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Beth Lapides


It's Not Just You: California Wildfires Turn Cranky

Posted: 09/02/09 05:34 PM ET

Yesterday was the crankiest day over here at Un-Cabaret Multi-Media HQ. We thought it was just us.

Then we went to yoga and everyone in class was cranky there too. Our teacher said, "Hi! I am sooo cranky!" Exact word. Ok, so it wasn't just us. Maybe it was something celestial, the approaching full moon perhaps. Or the smoke from the fires.

And just now I learned that yesterday, just as we were peaking the cranky meter,  Mike Dietrich, the U.S. Forest Service incident commander, said the California Station Fire had turned from "angry" to "cranky".

I'm always saying everything is connected. And that language creates reality. But to see such a clear example of it is incredibly stunning. Did Commander Dietrich articulating the fire's mood cause us all to channel it more acutely? Were we all feeling cranky because of something else and Commander Deitrich imagined the fire was also feeling it? Was the fire responding to the same cranky factor, possibly celestial, that we all were? Do words create reality? Reflect reality? Both?

One thing is for sure, we are all connected to everythingness. And when a big wave of shmutz rolls through, it's best to remember: It's not just you!


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