Nothing grabbed priority like the Northern Lights this week. Everything earth-side dropped quickly when the sky starting dancing. Early Sunday night the quiet waltz of ethereal colors started flirting with the dark sky. Within hours Aurora’s dance was shaking and pivoting and leaping. The lights seemed to send cosmic pulsing messages and create shapes in the sky. It felt like the Northern Lights were trying to tell us a story. It had to be one of the great shows of the decade.
Late For Work—More than a few people stayed up way too late watching the Northern Lights show; and more than a few people were late for work the next day. A goodly number of watchers reported Aurora hangovers the next morning. Neck aches were on the upswing from the gawking. And Northern Light Naps were required for many as preparation for another light show would repeat for a few evenings.
Magnificent Signature— And, of course, social took over and everyone was documenting what they saw from their particular vantage point. It was an abundance of shared picture joy which lasted for days. Aren’t we fortunate these are important things in our lives? Aren’t we so grateful that this remarkable sky theater is ours to respect and share? Aren’t we thankful that all the bureaucracy, politics, fuss and bother drop away when Mother Nature turns our heads and shows us one of these incredible shows on this planet? Northern Lights, Sunrises, Sunsets, and always, always Mountains are our signature loves which we share willingly with all.
More Palmer Library Info—Our Palmer Library Collapse has revealed that the entire building is a damaged, structural fail, at risk, and a total loss—at this point. This is so hard to swallow. The library building was never an architectural wonder nor a fabulous design…but it was ours and it was functional and we loved it, and everything in it.
Of course this isn’t the first time a library has been damaged. The Library of Alexandria was destroyed. Mildew, mold, fire and war have taken out many libraries. The Library of Congress was destroyed by the British Army in 1814. German occupation took out the Belgium Library. Ireland had libraries destroyed by the IRA. Lebanon lost libraries during civil war. Africa had libraries destroyed during protests. Portugal and Turkey lost libraries to natural disasters including earthquakes. A major Wisconsin library was destroyed from construction failures. I guess we must be thankful that violence or fire didn’t take our library. But it is still hard and it will be hard. Updates will be offered here as they are reported.
This Week in Palmer—March begins now. This is the march of spring. On Saturday we are told to march forth! Iditarod is this weekend over in the Susitna Valley. In Palmer we have a preview at Spring Creek, live music at the Ale House, Palmer Train Depot (Blackwater Railroad!) and Klondikes. There are art classes at the Art Cafe. This weekend is your last chance to go see the Wizard of Oz at the Glenn Massey Theater at the College. It is a phenomenal show. It’s First Friday in downtown Palmer, which means the Poppy shop is open with social activities and it is First Saturday Vendor Market at the Borough Gym. There is an Author Signing at Fireside Books on Friday afternoon. There are square dance lessons at Sophia’s Cafe on Friday at 7. There is Karaoke at the American Legion Post 15 on Sat night. The skys are blue, the snow is good, the light is back and we welcome March in our Palmer Community.
Barbara Hunt is both Palmer writer and artist. She works hard to keep the robust pulse of Palmer, Alaska. She shares the good stuff in the weekly Palmer Alaska Buzz Column in the Mat Su Valley Frontiersman and daily on the Palmer Alaska Buzz Facebook Group. Contact at firstname.lastname@example.org or text 907.315.3222
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