Here comes 2008!
The Kerneys are back from a wonderful Christmas trip and I am catching up on a number of things including the Glog. To provide you a good sense of what is going on in Bethel, I borrowed the following from the NOAA’s National Weather Forecast just now:
620 AM EST MON DEC 31 2007
...HEAVY SNOW WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 2 PM EST THIS AFTERNOON... THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR WESTERN MAINE. .DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT PLEASE LISTEN TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR GO TO WEATHER.GOV ON THE INTERNET FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE FOLLOWING HAZARDS. A HEAVY SNOW WARNING CONTINUES IN EFFECT UNTIL 2 PM. TOTAL STORM ACCUMULATIONS OF 6 TO 9 INCHES WILL BE POSSIBLE BY EARLY AFTERNOON. .DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...TUESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY MORE HEAVY SNOW WILL BE POSSIBLE TUESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT AS LOW PRESSURE MOVES THROUGH THE GULF OF MAINE. SNOWFALL AMOUNTS OF 6 OR MORE INCHES WILL BE POSSIBLE BY WEDNESDAY MORNING.
This is on top of perhaps 6 inches we received early Saturday and a whole bunch of the white stuff that was already on the ground. Bethel it is truly a winter wonderland.
Yesterday, I took a break from writing recommendations and thinking about how we will approach our studies of China and the rest of Asia to take a great x-country ski. I left the truck at Twin Bridges and broke trail up past Frenchman’s and way up the trail. Mine was the first set of new tracks for most of the trip, which made for hard work going in and a beautiful ski coming back. If anyone is looking for a wonderful way to spend a couple of hours, I would highly recommend this trip, where the only distractions were the various babble, rushes and roars of the stream, a couple of flushed birds, the sounds of my skis breaking snow and my own laboring! Fortunately, others will not have to put up with the latter.
It has been a vacation of lots of great reading, including the following:
- “The Headmaster’s Dilemma” ( a story about an ethical challenge in a boarding school)
- “iWoz” (Steve Wozniak’s autobiography about the founding of Apple and his perspective on technology)
- Carl Hiaasen’s newest “Nature Girl” (he makes me laugh out loud (LOL!) about our foolish ways while really thinking about the long term implications of these same habits
- and I am immersed in Kevin Sites’ “In The Hot Zone”. This is his personal account of not just his single handed reporting of twenty different areas of global conflict over the last year but also the experience of being the one of the first reporters in conflict for the
‘new media’, in this case Yahoo News. The book is terrific and provides background not just on some important regions but also clash of democratic ideals in news reporting in less open societies. You can also follow the Hot Zone stories at this link.
And unfortunately, tellingly, ironically (I am not sure what the right emotion is, but any of these could work), I was reading Sebastian Junger’s most recent account in Vanity Affair of having been in Afghanistan right as the news of Benazir Bhutto’s assassination broke. The article (click here for a link) is well done, and only serves as additional background as to why this latest terrible act is likely to only further destabilize this challenging region.
On that note, I will sign off at this point, wishing all a Happy New Year and offering the challenge to think about what we can each do to help the world be a little more at peace in 2008.
Best wishes for a happy, healthy and more peaceful 2008.