MPR in the morning

My radio alarm comes on to the Morning Show on MPR with Dale Connelly and Jim Ed Poole. Yesterday, they played "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" by Gordon Lightfoot, the great ballad written about a ore ship which sank in a storm on Lake Superior. Yesterday was the anniversary of the sinking. Many many memorable lines in the song which begins: "The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down, of the great lake they called Gitchagoomie."

This morning they had a guest who sings about body image and how it has related to her own personal growth. She sang a song about trying on swimsuits in a K-mart dressing room. It was, she said, part of her effort to raise awareness about body image issues.

I think they should have had Gordon Lightfoot on yesterday to talk about drowning issues. I imagine that the imminent sinking of their ship distracted the good shippin crew from their weight problems and relationship difficulties. Of course we'll never know. But when the cook comes up from below deck to say fellows its been good to know ya, it seems that social dynamic on the ship entered a place of acceptance of others based on their common experience of drowning together. At that point, they realized that they were all in the same boat. This broke down the barriers of race, social position and wage differences between them. A pity that they had to drown to come to this realization, but hey, personal growth is never easy.