Early this morning I noticed this weird cloud formation where there was almost a straight line separating last night's cloudy skies from today's sunshine. Perhaps you could see that as a metaphor of life, of how quickly one's life can switch from darkness to light.
Or the other way around.
Meanwhile Google has made this wonderful two minute video review of 2012 based on their stats revealing the topics the people of Earth most searched about. It makes the year appear, um, cooler than it seemed while it was actually happening.
Another good article to read in the Valley Advocate this week is Mo Turner's piece on the efforts to lower the qualification levels of the Springfield fire commissioner to allow a person unqualified under current standards to hold the job. Those qualifications were set by the former Control Board that ran Springfield after the city suffered a financial collapse in 2003 after decades of fiscal and personnel mismanagement and widespread corruption. I understand the need to set high standards in a city where a bingo inspector once became police commissioner and a sociopath ran the city's homeless shelter. But a master's degree for fire commissioner? Yet in the end I find myself in unusual agreement with the Rev. Talbert Swan:
Sarno’s attempt to lower the commissioner qualifications “smacks of nepotism and sends the wrong message to the entire city,” Swan wrote. “Will people view this policy as a reason to focus less on academic achievement and qualifications and more on posturing for political favors when seeking city employment? Will the rules be changed to accommodate candidates of color competing for high-level positions within the city, which they do not meet the qualifications for?”
Read more here.
Anyway, after all we've been through, and all the shit that's gone down, at least we still have the good ol' Grateful Dead.