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a day to remember.

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the great blizzards and a birthday – michigan history!

today is the anniversary of two of michigan’s greatest blizzards.

which both started on the same date January 26th, one in 1967 and the other in 1978.

 also on this date

my brother scott, was born in 1965 under clear skies.

happy birthday!

The 1965 birthday. Scott was born, he was cute, and I wanted to bring him in for show and tell, but my mom refused and made me bring a picture, which I was really mad about. He did not like shoveling snow, but he did enjoy playing in it, sledding on our school hill at recess, and throwing it at us.

The 1967 storm. The big Blizzard went down as one of the all-time worst blizzards in Michigan’s history mainly because of the way the weather conditions quickly changed drastically and people were caught off guard. In the days leading up to the blizzard, some areas had temps in the 60s, quickly plummeted, and the skies dumped 1 1/2 feet of snow in a very short time.

The 1978 storm. Snowfalls for the entire storm included a whopping 30 inches in some Michigan locations. There were already 4 to 6 feet of snow on the ground before the storm started, and there were many drifts of over 15 feet.

In both storms there were wind gusts up to 65 MPH and both had several periods of thunderstorms with the snow, (thunder-snow).So far there has not been a storm that has come close to the intensity of either of the storms since 1978.  My brother still enjoys playing in the snow and celebrating his birthday. And I’m glad for all of this. 

“apparently there is nothing that cannot happen today.’

-mark twain

 

 

 

credits: michigan history, clarence white

creativity doesn’t wait.

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when you try and try

to make a snowman

 the fluffy, sticky, wet snow is gone

the icy, hard, dry snow is here

 you think and think

of another way

  just decorate a bump that you find

make a flat-puffy snowman

and there you go.

 

“creativity doesn’t wait for that perfect moment. it fashions its own perfect moments out of ordinary ones.”
– bruce garrabrandt

snow buddy.

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a wonderful community initiative

happened in a nearby neighborhood

when they got together and purchased a ‘snow buddy’

anyone who is at least 18 can train and sign up

to take a turn clearing the sidewalks

each time it snows

all are welcome to take a shift

anytime i’ve seen someone

out in the snow buddy

they are always smiling

 i’ll bet the whole neighborhood is smiling.

“summer friends will melt away like summer snows, but winter friends are friends forever.”

– george r.r. martin

dinos in snow.

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today we took the dinos

out of their safety zone and into the snow

they went

in the playhouse

down the slide

in the hollow log

in the sandbox

climbed up

jumped down

made footprints and snow angels

roamed on dinosaur island

played tag

went to a party

 loved the snow

they all had a such a good time and were worn out.

“my son’s always showing me pictures of dinosaurs and asking me what their names are.

i don’t know, so i make stuff up:

that, son is a thesaurus.”

-craig ferguson

crisp.

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last night’s walk in the park

 

“it is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam.

this crisp winter air is full of it.”

-john burroughs

 

 

 

 

 

argo park, ann arbor, michigan, usa – february 2021

snow was falling.

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grand circus park, detroit, michigan, usa – 1920s

walking in the beautiful snowfall yesterday, it was clear some things never change, even after 100 years

“snow was falling, so much like stars filling the dark trees

that one could easily imagine its reason for being was nothing more than prettiness.”

-mary oliver

 

 

photo credit: historic detroit

 

snowball.

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our class has been taking a close look at snow and ice

after reading them

the first book i ever read all by myself 

‘snow’ by p.d. eastman

 brought a snowball in from outside

named it ned

popped it in our freezer

 check on it every now and then

take ned out for just a little bit

see if it’s still cold and in the shape of a snowball and if it’s drippy

 hope that ned will be with us throughout the season

even if he goes away in the spring

 we’re pretty sure he’ll be back next winter.