January 10 Oddities
This is a lone Oriole that showed up to our feeder this weekend. I don’t think he’s supposed to be here in January – odd, that.
We awoke to an enchanting blanket of snow this morning – also very odd. The local news is fixated on forecasts, school closings and road conditions while the national news covers the tragic shooting in Arizona this weekend – an odd mix of politics and senseless human tragedy.
It takes but one small step from the day-to-day to realize our worlds – personal, local, global – are teetering on an odd edge. Our global climate, our collective empathy, and a general shift of our major institutions all deserve a critical eye as we move through these uncertain yet exciting times.
A dispassionate perspective might yield that these may be mixed blessings – an opportunity for us to demand more clarity, to seek more information not less, and to rethink and reboot systems and institutions that are already outdated.
Today I am thankful for
- a snow day – a mixed blessing of down time and potentially dangerous conditions.
- a weekend filled with wildlife.
- a warm house, a full fridge and a good fire.
For what are you thankful?