Feasting on Distances


My new normal is sitting in a waiting room at the lab draw facility surrounded by the very young and the aging. I am drawn to the older patients. They are the ones who look up from their devices and want to chat. They talk about their grandkids, “The Bachelorette”, clipping coupons, and gardens cucumbers. They seem unfazed by diagnoses and blood tests.

Why This is the (Almost) Best Time of Year

My tiny speck of planet Earth looks like this:


To the locals’ dismay I actually like it. I understand the haters – dangerous roads,  health hazards, those who need shelter, crazy heating costs.

Don’t imagine that this winter love comes from a “sunny disposition”. Nope. I fight my own negativity. All. The. Time.

But here are ten reasons why a snowy cold winter is still a rock star:

1.  WHITE, WHITE, WHITE – It could be ugly brown or grey but we get WHITE, fluffy stuff. It reflects and magnifies our little bit of sunlight.

2. NO BUGS. NO WEEDS – Without these temperatures, bugs, plant diseases, and weeds would be a disaster come summer.

3. YEARLY RESET – The land rests and restores. Without it there would not be enough nutrients for green growing things. I need that reset too.

Gift Guide


As we celebrate the holidays, I am grateful for my readers, businesses, artists, and activists. Each year I meet more and more people creatively using their talents for good.


New Finds:

To the Market – Survivor Made Goods

Purposeful Design – Handmade furniture that creates jobs

The Feather and Arrow – Quilts that support anti-slavery efforts (pictured above)


Better Way Imports – Fair Trade goods

Mercy Rising – book to help you find your place in the world of compassionate giving