Thursday Jan. 7, 2016
First anniversary of the savage attack at Charlie Hebdo in Paris.
Terrorist act. Shock. Horror. People died. Families devastated. Parisians felt attacked, media made us feel we were all attacked in some way.
We weren’t all attacked – even symbolically.
But it could feel that way, if you let it.
What’s in a day?
January 7th is also anniversary of U.S. government’s bailout of Chrysler – that gave us the K-car, oh, what memories!
Anniversary too, first U.S. Presidential election (1789). George Washington won. He could not have imagined terrorism, Donald Trump or K-cars. Mary Pickford got married (1911), Harlem Globetrotters played their first game (1927), Harry Truman announced development of the H-bomb (1953), Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial began (1999) – and thousands of other milestones of love and hate, laughter and mayhem.
Galileo discovered three moons of Jupiter (1610), but actually … they’d been there all along! But he was the first human to say, ‘hey, look at that’. The typewriter was patented (1714), and AT&T released the video-telephone for US$1499 (1992).
Today is special for some people. And, you might say, of no consequence for everyone else …
But we shouldn’t say that, or think that. I’m not concerned that we might remember, or fail to remember, some famous or horrific event from history on this day, births, deaths, anniversaries of something special or overwhelming. They were just days. They started with waking, ended with sleeping – except for those involved, because they couldn’t sleep.
Or, they never slept again.
Every day is magical. Every day we do so many familiar things too. Most are day-filling routine. Some are memorable. Some are unforgettable …
written / published from Calgary, AB
morning walk: -10C/14F, tiny flakes still falling, nice blanket overnight to re-white everything and snarl traffic; Gusta seems to want to re-sniff the interesting spots and disturb their new soft blanket covering – and I just like the wet on my face, it’s more invigorating that caffeine …
MAKING ROOM FOR NEW
More musings - Morning coffee with the family down here in sunny Puerto Angel before getting on with my day. Temp about 27C light breeze off the ocean, scattered clouds. Pretty much what it will be for the rest of the month. Hi Mark! Another good column with a brew of thoughts which will hopefully translate in to action. I have a few projects to work on while I'm here, headed back to Calgary in April. Will stay in touch and hopefully we can connect for lunch. Saludos!, DM, Puerto Angel, Mexico