Pat Shingleton for Jan. 6, 2013

As noted in a previous column, Frank Kean forwarded an interesting historical trivia expression. In Frank’s email, the “saying” was compiled by Benny Lopoo. Recognizing this column is devoted to “Weather News,” you may have heard the expression, “God willing the creeks don’t rise,” referring to an episode of flooding. Benjamin Hawkins was a politician and diplomat who handled “Indian Affairs.” His encounters with a particular tribe of Native Americans, is the basis for this expression. When the President of the United States abruptly ordered Hawkins to Washington during an Indian rebellion, Hawkins relayed the saying to his wife and expecting safe passage through hostile territory he capitalized the word “Creek.” Hawkins was referring to the Creek Indian tribe not a possible episode of rising water and flooding. Fastcast: Comfortable.