Saturday, December 26, 2015
Climate Change Deniers Waiting on Hell to Freeze Over
You’ve heard of “Christmas in July.” Well, we just experienced “July in Christmas.” How can anyone, especially the leaders and wanna be presidents of this country, continue to deny the obvious?
At the Conference on Climate Change in Paris this month, 195 countries came together and signed onto a plan to combat global warning. Yet, in the United States of America, we are divided, mostly along party lines, on whether global warming is even occurring, despite overwhelming empirical evidence. Waiting until hell freezes over to act will be too late!
In my column last week, my wish for you was to “make a memory.” That’s what I thought of on Christmas Eve as the tornado sirens were sounding and an emergency warning came over our phones to “take cover now!” As George and I were running in circles bumping into each other, my mind was screaming, “I didn’t mean this kind of memory!” Had it been an actual tornado, I’m pretty sure we would be in Kansas right now because we never left our porch. Our lack of action had more to do with disbelief than panic.
I’m sure my neighbors, who live along the banks of the Towaliga River, were also experiencing disbelief as they hurriedly moved out their precious belongings from their homes to avoid the floodwaters. When you live on the river, this is not an extremely rare occurrence, but not at Christmas time!
This Christmas time flooding does have one redeeming aspect. A check with High Falls State Park revealed they are experiencing an unusual number of day-trippers viewing the vicious water spewing over the dam and the rocks. Families are taking advantage of this occurrence to enjoy the outdoors and spending time with each other. Now that’s a good Christmas memory!
As we put away our Christmas bounty and pack away our decorations, it’s time to turn our attention to the New Year celebration. Do you believe in the traditional New Year’s Day meal? Some call it a superstition. Whatever you call it, I believe in it. Just ask my children! My children can turn down collard greens any other day of the year, but on New Year’s Day, I make them eat greens even if they have to choke it down! It can’t be proven that eating collard greens assures you of having money the entire year. But it can’t be disproved, either. I’ve had lots of lean years, and I always wondered just how bad things would have been if I had not eaten greens for money, black eye peas for good luck, and hog jowl for happiness. I’m not going to test the theory!
Over the years, I have softened on my hard line taken on New Year’s Day food. It’s okay not to eat collard greens specifically. Turnip greens, mustard greens and that new stuff, kale, can be substituted. Hog jowl does not have to be eaten with the black eye peas. It can be fried and eaten for breakfast that day, or you can substitute any pork product, like ham, with your black eye peas. However, there is no known substitute for black eye peas.
It’s also that time of the year when we have to make the big decision. Our New Year’s resolution. I’ve never had much success with those. And, I hate for people to ask me, “What is your New Year’s resolution?” If I tell them and don’t keep it, everyone will know I’m a failure. Therefore, this year I’m not going to tell anyone my resolution. Let’s just say, if I show up skinny, you’ll know what it was. If I don’t, you’ll never know that I tried and failed again!
As we close out 2015, I thank you (the readers) and Will Davis for allowing me to share my opinions on issues facing us as Monroe Countians, Georgians, and Americans. Buckle up! 2016 may be a rough ride.