Friday, February 5, 2010


This is Friday, February 5, 2010, and we are awaiting a predicted 28.1 inch snowfall.  We are definitely in the throes of more winter.  All wishful thinking of an early spring has been put on indefinite hold:

So is there anything positive one can say about this situation?  For one thing, it will be a wonderful way to spend a weekend for those of us who don't need to worry about getting to a hospital in childbirth or some other emergent condition.  We have the time, voluntarily or not, to spend with our families and reading material.  We re-connect with old friends by telephone or e-mail or social networking sites, so long as the electricity holds up.

There is something exquisite and exciting about the city in newfallen snow.  Crimes, traffic and passing-by conversations crawl to a standstill.  Everything lies in a state of suspended animation, except bouncing dogs and exhuberant children temporarily freed from the constraints of everyday existence.  Families and neighbors spontaneously come together to build snowmen and help each other shovel out.  Daily routines are temporarily forgotten, and the world returns to a state of civility.

So long as we have a roof over our heads and food in the fridge, we are grateful for the break in the humdrum of our normal lives.  Let us hope that those who do not have the luxury of a home or the next meal have found respite.

In the meantime, here is an imaginary landscape for you to enjoy.  It is a section of the ceiling in the casita in Boquete, with the contrast and brightness tweaked in Photoshop® to create this unpreditable outcome. 

This is part of a new series, "The Appearance of Reality", where new possibilities appear when the normal constraints of reality are removed.  Like the normal constraints of our daily lives when it snows.

The Appearance of Reality:
Bridging the Gap


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