Writer’s Workshop: What’s New?

My friend Mark, who comments here frequently, is an electrical engineer, and as such is really good at physics. When I’d ask him, “what’s new?” he’d reply “c over lambda.”  See, there’s a formula that says that the frequency of a wave (represented by the Greek letter nu) is the speed of light (c) divided by the wave’s length (Greek letter lambda), which I finally figured out with the help of DuckDuckGo. I considered sharing an example, and decided I had better not…

We’ve just started a new year, 2018. At the end of this month, Mary and I will have been married forty years. It’s hard to remember what it was like as newlyweds. I remember our tenth anniversary, which we spent in our new home in Atlanta. We had experienced our first snowstorm here a couple of weeks earlier; that day, it was seventy degrees. For a couple of kids from Chicago, that was certainly new.

That first year here was filled with new experiences: a new parish with a relatively new church building, new places to shop, new restaurants, and a whole new area we had to find our way around. We’d often drive around like the Flying Dutchman trying to find something and often find it quite by accident. When we did, we would turn to each other and say, “ooh, look what we find!”

 It’s amazing how much new technology has come out since we moved here: cellular/smartphones, computers, the Internet. When we didn’t have it, we didn’t miss it…