Three reasons to celebrate this week and next:
CHILDREN, who promise tomorrow.
MUSIC, which amplifies life, along the way. 
IF NOT PEACE, at the least the possibility of reduced warfare in several regions

In keeping with the season, here are a few chestnuts roasting on an open fire for you, dear reader, in hopes they will put a (at least a small) smile on your face:

This has been a tough year for everyone and we know 2012 will be difficult, as well. 
But, we’re still here, aren’t we? As long as we’re here, there's hope for a better day.  

As 2011 comes to a close, I can tell you we see a clear sign of hope up here in the woods. Our last important washed-out road reopened this week, thanks to crews that have worked 24/7 since the August 28 disaster. In spite of the Halloween blizzard, in spite of angry outbursts from some in DC who balked at funding a portion of our recovery from a 100-year flood, work crews got the job done. There may be homes, businesses and jobs lost forever, but at least MA Route 2 is open from Boston to North Adams, for the first time in almost four months. The same holds true for VT Route 9 and VT Route 4. In fact, all but a few Vermont roads are now passable or will reopen by New Years. Thank you, state road crews in Massachusetts and Vermont! You have given us very valuable presents, indeed!  

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy New Year, with an emphasis on the happy part.



12/22/2011 05:07

The day is gray, but the woodfire is warm, and we do look forward to an extended happy holiday and joys in the new year. We wish you the same.

12/22/2011 09:03

Thanks, Pat. We'll be sharing it with some of the kids and grandkids. I don't know about you, but I can't take many more of these days that end at 4 in the afternoon. Thank goodness for Solstice!


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