Monthly Archives: December 2009

Holy Family

The Christmas season in our culture emphasizes  family gatherings, events and activities. We have idealized these gatherings in film, on TV and in advertising. The goal seems to be achieving a perfect Christmas with a perfect family. This sentimentalized and … Continue reading

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Homecoming

Joe is home! It is good to have him back home with us, even temporarily, after 3 ½ years away. This is the first Christmas since 2005 that he has celebrated together with the family. That in itself is a … Continue reading

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Slip Sliding Away

Last Sunday morning’s drive of 50 miles to Lyons was interesting. It began with a bit of rain as I pulled out of the driveway and as I got out of the city the temperature evidently dropped slightly. Because of … Continue reading

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Winter warning –

It was winter today! Cold, snowy, windblown. The snow gusted into plumes  whipping across the roadway in front of the car obscuring visibility. Driving was very slow and several cars were in the ditch. Wind snatched at hats, scarves and … Continue reading

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Thoughts before polishing silver

Our five year project of stripping woodwork in the hallways and kitchen has finally ended. The wood is beautiful and the new paint sets it off elegantly. So now all we have to do is clean up the residue of … Continue reading

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