You've probably noticed that we spend a fair number of bits, bytes and pixels around here writing about place, local foods, local economy and bioregionalism. Sometimes we find others who share those interests and provide perspectives that shouldn't be missed. Over the past day or so we've encountered several instances that are so good we'll just provide links, short descriptions and strong recommendations that you follow the links. The reading and viewing may not be exactly seasonal, but should provide you with some of the season's warm, fuzzy spirit, although the last one may prompt you to reach for some stronger spirits, or not.
joyful signs of the season
Photo by J. Harrington
On the home front, the tree is decorated (photos soon), much of the weekend is committed to Christmas cookie baking by the Better Half and the Daughter Person, plus allies. I know enough to stay out of the way. ; >)
- Anne Queenan shares the joy of reconnecting both in writing and video (the video is way at the bottom). Watching and reading this made my day.
- Emily Johnson writes about place in a new and different way, at least I've never before read anything like her SILENT STORY. I find it to be a wonder and a delight and hope someday to match its quality (in writing, my dancing skills are nonexistent).
- Way back in the last millennium, when I lived in Massachusetts, I first encountered the writings of Ted Williams (the other one, not the baseball player). He drifted off my radar screen for quite awhile until I came across an interview with him in Forbes. He's as forthright and insightful as I remember and I'm looking forward to rediscovering his work.
Prayer for Joy
What was it we wantedto say anyhow, like todaywhen there were all the lettersin my alphabet soup and suddenlythe ‘j’ rises to the surface.The ‘j’, a letter that might begreat for Scrabble, but not reallyused for much else, unlesswe need to jump for joy,and then all of a suddenit’s there and ready tohelp us soar and to open upour hearts at the same time,this simple line with a curved bottom,an upside down cane that helpsus walk in a new way into thisforest of language, where all the lettersare beginning to speak,finding each other in justthe right combinationto be understood.
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