Friday Five: Floods and Droughts


As posted by Sally at RevGalBlogPals:

Here in the UK we are struggling with floods, other parts of the world have similar problems without the infrastructure to cope with it, still others are badly affected by drought…. My son Jon is in Melbourne Australia where apparently it has been snowing ( yes it is winter but still!)…. With crazy weather in mind I bring you this weeks Friday 5…

1. Have you experienced living through an extreme weather event- what was it and how did you cope?

Probably the most dramatic was the ice storm of 1998. For us it wasn’t so terrible. Our power went out only intermittently. But only a few blocks away there was no power for 10 days, and in some areas for several weeks. When that happens in the winter here, there are all sorts of dangers: no heat, dangerous use of generators, etc. I was impressed when power crews from other states came here to work in the dead of winter, people from all over the country. We stored food for a friend whose power was out longer, and friends definitely came over to our warm house!

2. How important is it that we wake up to issues such as global warming?

It couldn’t be more crucial. I’m trying to use less energy, but I feel like a contributor to the problem given my commuting.

3. The Christian message needs to include stewardship of the earths resources agree/ disagree?

Agree. I wish the United Church of Christ would re-write its Statement of Faith, or at the very least add to it, to reflect our gratitude and responsibility for the created world with which God entrusts us.

And because it is summer- on a brighter note….

4. What is your favourite season and why?

I love autumn, for the crisp air and the colors of the leaves. It’s still warm enough to enjoy being outside, but not too hot.

5. Describe your perfect vacation weather….

In the upper 60’s to low 70’s and sunny. We had rain in Vermont last week. I wonder what our visit would have been like with sun? More walking, no doubt! And better views.

14 thoughts on “Friday Five: Floods and Droughts”

  1. #2. Commuting is one of those things that sometimes just has to be. Here in Madison, WI, there is a bus system but we can’t all live, have child-care and work on the bus routes or work at home as my husband does. We just need to do what we can.

  2. It’s interesting reading the perfect weather temps. I would be a little chilly with your perfect temps, especially in the 60s.
    Snow…maybe one day..

  3. An ice storm sounds very scary. It seems easier to cool down from heat than warm up from freezing cold. Hypothermia and all.
    I’m with you on autumn. Can’t wait for the first smell of it come September.

  4. Last summer we were wishing for rain as we traveled through NH and Maine… it was during that awful early August heat wave. All I could think was, it must be awful to be this hot then turn around and have winters with tons of ice and wind.
    Spring and Fall must be divine!

  5. Yes, ice storms can be nutsy! I love your thought about the UCC rewriting its statement of belief to include creation and stewardship. It seems fitting. Check out this beautiful covenant of a congregation I used to serve at (click on covenant). Also, thanks for fixing my post!

  6. commuting is one of the biggest issues we face in this country. not sure what to do about it, aside from buying energy efficient cars and doing our best in other ways.

  7. There aren’t that many great choices re: commuting right now. Our country needs to get more creative with transportation (e.g. more light rail).

  8. I’m with you on need to live as good steward and call others to do the same … and on fall being the very best season.

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