Do You Need a Weatherman? An impatient note was pressed into my hand: People with conflicting political opinions or religious beliefs antagonistic to each other are unlikely to get into a shouting match over weather reports or forecasts. We are not called upon to do anything about it, other than prepare for it.
Lay in supplies blizzard or prepare for evacuation hurricanebut no one expects us to stop a weather event in its tracks. More to it than that. In the course of our evolution and yet today, leaving our homes to venture out on land, sea, and air, knowing about weather conditions is important to our survival.
But while the roots of our perennial interest are undoubtedly in the history of our species, fascination with weather goes beyond our need to know. No, what we wanted, we two friends from Michigan, both far from home and missing all that was familiar to us, was to place each other in the alien landscapes we were then inhabiting.
For several years now I have corresponded with a friend in New South Wales, Australia, a friend who has never been to Michigan, as I have never been to Australia.
We may never meet! But we are friends. And not only do we experience different weather but also opposite seasons: Somehow Kathy and I never cease to be amazed at that.
Intellectually, we understand about the northern and southern hemispheresthe tilt of the earth on its axis, but experientially we are all wonderment. We know very well that the need for response to weather and other natural events e.
Who should have done more to prepare? Who failed to respond adequately? Oh, we can do that, all right!
Do you need a weatherman? What direction do you think the winds of change are blowing? For better, for worse — it all depends on your point of view.
What could have flitted through my mind there? Well, the Artist and I made an odyssey to Indiana last weekend. It felt odyssic is that a word? Sarah and the neighbors had a wonderful time — a change of pace for everyone.
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Reasons for the trip, however, were happy ones. After losing my mother, a neighbor, and an old friend three funeralsat last I was going to a wedding!
And we made it home on dry roads before Monday evenings snowfall began. One question in our house, whenever we are preparing for a trip, is: Was not each successive wave of immigrants resented in East Coast cities in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century?
Did the frontier accept each ethnic group equally?
As a research assistant in the s I learned that nineteenth-century Michigan farms were established by waves of settlers first from Pennsylvania and New York and later from the European states eventually consolidated as the German nation.
Turner stresses ongoing conflict between established East Coast colonies and cities and the more sparsely settled agricultural lands on the frontier.
Such conflict was part of the differences that led to the Civil War but was also much larger and longer lasting. No doubt if he could return to the United States in Turner would find evidence to justify himself in holding to his thesis, and it can be a compelling lens or grid, though it is not the only possible or useful organizing principle of American history.
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