10/18/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

It's Not Just You: California Wildfires Turn Cranky

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!