It’s raining and in the 30s and the snow is almost all gone. Boo. Last night Bill and I were out in the cul-de-sac talking to our Ukraine neighbors, who—missing their cold, snowy winters—were thrilled with the 1” snowfall.
It’s getting darker by the day. Today in Portland, the sun rose at 7:46 a.m. and set at 4:29 p.m. Not a real long day, but longer than Katie’s 5 or so hours in Alaska! Soon, the pendulum swings the other way—the winter solstice happens in two days, on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., Pacific time. The solstice marks the longest night and shortest day of the year, after which it’s all uphill, the light and life returning once again to warm the world.
I’ve had a very productive day! Got a wonderful box of goodies from Katie in Alaska, courtesy of the FedEx delivery truck. Getting packages is always fun. I also wrapped presents, baked cookies, puttered around the house, and never made it out of my pajamas!
But no, that’s not where I was going with the intelligent design title. Please go to the Doonesbury cartoon site. If for some reason the link doesn’t work, the strip I want you to read is from yesterday: Sunday, Dec. 18. Sometimes Garry Trudeau gets it exactly right, and I’ve never seen this argument framed with greater success. Tell me what you think….