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            Monday, February 17 2003 

Jon Kennedy, webmasterWeather, whether

Being sure that weather (snow and more snow) is topic A in the Valley today, I've decided to go with it. Herewith some general thoughts and generalizations about the weather, as I remember it.

I knew when I was driving from Blacklick Township to Johnstown College through three winters that if I ended up far from the snow and ice-covered roads I wouldn't miss them. Those same winters I was driving to Portage each week on business for the Sedloff Publications, and going where ever the news took me, camera at hand, around the Valley. My migration to Sunny California was not chosen by me but rather was chosen for me, I feel certain. But I've tried to make the best of it, even though my heart never left the hills of home. I don't miss the terror of driving through six inches of snow with a layer of ice below and two-foot drifts ahead. But in case some of you still living with that reality can't imagine ever missing any of what comes with it, here are a few wintry things I do miss.

I miss the beauty of the snow-covered hills, the snow clinging on the trees, hanging down over the bubbling brooks in the woods. I miss icicles and haven't seen even any photographs of them in years. I miss sitting in the back of my Dad's car, or Dick Millward's car in later years, watching the white snowflakes kaleidoscope in from the black night background toward the windshield so furiously that you knew the roads would be closed before you got home. (Most of the time, they weren't.) A similar vision from the driver's seat is also thrilling, but not nearly as conducive of warm peaceful feelings. I miss the feelings of contented resignation when the roads were closed, so long as I was snowbound at home rather than on the way back home.

I miss the days school was closed for too much snowfall, even though we knew we'd have to make up the days in June. I miss snow angels and snow balls, sled rides (but I've never, ever, had a sleigh ride) and, pre-eminently, the joy of skating with nothing but the leather or rubber soles of your shoes or galoshes as skates, sliding down a path of ice you helped to create alongside your schoolmates.

—Webmaster Jon Kennedy

Thanks to Judy Rose for the photographs of Sunday evening's snowfall used on this page.

 One-liners about God (last of series)

20. Compassion is difficult to give away because it keeps coming back.
21. He who angers you controls you.
22. Worry is the darkroom in which negatives can develop.
23. Give Satan an inch and he'll be a ruler.
24. Be ye fishers of men—you catch them and He'll clean them.
25. God doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the called.

—Sent by Trudy Myers

Thought for the day

The proper rewards are not simply tacked on to the activity for which they are given, but are the activity itself in consummation.

—C. S. Lewis,
The Weight of Glory

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