Groundhog Day – The Last Fairy Tale To Die

Groundhog Day – The Last Fairy Tale To Die

It’s Groundhog Day.

Groundhog Day was one of the last, if not the last fairy tale to die in my younger days.

Long after Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy had been exposed as frauds, I still clung to Groundhog Day.

My main beliefs about Groundhog Day really weren’t passed down to me by my parents or my grandparents although they never did anything to deter my belief in the myth.

It was my own naïve, country boy view of the world that I never shared with anyone until I was much older.    When I still believed in the myth of Groundhog Day and his weather prognostication abilities no one really talked about it so I just thought everyone believed as I did.  Then when I realized just how wrong I was about it I may have been too embarrassed to tell anyone.  But as you get older you just don’t care what others think. Continue reading

The Weather Hype Machine

The Weather Hype Machine

I’ve written before about how social media and the internet has managed to trivialize words and ideas.

Well this past spring my wife and I purchased a home in warm sunny Florida.

We couldn’t move down there right away.  We had twenty five years worth of stuff in our northern home and it sold quicker then anticipated.  But still we had to wait a couple of months to get everything done and be ready to move.

We bought in March and moved in September which meant I was stuck up north while it was hurricane season down south.

I’m a worrier so you can only imagine my concern with the weather and a house I can’t see.

Of course I checked the weather websites every day to see what’s going on. Continue reading