Tuesday, December 4, 2012

WAITING FOR ATHENA: The virgin goddess of reason

Road in front of my house, winter of 2010
photo by Jonathan Schechter

Winter was a wimp last season.  My cross country skis only once carried my weight and
 my steep uphill drive never needed plowing.  But now as some count down to December
 21st  as the End Of The  World/ Doomsday/ Apocalypse   I am counting down to Dec. 21st 
as the Winter Solstice, the first  day of winter.
And I wait for the arrival of of a virgin goddess,  Athena.
And so does the Weather Channel

Athena is the Greek virgin goddess of reason, intelligent activity, arts and literature.
(Sounds like she would be a great companion in my travels.)

The National Hurricane Center has been naming tropical storms since the 1950's
 bestowing them with memorable names, some that will not be repeated.
Hurricane Sandy is one such storm.

But now the Weather Channels will be tracking and  naming powerful winter storms in the
 same  fashion of hurricane tracking and naming with the hope that communications and
 information sharing via news networks and weather  outlets  and social media with named storms
 will  add to emergency preparedness and public understanding 
 The list of names for the 2012-2013 winter storm season borrows heavily from mythology.
The first three storms:  ATHENA,  BRUTUS and CAESAR.
Let it snow! Let it snow. Let it snow!
And come on Athena, bring on the virgin powder!


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