Man, the world has gone crazy.
So said cartoonist Rick Hotton’s Holy Mole cartoon character this week.
Not much room for argument there.
We won’t dwell on the craziness, promise.
But it is worth noting that one in seven Americans is now living in poverty. In Manatee, the unemployment rate is pushing 13 percent.
We’ll stop there. There is plenty of other craziness out there, you pick your poison.
Getting back to Rick Hotton, he gently, whimsically provides the antidote for what ails us.
“Show me a place where there’s a little bit of peace,” Holy Mole this week.
The panel shows Holy Mole sitting under a tree on some cool grass with something to read, sharing company with a friend or two.
Hotton’s comic strip reminds us of what we already know, but sometimes forget or fail to appreciate.
There is a simple joy in being alive, and life is too short for staying angry, perpetually worried and wary.
Other lines this week:
n “The path is best traveled with little baggage.”
n “To worry before it is necessary is to worry more than is necessary.”
Eventually, the economy will sort itself out, and most of our current problems will be solved, to be replaced by a whole new set of problems.
Holy Mole can often be found on Page 2A of the Herald.
But I think I saw Holy Mole around town a couple of times this week.
At Council’s Bradenton Recreation Parlor, 536 12th St. W., on Friday, what mattered was getting those glorious hamburgers right, and the discussion about the Manatee-Southeast football game.
“Forward pressure,” one diner said, was what would determine the winner of that game.
In case you missed it, the final score was 31-24, with Manatee storming back in the second half.
I also saw Holy Mole at Jiggs Landing, where a couple of old married couples were either putting their boats in for a day of fishing, or just leaving.
One of the husbands told me he had just retired after more than 30 years driving a garbage truck in Sarasota, and learned his wife had cancer.
They were savoring every moment together, and that day, it was just the two of them in a boat, catching bass on the Braden River.
And, I think I saw Holy Mole in our newsroom Friday afternoon, when our staff gathered to show their love and respect for features reporter January Holmes, who is moving on after four years with the Herald. We acknowledged her grace, her gentle spirit, her talent and her hard work. We’ll miss her, but we appreciate the time we had with her.
We wish you well, January.
James A. Jones Jr., East Manatee Editor, can be contacted at 745-7021.