(2010) Groundhogs says “Six More Weeks of Winter”

2011 update: Early Spring! See this year’s predictions from a few ground hogs at onthewilderside: here

News reports show that Long Island groundhogs Holtsville Hal and Malverne Mel — in addition to the more famous, Punxsutawney Phil (from Pennsylvania) — all saw their shadows today. That means a longer winter. (Story about Phil and a Canadian groundhog is: here.)

The other day, on WBAI/Pacifica Radio, Janet Coleman and David Dozer of Cat Radio Cafe, held an interesting conversation about the various groundhog cultures. (You might find it in the archives: here.) While the usual reaction to Groundhog Day seems to be for elected officials to gather around the groundhog for hoaksey photo-ops, the WBAI folks did not like that so much.  Instead, Coleman, Dozer, and some guest Groundhog Day commentators enjoyed the cultural phenomenon in which the movie “Groundhog Day“, with Bill Murray, has become a symbol for a life of tedium and repetition, which art can strive to overcome through reflection, beauty, and creativity. (Or, something like that.)

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