Culture vs Climate

Here are some things I have noticed while on my walks. There is a big difference in the type of grass used here. In Colorado, people plant Kentucky Blue Grass. Under the St. Augustine grass found here, which looks like it came off of a sand dune, is sand that does not in any way resemble the scrabbly white limestone or granite gravel or acidic pine needle humus of the Black Forest.

The cold here in Florida is colder than in a dry climate like Colorado. Of course, on average, it doesn’t get so cold here, but when a front comes through, the difference makes me bundle up and stay inside.

Now for a different subject; after a discussion on gun violence vs. knife violence, I did a little research.  I don’t know the answer to this question so I would love some input. When you look at a world-wide map of deaths by violent means per capita, the hot climates of the world are the countries with horrific statistics. Even when you look only at the United States, the states with cold climates, New Hampshire and North Dakota, have the lowest violent deaths per capita. What gives?

Here are some questions these statistics evoked from me. Is it because the culture in the cold climate was concerned with providing food and fuel for winter? No time to worry about the neighbors. I personally turn into a puddle of mush when I get hot. Other people get cranky.  Is the death rate by violence a product of cranky people dealing with climate? These may sound like silly hypothesis, but they really aren’t. The US has a culture of going west to conquer the Native Americans, shooting their own food, and providing their own protection in the lawless west. Culture is a huge factor. So which came first, the chicken or the egg? Did cultures gravitate toward particular climates, or did climate shape particular cultures?

The kitchen is clean after the big day of cooking. The outside Christmas decorations are up. We are on the count down to the birth of my newest grandchild, scheduled for Monday. I hope none of you got caught up in the violence of Black Friday. I will bet that none of the corporate executives who made the decisions to open on Thanksgiving were in the melee.

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About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature and fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's, two topics that are very difficult to manage in real life. Barbara volunteers doing school programs and speaking to support groups. National Parks, hiking, and snow-shoeing are in her list of favorite hobbies.
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