3 Storms, 2 cataclysms, 1 day

The one day was September 23, 2019 – 23 Elul on the Hebrew calendar.

It stormed in Phoenix, Arizona, three times on that Monday. Between 6 and 9 AM torrents of rain fell, filling the washes (arroyos) with heavy flows of white water. Some streets were flooded with a couple of inches of rain, as I found out when I drove to the bank and to Walgreens.

In early afternoon it rained heavily again. And finally, the last rain of the season (as has since become apparent) began towards sunset.

23 Elul is a memorable day in U.S. history. An official investigation to impeach President Donald Trump began in the House of Representatives in 2019. Before 23 Elul the hearings were not official.

The earlier cataclysm is known as “9/11.” On that day in 2001, two planes crashed into the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers in New York City and brought them down. The Hebrew date was also 23 Elul.

You might say that Donald Trump’s presidency crashed and began to burn that same day.

23 Elul is also exactly one week before the Jewish holy day of Rosh Hashanah, the New Year.

Coincidences don’t happen, although I can’t connect local rain storms with world shaking events. The only fact here is that these things happened on the same day according to the Hebrew calendar.

Why would I pay attention to this spam?

Now the most logical question is who throw in the towel train via?

Shekhupura, Punjab, Pakistan
September 21, 2019

I stayed hoping the body of her speech may be more employing.

Elvas, Portugal
August 7, 2019

Pres. Trump gets Ds in my book

U.S. President Donald Trump’s performance in office is a failure, unless you wanted a man who would disrupt the federal government (without replacing the shambles with a better structure). Trump is the Disruptor-in-Chief.

So why all Ds and not Fs?

Trump’s tenure has been characterized by a strategy of Ds –

  • Deny
  • Distract
  • deflect
  • Disrupt
  • Disregard
  • detract
  • Discredit
  • Demean.

These are the President’s reactions to criticism.

He doesn’t just deny accusations. He denies facts. When threatened or accused, he distracts with a kerfuffle of some sort. Sometimes, this kerfuffle disrupts the processes of government. He also disregards advice about how to handle the storm brought on by his outrages. President Trump regularly demeans and discredits his detractors. Ask yourself, can his opponents be all bad?

Mr. Trump targets his Ds to the mood of his electoral base, and he has a keen sense of what plays well with them.

Just watch the snippets of the President himself as broadcast by the cable news networks. Make up your own mind without paying attention to the pundits.

Follow his Twitter feed for a couple of weeks.

You don’t have time or inclination? Take it from me.

You don’t trust me? So be it.

But let’s sit back and enjoy a cup of hot tea with sugar.

Sirius in October

Friday, October 11, 2019 | Phoenix, Arizona

I spotted Sirius in the south this morning at 4:40 Mountain Standard Time – about 45 minutes before local sunrise.

Sirius appeared three or four hand-breadths above the horizon.

The constellation Orion appeared sharply in the clear Arizona sky.

This is the first time I saw Sirius since it reappeared in the sky in late August. I haven’t been out and about so early before sunrise until today.

The story of our lives

We see ourselves as cast in an epic quest. We feel as if we’re the hero of the steadily unfolding plot of our lives; one that’s complete with allies, villains, sudden reversals of fortune, and difficult quests for happiness and prizes. Our brains cast halos around our friends and plant horns on the heads of our enemies.

Adapted from journalist Will Storr, author of Selfie: How We Became So Self-Obsessed and What It Is Doing to Us (New York: The Overlook Press, 2018).