into your bones; and it screams out coldly, silently, for a reply.  But you go on hunting and foraging, and trudging around trying to find a warmer clime to inhabit.  If you are lucky you find it. If not, you wind up here, in Siberia.

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About kulturcritic

With a doctorate in religious studies from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree from the University of Chicago, Sandy had a ten-year academic career, with appointments at University of Virginia and the Colorado School of Mines. He spent the next twenty years in executive ranks at several of America’s largest international firms, including Computer Sciences Corporation, Ernst & Young, and General Electric. He has traveled extensively throughout Europe and North America, as well as parts of Eurasia and Africa. For the past five years Sandy has been living in Western Siberia with his wife and young child, teaching at the Pedagogical University and the Altai Institute for Law and Economics in Barnaul, Russia. Published works include VERONIKA: The Siberian's Tale (a novel), (Islands Press 2011) Apocalypse Of The Barbarians: Inquisitions On Empire (Islands Press, 2010), The Recovery of Ecstasy: Notebooks From Siberia (Booksurge, 2009), Recollective Resolve: A Phenomenological Understanding of Time and Myth (Mercer University Press, 1987), Ethical Decisionmaking Styles (Addison-Wesley Press, 1986), and Gandhi in the Postmodern Age: Issues in War and Peace (CSM Press,1984).
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6 Responses to The Risk of Letting Go

  1. Misko says:

    Damn, and I thought it was cold here! Hope you got warm clothes, fire and wife! :¬)

  2. claude15c says:

    When it is that cold, there is little humidity. When I was younger, in school, we would always have a period in February when it was -40 for two weeks. The ice was hardly slippery for our skates while playing hockey!.
    Have a look at these clips : notice the baby go naked in the igloo !!
    These people are having fun!
    and this incredible movie : Atanarjuat

    p.s. I miss the cold… (wonder at what temperature vodka freezes ? lol )

  3. Mushin says:

    Wow bro feel sorry for you at the moment. I am on my way to Caracas Venezuela for a few months and will holographically be sending you viral Vodka via feral shamanic pathways. I invite you and your partner to visit Caracas maybe we can stir up a revolutionary renaissance while we unfreeze you on the beach. Is that a cruel comment? I will miss our coffee engagement in your next trip to Denver. Of course in Denver you will be running around in shorts! Latter Mushin

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