Writers' Quirks & Superstitions: #1 Ushanka Hat

Kicking off a new series of blogs about writers' superstitions and quirks. To begin, I'd like to share with you my beloved Ushanka hat.

Like many writers, I honor my own set of quirks and superstitions when it comes to the creative process.
Take the photo on your left.

That oversized sherling hat, known to the Russians as a “ushanka,” first took roost on my head at Colby College in Waterville, ME, If you haven’t been to Maine, you may have heard stereotypes…come late November, the temperature drops, the grass sinks under feet of snow, and we furless humans are left darting between buildings to keep our mitts warm and our eyelashes thawed. Like the Uggs on my feet, this shearling kept me warm for several winters atop my study carrel in Miller library. Out of comfort (and perhaps habit), I am still rarely found in my New York writer’s den without it. When friends or family poke fun at me, the 5’2 writer in overlarge hat, I like to say, “it keeps my brain warm.”

Although New York winters can’t compare to those in Maine, I love that there’s no need to pack on layers of sweaters or crank up the heat to stay warm. My Ushanka does that on its own.

 What's your good luck charm that helps you sit down to focus?