Maybe it's because I'm Catholic. Perhaps it is due to my Italian-Irish lineage. Then again, maybe it's just my "glass-is-half-full, rose-colored-glasses, the-sun'll-come-out-tomorrow" demeanor.
But, whatever the reason, I believe in signs.
Remember that 1997 movie "Fools Rush In" with Matthew Perry and Selma Hayek? Well, I do; it's one of my all-time faves. And, like Isabel in the film, I believe that true love conquers all.
And like Isabel, I believe in signs.
For instance, I believe that to continue to root blindly for the Cleveland Indians after they annually break your heart in September, it's a sign that you're either a blithering idiot or loyal fan. Since I fall into this category, I'm opting for the latter.
And speaking of sports signs, I believe that OSU blasting through the season opener is a sign that we will have another winning season. I also believe that the success of the Cleveland Browns and the subpar showing of the Pittsburgh Steelers in preseason play is a sign that their regular season performances will be directly contradictory to these current standings. Sorry, Brownies - it's just the way things generally follow course.
I believe that my bleary-eyed move of putting the milk away in the pantry and sliding the cereal box neatly into the fridge is a sign I may not be getting enough REM sleep.
I also believe that being left-handed is a sign of brilliance. If you disagree, consider these historically significant southpaws: George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, Joan of Arc, Julius Caesar, Prince William, Judy Garland, Jimi Hendrix you get the point. It's one I make to my left-handed son and brother often, but I digress.
And so, on the eve of yet another heartbreaking anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, I have just finished reading a book that I truly, really, honestly and sure-as-shootin' believe is well, you know.
I speak of "The Harbinger" by Jonathan Cahn, a messianic rabbi and, for my money, one pretty smart cookie.
I'm not going to tell you much about the book because I want you to go read it for yourself, but here's the rub: There is a very direct, overt and obvious correlation between the destructive path of ancient Israel and the direction we are taking as a nation in modern day America.
OK, I lied, here comes a spoiler alert: The common denominator is God.
Follow Him and life is good. Abandon Him ... and things are wrong all over the place, people.
The good news? Well, it's the Good News, literally. And Cahn's book, too. Two pretty terrific signs of hope.
Kimerer is a Tribune Chronicle columnist and watcher for signs. Send her one of your own at firstname.lastname@example.org.