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Monday, 4/18 Living near big rivers

Monday, April 18, 2011

Hi everyone,

After spending my weekend writing in every spare moment, I almost let the world get by me. I took time off from my writing to go to the pool each day, to take my sons to the movies, to go to the grocery store, and to go to church. It is Holy Week and after our Palm Sunday processional, the blessing of the palms, beautiful music by the choir, the small children's choir singing and introducing instruments from the Philippines (whose name evades me), the reading of the Passion Story from the Gospel according to Matthew, and a private discussion with my pastor (whew--and I didn't even mention the sermon,) I realize that I need this week to give my spiritual cup a big boost. Micah had a lot of questions this year which means he is growing up and really starting to "get" this important part of our faith. Anyway, I hope that I have some time to meditate and pray with some depth this week.
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The thing that amazes me is that although I am not unaware of the issues around here, that I hadn't paid attention to the realities. We were predicted to have the second worst flooding in recorded history this year. That made a good deal of sense to me given the fact that everyone had record snows, especially the people up north of us. The Mississippi River is a wild and untamable natural wonder. There were major efforts to get volunteers to sandbag about a month ago. Then, the thaw was slow and it seemed as if we were off the hook. However, spring rains are taking their toll (along with a serious snowfall on Saturday that didn't stick to the ground) and the water has been rising steadily. The Mississippi is due to crest today or tomorrow at 20-22 feet and our flood levels are 12-15 feet. Our area is quite a mess, especially the Iowa side of the Quad Cities. When I was in the 6th grade, the flood of 1965 scared the folks in IL really protected themselves and built flood walls at great expense which have saved us many times. They are getting weak though and will need a lot of attention. Some of them have broken through in neighboring small towns. The secondary Rock River is quite a trouble maker here because the Mississippi pushes some of its overflow into it and we have highways that aren't close to the river now covered with river water. If I don't get photos (and with my need to continue my writing, that is very possible,) I am sure that Davenport and/or Muscatine, Iowa will have photos shown nationally. The current levels are 13.36 feet and 18.66 feet, so things are moving the wrong way very quickly, with over a half a foot since yesterday.

I must get ready for work. It will be a short week for me with my medical appointments and our Good Friday holiday. I will try and share with you this week, but my writing comes first. I will definitely think of you, my spark friends who keep me going on a regular basis.

If you are of the Christian faith, this can be a troubling week. Our very wise minister often reminds us that without the Crucifixion, there would have been no Resurrection. We need the gift of Easter, but the cost was great--and this is the focus of my heart at this time.

Gentle hugs,
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    Still thinking about you all.. and the water levels....

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    2528 days ago
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    Glad you had some recreational time in your weekend instead of all writing. I am hoping everyone remains safe from the flooding. People have been flooded out all around my city which makes it strange that our river dropped instead of rising. I guess we have been lucky we are not getting any precipitation as the ground is saturated from the heavy record rainfalls we had last year. Every last slough is filled up and new ones created where there were none before..
    Stay safe,
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    2529 days ago
    I hope you area is safe from the floods and the levees hold.

    I also hope you find more time for yourself.
    2530 days ago
    Good luck on your journey with the writing. I'm hoping for a few dry days myself to let the Tuscarawas lower, but I'm not sure that's going to happen. Living by a river is both a blessing and a curse. You are in my thoughts.
    2530 days ago
    What a week!! You are so right... without the death we don't have life... and we soo need the life that Christ gives!

    Glad you had a very good weekend ... although it was busy and intense... My weekend flew by too.

    2530 days ago
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