Ice Storm –
January 3, 2005 – We enjoyed
a quiet, lovely Christmas Day here in the Carolinas until an ice storm
hit late in the evening. It continued through the night. We awoke
the next morning to a cold, dark house with no electricity and no running
Everything outside was covered with a heavy
ice, half an inch thick. The sound of freezing rain echoed through
the morning, punctuated by the crack of falling limbs.
why you didn't
new DaDane last week. No electricity mans no computer. No computer
means no new DaDane. Life is back to normal now, but
we are still clearing out debris from the storm. It made quite a mess
and clean-up is slow. Thank goodness for the tractor.
the New Year
I don't know about you, but in terms of domestic and international
politics, I was happy to see the end of 2004. Good riddance. One
can only hope things will improve in 2005, but I am not exactly holding
my breath. This is a difficult time for our country, and for the world.
Like everyone else with
access to the media, we watched in horror and disbelief as reports
last week about
a cluster of powerful tsunamis spawned by a massive
earthquake in the Indian Ocean. A week later, with over 155,000 known
dead and many thousands missing,
we realize we've witnessed an unprecedented disaster – brought on by
the unfathomable powers of nature.
of 1945, America dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima,
The righteousness of the bombing has been long hotly debated, but
most assuredly for those who were on the ground, it too was an unprecedented
disaster – delivered by mankind, not
It so happens I am reading a
book right now (John Hersey's "Hiroshima") about what it
was like to be a survivor in Hiroshima during the hours, days, weeks
and months following
the bombing. Hersey follows the lives
of six individuals as they struggle to endure and make sense of
their horribly altered world. The book has given me a better perspective
on the truth and intimacy of human suffering in the face of widespread
destruction. Even so, I know I can never fully imagine the emotional
and physical pain
those who survived the recent tsunamis.
It is said that tragedy often
brings out the best in people. I think we're seeing that now. Many
nations and countless individuals are joining together to provide physical
and financial aid to the areas of devastation.
The United Nations reports that more than 2 billion dollars has been
pledged by foreign governments and the World Bank. The United States
has pledged 350 million, and more will likely follow. US military
planes have already delivered over
American citizens and corporations have dug deep into their own pockets.
Thus far, over 160 million has poured into relief agencies from America's
private sector, and it keeps on coming. If you'd like to contribute,
here is a comprehensive list of major aid
I promise next week we'll get back to the business of Great Danes.
Somehow, it didn't seem right to present a
regular Dane story this week after what happened last week.
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