What I learned From the Blizzard of ’79 by John Cali

Last week’s Hurricane Sandy brought back my memories of a fierce storm from an earlier generation. Way back in 1979 my family and I were living in the suburbs of Washington, DC. In those days that area rarely got the severe storms they’ve seen in recent years. So the sudden blizzard of 1979 came as a shock, especially since it was just a few weeks before spring was supposed to start.

In our town, 30 miles west of Washington, we got 40 inches of snow, all in one night.Read more

Remembering Violence and Terror by John Cali

You may recall it was 10 years ago this month the Washington, DC area in the United States was terrorized for 23 days by mysterious, random sniper shootings. Before the police found the two killers, 3 people were wounded and 10 killed. All 13 were strangers to the killers.

At that time I was temporarily living in the Washington area. I clearly remember the energy of fear and terror, as the whole metropolitan area was brought to its knees. Schools were turned into fortresses.Read more

Do You Trust Your Intuition? by John Cali

Albert Einstein once said “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”

A few weeks ago I was house-sitting for my brother and sister-in-law while they were traveling. I was busily working at my computer one day when I got a sudden urge to go to the front door.

I opened the door and my nephew was standing there – he hadn’t even had a chance to ring the doorbell.… Read more

Earthquakes and Hurricanes by John Cali

As I’m sure most of you know, an earthquake hit Washington, DC this past Tuesday. And now, as I write this, Hurricane Irene is bearing down on the US capital city.

Earthquakes are virtually unknown in Washington, where I lived for many years before moving to Wyoming. Tuesday’s quake did considerable damage. Though, as far as I know, there were no serious human injuries or deaths. The quake rumbled through nearly one-third of the entire United States.… Read more