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“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind.  To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.”  Calvin Coolidge

Black Friday.  Everyone goes shopping on Black Friday!  Well, everyone except us!  I won’t be caught anywhere near a shopping mall between now and the New Year!  The frenzy and madness are just too much . . . Christmas is not about the best gift I can buy for someone . . . it’s about the love and caring and sharing of spirit between you and the people you love.  We’ve just become a society too caught up in commercialism . . . and have forgotten what it is to give from the heart.   Today we spent time with family at a local “farm” that was a pumpkin patch and corn maze just a month ago, but is now decked out for Christmas with snow slides, horse rides, and many other fun activities for families to enjoy.  The snow is all machine made because it really doesn’t snow here in the Central Valley of California.  

That doesn’t matter though – because the spirit of Christmas is in our souls, not in our surroundings.  If we are lucky, we carry that spirit with us all year round.  We just celebrate it more at Christmas.  I’m not a religious person, so I put this all in a context of the goodness that each and every one of us has the potential to share with one another.  It’s all about choice . . . and maybe, just maybe – the goodness and loving spirit that I share with everyone I cross paths with has a positive ripple effect on the very fabric of human kind.  

That’s my hope anyway.  

Let the Christmas Season Begin!

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“They say genes skip generations.  Maybe that’s why grandparents find their grandchildren so likeable.”  ~Joan McIntosh

Every year for the past six years I have brought one of my East Coast Grandkids out to the west coast to spend time with family they would not see otherwise.  This year was my 13 year old Grandson’s turn.  He flew out June 20th, and sadly, today is the day he flies home.  We’ve done a lot in the last five weeks including three weeks in Canada (where I live), some time in Oregon, and the last 10 days in California.  He’s a wonderful, caring and loving spirit with that 13 year old boyish zest for life.  It has been my distinct pleasure to “host” him for the past six weeks.  I’m gonna miss you Ty Ty!

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