On this day in 1887, Groundhog Day, featuring a rodent meteorologist, is celebrated for the first time at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. According to tradition, if a groundhog comes out of its hole on this day and sees its shadow, it gets scared and runs back into its burrow, predicting six more weeks of winter weather; no shadow means an early spring.
And that simple little movie, Groundhog Day, became iconic of personal change, self-recognition and the will to be better.
But most people focus on the repeating of a hellish day, not that Bill Murray worked to make it better and worth living.
So how about today and just for today, you work to make yourself better so that your day can be better.
In a world where alternative facts are de rigueur, it’s worth noting a slight mistake made in a BBC documentary entitled “Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial” (it’s a brilliant documentary. Let’s hope we never repeat the reason for its making).
There’s a line close to the beginning about Hitler and Goering; “…together they destroyed German democracy.”
Sorry, that can’t be correct. Unless they were the only ones doing anything at the time. History says otherwise. There were lots of people in Germany, lots of people in Europe, lots of people in the world at the time. Still are.
To say that two people brought down a country…wow…that’s pretty much stating that the rest of the country, continent and world were idiots.
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