Thumbs down: To March blizzards. The heaviest snowfall of the winter season came this week, after the start of meteorological spring.
Although the roughly 10 inches of snow recorded in DeKalb spawned many unique snow people and snow forts around the area, it also promised that we’d be frozen out of the start of spring for a while yet.
Thumbs up: To stock market recovery. More than five years after it hit its last all-time high in October 2007, the Dow Jones Industrial Average eclipsed that mark Tuesday when it closed at 14,253, and finished the week at 14,397.
The stock market recovery hasn’t done much for the job market to spur a full-blown economic recovery, but at least the $11 trillion in lost value in the market has been regained – for investors who didn’t panic and sell out, anyway. Like most everyone, we’d like to see a broader economic recovery, but at least we can point to the Dow as one area where the recovery has taken hold.
Thumbs up: To the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Northern Illinois University. From humble beginnings in 1963 – teaching Peace Corps volunteers languages of Southeast Asia – the program has grown to world renown.
Today, CSEAS brings elements of Southeast Asian culture, language and history to the community and NIU students at large. It has also been instrumental over the past 50 years in educating students from Southeast Asia who came here for their education and returned home to shape their nations’ present and future as ambassadors, politicians and academics.
Thumbs up: To folks at Moksha Yoga Center in Chicago, who want to open a retreat center on the 37-acre Stonehouse Park in Earlville. Director Daren Friesen said he planned to host weekend events throughout the summer that would bring people from his Chicago studios and surrounding counties to participate in meditation, yoga and organic farming.
The new venture, although still in the planning stages, sounds like a better fit for the area than the late-night concert festivals and war re-enactments that previous owners hosted there.
Thumbs up: To the road crews, police officers and first-responders who worked long hours during Tuesday’s snowstorm to try to keep the roads clear and the public safe.
Many DeKalb County residents had the option of staying indoors as the snow fell, but we appreciate those who went into the snow to make our lives easier.