Monday, February 15, 2010

Skating Away on the Thin Ice of a New Day

Days are getting longer, but no snow in awhile. The big storms to our south have barely clipped us. Looks like tomorrow could change that. Went skating Sunday on Long Pond, taking advantage of the lack of snow cover. Michael is directly in the beam of sunlight in this photo, with the two girls off in the distance and Susan just skating out of the frame. Reminds me of the Jethro Tull song, "Skating away, on the thin ice of a new day..."
except this ice is about ten inches thick and the winter has reached that stage when it's not that new anymore. The ice is chopped up by all the snowmobiles tracking across the pond. We need a big storm to shake us out of the doldrums. Is this a metaphor for the country? It certainly seems like our politics are frozen in a dangerous downward spiral between the Supreme Court decision on corporate free speech rights, the Scott Brown victory and decisions by Patrick Kennedy and Evan Bayh to step away from the fray. Running for cover, or skating away on the thin ice of the day, and who can blame them. In tough times you do what's right for yourself and your family. There's a certain meme in the air that's saying it's too late to right this ship. Personally, I think we are yet to see it really start. Others will rise to the occasion to take their place. Keep your skates tied.
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