Carol A. Hand
It wasn’t until the wee hours of the morning yesterday when I finally called it a day. I had checked the National Weather site before shutting down my computer. I noticed the long line of “red” storms (indicating “severe”) racing toward Duluth from the west. It’s been a common occurrence this year, so I climbed upstairs to bed unconcerned.
Photo: Duluth, June 19, 2016 (photographer, Jnana Hand)
Just an hour later, I was awakened by thunder booming and rain pounding on the roof. I turned over and fell back asleep.
By the time I awoke a few hours later, it was sunny and peaceful. Just a few birch and willow branches marked the storm’s passing, something I’m accustomed to on this windy side of town. I picked up the branches and went back to editing another chapter and then wrote yesterday’s blog post. It wasn’t until I received an email from my daughter who’s travelling out west that I realized the magnitude of the storm. In other sections of the city, crews were already busy working to clean up the devastation from the hurricane-strength winds that spared my neighborhood.
A metaphor for the times in which we live. The storms may hit with little warning. Sometimes we’re spared, and other times not. Some things are beyond our control.
Moon Light Breaking Through, July 18, 2016
But what I do find heartening is the ability of people to come together in times of crisis to help each other. It underscores a truth we often overlook – people are basically good, as Sam Cook points out in his essay about Duluth neighbors coming together.
It’s something I see every day in the blogging community. It’s something we help each other remember with every story and photo we share.
Thank you all for building global connections and documenting truth, hope and beauty in the world despite the dark storms that rage around us.
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