A couple of days ago, I wrote a sci-fi take on a genuine news story. I had just figured out how to embed pictures in posts and it was a fun exercise. What a thrill and an honor to see this post on the Digital Trib! There it was, alongside breaking news stories and Mary Schmich’s thoughtful columns.
Yes, we need stories, as well as news. It is the stories we will carry with us to other worlds, someday, maybe. That is our resilience, and if you will, our antifreeze. Yes, we will always need stories, too.
And, there will be many stories of these times. Will we be telling them in packing boxes under the viaducts, while giant insects scrabble over the expressways, hunting the speeding cars? Well, that’s another science-fiction story…
This is reality. Earth is becoming the alien planet, now.
This winter may be epic. Records broken, weird weather all over the world. Steve Dale did an excellent report on the impact of these weather extremes. You can read it, here.
Let’s review the winter here so far. Tornadoes. Early snowfall. Heavy snow accumulation, followed by a brief deep freeze. And now, almost a heat wave of 40 degrees, and rain!
“CHIBERIA is melting,” I wrote, “like a memory or a dream.” Friday night was a nightmare–freezing rain falling on snow, snow melting on still-frozen ground and a choice of wading through ice-cold water on the sidewalks or negotiating ice-slick streets and heavy traffic. In between, impassable mountains of dirty snow.
There were hundreds of accidents, spin-outs and road closures. Hazardous is an understatement! Now, there are potholes.
Weather is not climate, so they say. Weather is what happens every day. Climate is weather patterns over time. As they also say, these are interesting times.
Climate change is the new reality. We are not the only ones, here. We share this world with countless other creatures. We’re going to have to adapt or die. But we are resourceful, too, aren’t we? Aren’t we?
Watch out for the potholes.
I’m drying out the winter boots with newspapers.
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