This is the second year that we’ve basically had no summer in Seattle and there was a time when I was still living in Texas that I would have wondered how anyone could think that was bad! I’m not a lover of hot weather, but when it is sunny and warm here it makes you think you’ve died and gone to heaven! It rarely gets beyond the mid 80s during any summer here and when the sky is blue or even with a few big, puffy white clouds, the sun glittering on the blue water of the Sound, it can and does take my breath away. We’ve had a few of those days and the one on my birthday was just one more reason it was such an extraordinary day. But that series of a few gorgeous days seems to have been it for this summer. We’re doing good to get out of the 60s lately; the sun peeks out – maybe for an hour or so and then slips away to shine on some other more fortunate place.
So, I find myself thinking that maybe the weather the past few years with extremes in cold and heat and storms and floods, hurricanes and tornados, is but a reflection of the stormy and destructive time that we are living in, not just in Washington, not just in the United States, but in the world. Is the world trying to warn us of where we’re headed if we don’t get our act cleaned up – literally?
I’ve been watching the convention and while there have been some great and uplifting moments; the disgusting behavior of so many Clinton supporters makes me grateful for the mute button! And just how well do they think they’re going to fare in a country run by John Bush-McCain? Are there actually that many women -- and men who are really that stupid? What a scary thought! I thought she made a great speech last night, but I'm afraid that rather than convincing her followers to vote for Obama, it just made them more determined to vote for McCain, anything to punish Obama for winning the nomination. That thought is even more depressing than the weather.
So, as I looked out my window at another gray and chilly day, I decided to not even turn the TV on today. I’ve dug out some favorite music, found a couple of books that I haven’t read and today I’m going to hide from the world, reality and politics and find another place for my mind to hide out and search for a more peaceful place.
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