But often it's not what it seems….

Chicago's all a twitter about its latest blizzard. While the blizzard warning holds until 3pm today and we may not have seen the worst yet, I figured I'd check out the damages.

I woke fairly late and the sun  was obviously trying to make an appearance – oh, no, that groundhog will see his shadow after all!!

Here's what I saw from my front window:


Ok, So, I can't see the sidewalk or the lovely bushes we planted to line it. But it could be a lot worse. I figured I'd go out and see, first hand, just how cold it is and how much digging I'd be doing.

Out the back door, where my car is parked, this is what I found…

That's my car…the second one from the left with the windshield wipers sticking up above the snow!  Looks like I'm going to be home-bound until Spring. Of course, that's not so bad. I work at home. I'm not particular anxious about digging out of this. Heck, I lived through the big one. Back in 1967, we had 23" of snow and the city came to a complete stand still. The reports say this is only the 3rd worst blizzard has seen in in recorded history. So it can't be all that bad, Right?

But wait- there's another side of this story….Things aren't always what they seem. I'm not making light of this. It is a serious storm that hit us. And I know reports across the country are reporting horrible impacts on the city. 

But having lived in different parts of the country, and talking with others about how weather is reported, I've learned that things aren't always what they seem. Here's a perfect example of how news doesn't always get the whole story.

Shovel out? Hey, I can do this!! Stranded? Not really. Slowed down a bit? You bet!




The More Things Change...

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Apr 282008


Do you get the sinking feeling that the world is going to Hell in a hand basket of late? Well, you’re not alone, those of us who have watched history repeat itself over and over again in our life times, are indeed more than a little disturbed by events since the turn of the century. We had great visions of a grand new world where peace would reign and we’d finally enjoy an era of worldwide prosperity.

Instead, the first decade of the 21st century seems to have brought us a general melt-down on all sides…global as well as local. We’ve seen enough war and destruction to fill a library of books rivaling War and Peace in sheer volume. And it doesn’t stop with global issues. Even our families and neighborhoods are at odds with each other. Control and dominance is pervasive everywhere.

In the midst of all the negatives, memories of Sr. Mary’s history classes keep haunting me. She was one stern history teacher. Few of my high school teachers were as demanding as she. Oh, how we hated memorizing all those dates! And, her exams were something else! It wasn’t enough to know the dates…we knew we’d be expected to deliver written essays on the pros and cons, whys and wherefores of wars and famines in bygone eras…stuff that "nobody cares about today". But she stood firm. "History repeats itself," she’d tell us. "You must understand the past if you expect to build a better future." 

I know, for a fact, she wouldn’t much approve of "sound bytes" that we get for news today. Heck, if we’d tried to slap together anything like the news reports we get in today’s media we would have been assured an "F".

So, even though I’m not a particularly political type person, I’m truly glad that we have the internet and well-stocked libraries. It does take some digging to get past the media hype and claptrap, but we can drill down to get to the story behind the story if we really want to. And, in doing so, we can bring perspective to our present human condition. Because, Sr. Mary was right… history does repeat itself…the more things change…the more they remain the same. 

The great orator Cicero (106-143 B.C.) had much the same concerns we have today. He’s said to have complained, "Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book…."

Just look how far we’ve come from there. ‘spose we can finally achieve the kind of change that will make a difference this time? Hope springs eternal.

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