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Changes [Apr. 17th, 2010|10:22 am]
Tony Grist
Yesterday was such a lovely day I got the loungey chairs out of the shed and Ailz and I sat in our newly paved yard- under the shade of the holly bushes- and looked up at the very blue sky.  After a while she went back inside, and I dozed, with my book of crossword puzzles in my lap.

No planes flying, the economic system in meltdown, the catholic church wilting under attack, Russia and the USA agreeing to cut their nuclear arsenals, earthquakes, political ferment, Goldman Sachs getting sued for fraud- is this a freak in the time-flow- a brief cross-current- or are we living through a period of quite extraordinary change?

[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2010-04-17 09:30 pm (UTC)
I remember so clearly a day in fourth grade, we'd returned to school after a blizzard and the snow was dripping outside the long windows while our (morbid) teacher told us about a prediction that the earth was going to "bubble up and sink under" on December 21. I didn't hear the year. I thought she meant RIGHT AWAY, on December 21.

I thought the dripping of snow outside the windows was the FIRST SIGN of the bubbling up and sinking under, and my next memory is of standing outside the Girl Scout house in my red coat waiting for my mother to pick me up, wondering if the earth was going to start bubbling even as I waited.

All those years, and I remembered the date: December 21.

I suppose even then, in the fifties, that Mayan Date was in the--Zeitgeist...isn't that amazing? Sort of closure, actually, for me...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-04-18 02:37 am (UTC)
I remember sitting eating my school lunch sometime during the 50's, waiting for the tidal wave that someone or other had said was going to obliterate civilisation. I had it all worked out- how I was going to rescue my best friend and we'd live happily ever after on a desert island
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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2010-04-18 11:36 am (UTC)
I loved this!
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