It’s the last week of summer in the United States. The autumn colors are showing more. Yellow and red, some falling around me.
Fresh leaves collect with the brown.
Flowers shrivel in time.
In the end, all that’s left are the memories of a life that was.
These photographs still only reflect one part of the world, one part of the northern hemisphere, one state in New England.
Maine is known for tame weather. (If you don’t count the snow.) We rarely see a hurricane or a tornado, and when that kind of storm weather happens it’s often isolated to the extent you’d probably have to see it in the news to see it at all. Things tend to be safe around here. Maybe too safe.
Since my last post, two Atlantic hurricanes broke records. Harvey drowned Texas in record-breaking rain, to the tune of 33 trillion gallons of water. Irma, spanning 70,000 square miles in size (larger than Florida),
maintained wind gusts maximum sustained winds of 185 MPH or more for 37 hours, and devastated Barbuda and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For Florida, records were broken for power outages, but also the power recovery. What normally would’ve taken weeks took days in most areas. For the Islands, however, it still looks like a bomb had gone off.
And it wasn’t just hurricanes. There was a magnitude 8.1 earthquake off the coast of Mexico. Wildfires still rage on the U.S. Pacific coast, blanketing states across the north with smoke.
In Maine… not even a notable thunderstorm.
For want of any news, the house across the street removed its For Sale sign. Not sure if they managed to sell it or they gave up. So there’s that.
The lack of good news explains why I haven’t posted for a while. And it’s not just the fluid nature of the national news. I haven’t been doing well. Let’s just say, I can be my own harshest critic. Instead of finding gainful purpose, I’d been playing third-party Doom maps (video gaming), where afterward I don’t feel any better accomplishing little in the day, aside from reading news articles.
Whatever I do to move forward, I need to do my research. And for that to be possible, I need to get some more rest.
So that’s it for now. Have a good Sunday evening, everyone. I’ll be back soon enough.