Saturday, January 17, 2009

Best of the Week - January 11-17

Mandajuice's mom sent her this article ("15 Reasons Mr. Rogers was Best Neighbor Ever"), which was posted on CNN back in July.

My friend Robin had a link on her blog today to this article by Raymond Leon Roker which was published on HuffPo ("The Crash of Flight 1549: Maybe the Best Metaphor for 2009 We Could Hope For.") You may not agree with the premise, but it does make you think.

Simply amazing doesn't even begin to describe the captain of the US Airways plane that landed safely in the Hudson River on Thursday. As it turns out, there was a heroine too - and she is Brittany Catanzaro, all of 20 years old and captain of a ferry-boat ... and heroine to 24 people onboard that plane.

It was impossible - at least for me - to listen to the news of Thursday's incident and not think of 9/11. Driving home from work, I immediately thought terrorism. I'm not sure how many other people thought that, because I believe that the majority of Americans have forgotten 9/11 and what it was like waking up to this new world on September 12, 2001. We certainly have forgotten about the leadership that President Bush showed our country and the world on that day, as The Dean reminds us in this blog post.

Weather-wise, it's been a frigid week here. Author Beth Kephart has a beautiful poem ("Overwintered") on her blog. I have certainly been feeling overwintered. Still, there is beauty and magic and wonder to this season, as Robin so exquisitely shows us on with these amazing photographs of snowflakes.

Still, I needed a shot of summer this week, and I found it in this post about the very teeny-tiny town where we vacation each year. My aunt and uncle have had a beach house in this town for over 20 years, and in the last few years, we've been taking the kids down and enjoying the beach with them. Said town is getting its own library, thanks to a benefactor's will that provided the necessary start-up funds for this project. I've been following the library's progress through the winter and was thrilled to see this article. In the midst of this winter, the thought of reading on the porch of the beach house makes me feel just a little bit warmer.

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