A personal training client and I were chatting about the weather last week. Full disclosure -- we were mostly groaning about being tired of winter and ready for spring. In the course of our discussion, we talked a bit about climate change. She, being elderly, knows a few old timers who carp about the "global warming myth" on the coldest of winter days. I told her how researching the Ice Age has helped me come to understand the dynamic nature of climate. The earth gets warmer for a time and then it cools. It has happened numerous times and will likely continue to do so. Understanding this helps me to accept the weather changes we are seeing (and are projected to see increasingly over the next forty years). I'll admit though, that it still doesn't help much on those last few February days. Come on, spring!
It was a good session today with ten residents. We viewed a computer animated video clip of a mastodon herd, discussed Ice Age Wisconsin, built a mastodon with props, did two short readings, and had a question and answer time.
I visited Weston Elementary/Middle School in Cazenovia on Thursday, January 29. I presented programs for the 4th and 5th graders and the 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. It was a great time of sharing information about the Ice Age in Wisconsin, reading a selection from the novel, and answering questions. I even played the song, Journeys, for the older kids and was applauded for the effort! Thanks go out to the kids for being a great audience, the teachers for their support, and Kay Amborn for coordinating the event.