Mother Nature has been playing some strange tricks on the human race lately.
In December, the northeast was basking in unseasonably warm days. The green and grassy parks were filled with short-sleeved residents and Frisbee-chasing dogs. In fact, many towns and cities had their first green Christmas in decades. Hard to imagine neighboring Erie, Pa, going virtually snow-less during the holiday season.
In little Findley Lake, local scribe Halcyon Mueller reported in her delightful community newsletter, "The Tapestry," that the normally snow-covered village had received less than 35 inches by the end of December.
Across the country and around the world, past months have seen higher-than-normal highs as well as lower-than-normal lows.
One well-known meteorologist summed up the situation with "The weather is inherently wacky."
And Mother Nature's odd offerings are not limited to the U. S. Europe, South America, Australia, every corner of the globe has noted recent weather patterns far from the norm.
Reports show that Europe had the driest, warmest autumn in nearly 150 years. That was followed by a massive storm that dumped almost 18 feet of snow in two days.
In Alaska since November 2011, the little fishing village of Cordova on Prince William Sound, had recorded 172 inches of snow. That amount has been followed by an unending march of snowstorms, burying the area. In fact, so much snow has fallen on the community that the National Guard was called in to help clear the roads. That worked well - until the Guard ran out of shovels.
So what's going on with all this wacky weather?
Well, I have a theory. It's my humble opinion that Mother Nature is getting ticked off with us residents of her planet Earth.
I recently watched a television special documenting the denuding of the nation's woodlands. Logging has taken much of the hardwood from forests that stretched across the continent when Columbus came ashore.
The massive redwoods, so plentiful in California in the 1700s, can only be found in a few protected pockets today.
And, in places like Brazil, the rainforests are disappearing at an alarming rate.
Then, of course, pollution has changed the once-pristine waters of Mother Nature's lakes, rivers and streams. Now, the fish, birds and wildlife that depend on these areas, are finding it more and more difficult to survive in an increasingly hostile environment.
The Everglades, that irreplaceable treasure known as the "River of Grass," stretches across a huge area of the Florida landscape. This massive wildlife sanctuary and water resource is shrinking.
In addition, we're trashing our planet with the refuse of our lives. Landfills everywhere are nearing capacity.
Mother Nature must look at all of it and weep for what has been lost
The good news is that governments have begun stepping in here and there in an attempt to halt the damage. And groups of concerned citizens have formed across the world, bent on reclaiming the environment for future generations.
But these actions are spotty at best.
Since we're all in this together, we each need to focus on our little corner of the planet.
There are things we can do that, added together, will make a difference. And the most important of these are conservation and recycling.
It may take a while, but our joint efforts to restore our home planet will have the power to help Mother Nature smile on us once again.