We have all had quite a week, haven’t we? I think it started with the earthquake. It was the biggest one to hit Virginia in a century, Not to be outdone, the Dismal Swamp peat bogs continued to burn and spew smoke all over the southeastern part of the state, and on into Richmond, making it very difficult to breathe for many people with respiratory problems. Add the continuing heat and humidity that has gone on unabated for days on end, and you would think that we had seen and felt it all. But Mother Nature was not quite finished with us, was she? She threw in Hurricane Irene so that we could end our week in a burst of thundrous waves and howling winds. Thank goodness it’s over.
The world has gone on
While many here in Richmond and her surrounding localities stormed the grocery stores looking for batteries and bottled water, the world outside our cities and towns did go on. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial dedication took place on Friday night, and the mix of music, dance and recitations was enjoyed by all who attended. While over 9000 flights were cancelled, we here in the greater Richmond area were snug in our homes and apartments, watching the storm, live, on the weather channel. And we all learned something important about social-networking too. It really does work! Everyone I’ve spoken with has commented on how people from all over the world, yes the world, texted, tweeted, and emailed friends they will never meet, just to say they were thinking about them, and to stay safe. People traded advice, and recalled their own experiences, and it made them feel a little closer, the world not quite so big.
joltleft.com stories to read
Many of you like to read, and you read many of the articles here in the Richmond Examiner. But, have you gone to other examiner pages lately? It is a rewarding experience. Below this article you will find a list of links to a few stories that were interesting, entertaining or just plain thought provoking. Most of them were written over the past few days. For example, there is a story about a self-made preacher that wants all atheists to be included on a registry. Read the story to hear his side of it. Another article that will get you thinking is the one about the best selling book, and now a movie, ‘The Help.’ After reading that story, don’t be surprised if you want to add a comment. Have you ever wondered about how difficult it must be for an immigrant to learn our language? We’ve got a piece about New Americans and English language skills. For those of you that were not able to make it to the MLK Jr. Gala and Memorial dedication, read the full story on everything that went on. And while you’re on these other pages, look around them. You are sure to find something that will catch your eye.