Opening the Lakehouse has become easier since we installed an artesian well. Only a flip of the switch is needed now, after replacing the various drain plugs that had been removed last fall. But June nights, especially this year, necessitate a fire, and so I set about laying in the kindling and a few dry logs I had split last season. Next came newspaper to go under the kindling as well as to burn up in the flue to insure the draft.
The antique copper washtub is full of newspapers from previous years, and that’s where my difficulty began. As I grabbed a paper near the top of the tub, I glanced at it before crumpling. 'Wait, I don’t remember that item. When did that happen? I’ll set that aside to read later. Oh, there’s another item. Did that ever get resolved? Hmmm.'
And so it went for several minutes. As the "to be re-read" pile stacked up, my wife called in from the kitchen, “Hey Bill, how’s that fire coming? It’s cold in here!” Crumple, crumple, I put the next paper under the kindling and quickly lit a match.
What happens to yesterday news? Is any progress made to resolve myriad problems and issues headlined in these old papers? Were they meaningful?
AUGUST 29,2004 -
"Iran vows nuclear quarantee"
"EU presses for Syrian weapons clause"
"End to N. Korean crisis sought"
"22 held after gun battle; renegade clan leader seized"
"For Sudan rebel group, battle goes on"
"Distrust hurts effort to end Polio in India"
"Can Boomers Retire if No One Will Fill Their Jobs"
"Carnage in Russia"
"Gambling raids hit Derry clubs"
"For Beverly church, a rebirth"
It often seems that the next day's news is 'somewhat the same, yet different somehow", but we tend to go about our business in our usual fashion.
On July 4th, 1776, fifty-six men made truly meaningful news when they signed a short document of thirty-two paragraphs, about 1200 words, that had been hammered out through many long days and hours of argument and compromise. Perhaps it was the most successful committee ever assembled.
What kind of news shapes the future?
The Declaration of Independence of the thirteen United States of America began with, When in the Course of Human Events, it becomes necessary,…, then proceeded in the second paragraph to, -that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights,…, on to the final sentence of the last paragraph, which I believe made it truly meaningful, and bore witness to their resolve and commitment to bind our future.
“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm Reliance on the Protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”
From this dramatic beginning, it took more than eleven years: September 17, 1787 to win the war for freedom, to complete the Constitution of the United States of America and to place it before Congress. On March 4, 1789, the Constitution was fully adopted.
Perhaps the news items of Rye, 2004/5; Senior housing, the roundabout, appearance of Recycle Center, a third selectman, sand on the beach, safe frog jumping, revised Master Plan, administrative assistant, donor town status, sewer on Route 1, and street drainage are meaningful and will be resolved successfully.
You can be sure I will check the newspapers in the copper washtub when we open the Lakehouse in the coming years; especially if we have a June as cold as this one.
July 7, 2005
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