“Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.”
This maxim has certainly been true in Dallas, where our temperatures this week were thirty degrees below normal. And in the Southern Plains, where Winter Storm Billy (I didn’t know we are now naming storms) has brought snow and ice into New Mexico and parts of Oklahoma and Texas.
It has been especially true on the US Gulf Coast, where Louisiana has already been hit by two hurricanes and two tropical storms this year. Then Hurricane Zeta made landfall in southeastern Louisiana yesterday afternoon before passing over New Orleans. Two deaths so far are blamed on the Category 2 storm, which is causing massive power outages in Georgia this morning.
In fact, the maxim feels metaphorically true to more of life than I can remember. Apart from voting and praying, there is little else I can do to determine the outcome of next Tuesday’s election (and America’s reaction to the outcome). Apart from praying and taking measures to be safe, there is little I can do to stop the coronavirus pandemic. Apart from interceding and working hard to be productive, there is little I can do to restore the nation’s economy.
In this context, I saw a story this week that surprised and inspired me.
A TV star goes back to school
Curt Menefee is known to football fans as host of the most-watched NFL morning pregame show in America. However, at the age of fifty-five, he is also a first-year graduate student at Northwestern University, with plans to receive a master’s in Public Policy and Administration in two years.
Menefee has long been interested in local and national issues. He began…
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