November in Amber
today at 3:40 pm
Over half way through November, already. There are still a few leaves on the trees. The amber-colored leaves are a beautiful contrast to the sharp blue sky. It is as if the fall is suspended, a leaf held by a thread of spider silk.
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have been declared the new President and Vice-President. The incumbent, Donald Trump, has not conceded yet.
In the meantime, the virus is increasing exponentially, and more people are dying every day. Yes, there is encouraging news of vaccines.
I think of so many Star Trek episodes, where a plague-ridden planet awaited the delivery of a vaccine. But 2020 is not science fiction, although there have been dystopian comparisons to 1984 and The Handmaid’s Tale and the Hunger Games.
Maybe history offers a better perspective–Nero fiddling while Rome burns?
Or a Shakespeare soliloquy before the would-be tyrant exits the stage?
We are in a climate emergency. They’ve run out of names for hurricanes this season. The latest one, Iota, is the strongest Atlantic hurricane this year. Iota is projected to make landfall as a Category 5 storm, in almost the same location as Hurricane Eta, just a few days ago.
It’s been a windy November in Chicago, too. I remember the winds of November and the storms on the Great Lakes–the Edmund Fitzgerald, the iron ore ship, sunk under an iron-gray sky. You can read more about the Edmund Fitzgerald and the winds of November here.
But today, clouds and blue sky, a wind that frees. The bare trees are a reminder that change is the nature of things.
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