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Snowpocalypse: Take Time for a Text

Blizzards and ice storms and hurricanes are scary times. If they’re coming our way, we prepare as best we can: food, camp stove, warm blankets, lots of batteries. But sometimes that’s not all we need. I have a friend back east where “Snowpocalypse” is hitting hard. We’ve talked several times over the last few days, but this morning, as she’s still watching the snow come down, she told me something else.   She hasn’t heard from her children at all. She has no other family – she’s an only child and a widow. Her children are out west now, but they visit and have a good long-distance relationship. None of them have called, or even texted, to ask how she’s doing. In a centuries-old house with very little insulation, they didn’t ask how she’d stay warm if the power went out. She worried about the heat pump freezing up, but they didn’t … Continue reading

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Holding on to Thanksgiving

Don’t get me wrong – I love Christmas.  Love the music, love the baking, love the special charge in the air.  And I especially love spending the month focusing on the Christ Child. But not yet. When the leaves are still crunchy on the ground, when the air is crisp but (hopefully) not frigid, it’s time to gather family around and give thanks for our very blessed lives. Sure, I’d like a bit more money to accomplish things around the house.  But we have a house.  We have heat and running water and electricity.  We have food to eat, coats on our backs and shoes on our feet.  We have beautiful music and plenty of books.  We have phones to call far away loved ones and cars to take us to ones close by. We have healthy bodies and active minds, and opportunities to put them to work.  We have … Continue reading

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