• Dale Bowman

Ramble with the Lady: The Whitening


Mulling things on my morning ramble with Lady, our family’s mutt.

That is the whitening, as opposed to Whiting, Ind., through which I will probably pass on my way to Hammond later today.

Big things coming in Hammond this afternoon. (I hope.)

Fog or something blurring the late night or early morning, depending how you look at these things, as we set out.

``Through a glass darkly,’’ if you would.

I was thinking of the verse, I Corthians 13:12 (King James version from

12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

But a quick Google also turned up an Ingmar Bergman film from 1961, ``Through a Glass Darkly.’’

We barely made a block when the mist or freezing drizzle switched to snow, adding a smidgeon of lightness to darkness. I lean toward spelling it smidgeon, but I see that has it has smidgen. also had this for the origin:

Origin of SMIDGEN

probably alteration of English dialect smitch soiling mark

First Known Use: 1845

A block over, by the yard with the decorative fruit trees, Lady lunged after a rabbit running off in the dark.

Just on the edge of freezing, so I had to step carefully with one spot simply being wet and another slick with ice just a step


Not much seen or heard, other than the rabbit, in terms of wildlife.

Which was fine. I had things to mull. Life changes come, including getting redone and off the ground today with Bobby Bergren.

Our offices are in Hammond, thus the note about Whiting and Hammond.

My hope is that this is the first or second entry on what will be my page.

Ice looks to be holding on the town pond.

Back in town, the bank thermometer read 32 degrees. Sounded exactly right, that kind of morning.

Snow came thick enough to slightly whiten, the sidewalks as we neared home.

Two hours later, it was far more than that, as shown by the photo above.

As the kids headed to school, the snow thickened and completely covered the landscape in whiteness.

A sloppy wet whiteness.

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