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.
Holding our Breath
Till every dead limb
And knotted branch
Comes to life again
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.
As we celebrate the holidays, I am grateful for my blog readers, businesses, artists, and activists. Each year I meet more and more people creatively using their talents for good.
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
Mercy Rising – scarf shop – Slavery prevention in Asia
Blessings for Baher – Help a family recover from a medical crisis
Forever WE Dolls – A doll for you and a doll for kids with cancer
Compassion International – Sponsor a Child
College Park Church – Build Schools in India
The Mantis and the Moon – Son of Laughter
After All These Years – Andrew Peterson
Mortar and Stone – Jill Phillips
Mysteries of the Kingdom – Aaron J Robinson
The Harpooner – Thomas McKenzie
On Being a Writer – Charity Singleton Craig
Living into Focus: Choosing What Matters in an Age of Distraction – Arthur Boers
Jamin Still – oil painting, prints including Christmas Cards
Joe Sutphin – illustration
Joetography – Photographs/Art Prints