I read the CBC online news. Most articles
offer readers an opportunity to comment
on the article. I feel that, in most
instances, the content in the articles
is sparse, very general and needs to
be more balanced and detailed. However,
it is heartening that many of the comments
made by readers reflect genuine hope
for a more humane Canada. That we are
in Dickensian times is very evident
in the tone of the commentary.
The aroma of freshly baked bread fills the house this morning. The morning dishes are washed, dried and put away. Again this morning, my friend the owl was perched just outside the kitchen window, intent on hunting. She sat calmly on the maple branch as it swayed in the snow storm that surrounded us.
The storm has blocked TV reception, but boosted the signal for Internet reception. This bodes well for the winter, for two reasons. First, we have a lot of storms here, and second, because the Internet is a far more important source of information and entertainment than is the TV.
The weather report predicts a week of snow; it seems winter weather has arrived. Last year, at this time, we had already experienced a full month of snowy weather and Attila had spent many evenings shoveling. That was the longest winter I can remember in my lifetime. So this winter will be at least one month shorter than the last, and that is a blessing.
This year, with little work to be had and significant car payments to be made, Attila and I are not spending money on Christmas presents. We will be making thoughtful gifts, gifts with a lot of "love" in them. We will also be preparing many of our favorite holiday foods and spending time with some of our favorite people. A happy holiday season is predicted.
Our lack of funds for presents is harder on the retailers than it is on us. There is a lack of balance in the way we North Americans approach our "holidays", the celebrations are more about profit margins than they are about joy, celebration and connectivity.
Attila and I fully intend to have a very Merry Christmas, in spite of the long list of things that we do not have. For the moment, we do have adequate food and shelter and relative peace of mind, a situation which we both wish was shared by every human on planet earth.
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It's a Marshmallow World
performed by Dean Martin
"No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another."
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