Guest Editorial: "It's February. It Won't Last"


  • David W Jardine University of Calgary



hermeneutics, Buddhism, grief, suffering, interpretation


The following small reflection was written around a year ago, but it has taken on new urgency for me with Nancy Moules’ (2017) and Kate Beamer’s (2017) writing late last year, and my own more recent (Jardine, 2018), slightly unexpected response.


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Jardine, D.W. (2012). Pedagogy left in peace: On the cultivation of free spaces in teaching and learning. New York, NY: Bloomsbury Publishing.

Jardine, D.W. (2016). In praise of radiant beings: A retrospective path through education, Buddhism and ecology. Charlotte NC: Information Age Publishing.

Jardine, D. W. (2018). Sunflowers, coyote, and five red hens. Journal of Applied Hermeneutics, Article 4. On-Line:

Moules, N. J. (2017) Editorial. Grief and hermeneutics: Archives of lives and the conflicted character of grief. Journal of Applied Hermeneutics, Editorial 1. Retrieved from

Mount Eerie. (2017). A crow looked at me. Compact Disc. P.W. Elverum & Sun Recordings. Release date: March 24, 2017.

Ochs, P. (1967). Crucifixion. From P. Ochs (1967), The pleasures of the harbor. Compact Disc. A&M Records.

Stevens, S. (2015). Carrie and Lowell. Compact Disc. Asthmatic Kitty Records. Catalog: AKR099. Release date: March 31, 2015.

Stevens, S. (2017). The greatest gift. Mix tape. Outtakes, remixes and demos from Carrie and Lowell. Compact Disc. Asthmatic Kitty Records. Catalog: AKR134. Release date: November 24, 2017

Tsong-Kha-Pa. (2000). The great treatise on the stages of the path to enlightenment (Lam rim chen mo). Vol. 1. Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion Publications.

Wallace, B. (1987). The stubborn particulars of grace. Toronto, ON, Canada: McClelland & Stewart.