Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Climate change

Quick phone chat today with a friend in Chicago. Me, standing on the balcony in a T-shirt, watching a hummingbird feed from succulent blossoms. Her, standing outside trying to get reception, turning blue. Conversation ended with a thud when the cell phone fell from her stiff, frostbitten hand.

Believe me, I know how good I've got it. My sympathies go out to all my friends in the colder parts of the country.



At January 15, 2009 at 7:29 AM , Blogger Little Sister said...

Thanks, Ben. Send a jar of sunshine and warmth, will ya?

At January 15, 2009 at 3:41 PM , Anonymous Scott J. said...

On the plus side, we can write our names in the snow.

At January 16, 2009 at 10:48 AM , Anonymous Steve Peha said...

Sub-freezing here today in Carrboro, NC. Life has slowed down a bit (like molecules in an ice cube) so I just read what I think was every post you've written in the last couple of years. Great fun. Good writing (of course). But my reaction, more than anything else, is a tremendous sense of vicarious pride in what you've accomplished. Having been there at the beginning (and before), it's great to see that you've beaten all the odds and are really doing the work you want to do.

At January 19, 2009 at 2:21 PM , Anonymous margot carmichael lester said...

wait till the san francisco summer, ben. not snowy, to be sure, but not "summery" by most definitions either. i've had to break out the fleece and gloves several times!


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