Thursday, November 10, 2005


When The Skies of November Turn Gloomy

Today is the 30th Anniversary of the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Unless you are from the Midwest an/or of a certain age you may have no idea what I am talking about. I didn't realize that I had missed the annual November playing and replaying of Gordon Lightfoot song that commemorates the event since moving away from the mid-west. Most upper great lakes/Midwest folks, probably know at least a few lines if not a few verses of the song, as proved on the All Things Considered's piece on the event.

I was 15 when the Edmund Fitzgerald sank and remember the news coverage. It was a big deal, especially in Northern Minnesota where Great Lakes Shipping and Ore/Taconite were the main industries at the time. We often vacationed at a friend's cabin up on Lake Superior and one of my mom's favorite things to do was to watch these big ore boats sail by, especially at night when all you could see was the lights and hear the horns. They are so huge (two city blocks long) and it was mind boggling to think of the power it took for one to sink in a storm.

It seems appropriate that it was a windy blustery, gloom November Day today. May God bless the families of these men and may we all remember the power of creation and pray for those who are placed at its mercy.

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