Thanks for sharing this!

I’ve learned a new word. It’s catastrophize. Basically it means to present a situation as worse than it is.

And what situations can you think of that are presented as worse than they are? One answer comes to mind: The stories reported by the news media.

Have you noticed–these days whether the news is about rape, murder, drug busts, shootouts, global warming or the Miss America pageant, the talking heads present every story with the same furrowed-brow look of worried apprehension.

And lately the weather people, possibly thinking the news anchors might be getting more coverage than they were, have started weighing in with scary accounts of dreadful upheavals in the weather.

But since when has freezing weather in Wyoming and Colorado been unusual? Aren’t ice storms in the Carolinas normal winter events? Haven’t mountains in Hawaii and Nevada been covered in snow before?

What’s more, seeing as how most of Florida, and occasionally Carpenter Country, has survived being swamped by millions of gallons of rain for hundreds of years, when did a thunderstorm accompanied by a five inch downpour morph into a flooded condition?

Isn’t the world filled with enough misfortune without making the normal seem abnormal? It makes me want to yell–get real!

There, now I feel so much better. Please forgive the rant. Chances are nothing will come of it, but thanks for listening.

For this moment at least, my frown has turned into a smile.

You might also like these posts

Essay — Web art We've been busy in Carpenter Country this week, with a new project underway and an older project coming into the editing stage. But we still made time to admire nature's art. We know, of course, that spiders communicate through the world wide web, and that every modern spider has a web site. We were still in awe of the size...
Essay – Scrabbling for words Image source: HL Carpenter   It’s Saturday, and this week’s work in progress is done. Time for a break. Too bad it’s raining and pouring. But no one in Carpenter Country is snoring. We’re playing Scrabble. Before long the tile bag is empty and most spaces on the board are covered with words. As the p...
Essay — Turtle days Image source: HL Carpenter   Why did the turtle go to the movies? Because she liked the book. This week has been slow and colorful here in Carpenter Country. In addition to the turtle we spotted plodding across the yard, the rose is blooming, Image source: HL Carpenter   the Loropetalum, or Chine...
Essay — With a cherry on top Image source: HL Carpenter   Someone in Carpenter Country celebrated a birthday this week. You'll have to guess which of us turned a year older because we're not telling. We will say the cake and ice cream were yum! And the birthday girl was happy with her gifts. Happy Birthday, Partner. May you have ma...

We write. Visit us in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like our stories, is unreal but not untrue.

Posted in Essays Tagged with: ,