[Response to the frigid cold that has plunged into much of the United States from the arctic this week.]
Truth be told, I kind of like it when nature intrudes on our lives. It's as if nature grabs us by the shoulders and demands our attention.
Whether it's a snowstorm, piercing cold, or a fierce thunderstorm, one of the great things about weather extremes is that they remind us we are not in charge. No matter what our plans were, no matter what luxuries and conveniences we own, a little wild weather can trump them all in a moment. Along with trees, birds, whales, flowers, salamanders, and all other creatures, we are earth's inhabitants, not its masters. We live only at the mercy of nature, and we are fools when we try divorcing ourselves from her.