Wednesday, February 3, 2010


Overnight last night we got our second snow in four days, with another - potentially BIG one - predicted for Friday. It's pretty ominous when the Weather Channel is mentioning (with a hint of pity in their voices) the city you live in by name, days before the storm is predicted to hit. Classes were cancelled yesterday evening, but school was on as usual this morning. I am blaming the groundhog - "Punxsutawney Phil." The little rat saw his shadow yesterday morning. It is ALL HIS FAULT!

The house here this morning when I left for classes (the street was already plowed and the steps shoveled):

By time I walked home from class this afternoon most of the snow had been cleared or had melted off the sidewalks:

Before walking home, I attended a lecture which was co-sponsored by the School of Canon Law and the Philosophy Department. The lecturer was Cardinal Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna and a major figure in the development of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. He spoke on the Church as cultural patrimony of the West. The lecture was extremely well attended. The room was overflowing, with people pouring out into the hallway. They set-up a closed circuit tv feed to broadcast the lecture so that those unable to get into the lecture hall could observe. I guess it was a sign of the timeliness of his topic...

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