Cold Weather In Perspective

Walking over the frozen Ohio River at Louisville, Kentucky, 1977

Here is a blessing to count. We have had a couple of cold days here in Kentucky but nothing compared to the winter of 1977.

According to naturalists this was the year the coyote was reintroduced to the state as they crossed eastward over the frozen Ohio River.

– – From the National Weather Service records: “01/11/1977-01/13/1977 and 01/16/1977-01/19/1977 – Really two events in one, they are only separated by 2 days of relatively warmer temperatures. Lows for both time frames got well into the negative numbers during both the 11th-13th and the 16th through the 19th . . . This month is the coldest on record for Louisville with an average temperature of 18.6 degrees.” – – –

This painting by the late Grant County artist Bill Petrie hangs in my hallway. It is both a reminder of that brutal winter and how home, hearth and love keep us warm.


We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” 
― Martin Luther King Jr

Thought of the day provided by Thomas Brown – Madwillow Creekhouse.