"We're not out of the woods!" screamed the local paper's headlines. We're in the middle of drought here in Northern California and the paper seems to be relishing that fact. Never mind that the rain is falling, it isn't enough. And if it were enough, then there'd be floods. LANDSLIDES. Then just wait until fire season. All that rain will mean bad news for firefighters. Lots of growth to burn. Or, if there isn't enough rain that will be bad news also. Lots of dead growth to burn. Any way you look at it we're screwed. All the reporters love to say, no matter the nature of perceived relief, "It's a drop in the bucket." And if they don't say it they unfailingly find someone to quote who will.
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Yesterday's inauguration was a day I shall forever remember. I'm not much of a TV-watcher these days but I was riveted to the tube until 9:00 PM, unable to take my eyes off of the history being made. By the end of the night I was fatigued and stiff, my neck aching and my mind spent. The sensory fatigue of watching television is undeniable. There are too many sounds, too much movement, too many opinions by too many people. It is impossible to contemplate or absorb anything.