Go see me in a concert!

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I missed posting yesterday, because I was getting ready for a concert. Actually, what I was doing was putting together my late submission for the The Eleventh Annual Blogger Christmahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concert, graciously hosted by Neil at Citizen of the Month. Go check out all the songs and photos! (And look for my stop-motion video doodling, accompanying a recording of “We wish you a Merry Christmas.” )

 

curling up

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This weekend was largely uneventful, but somehow also neither productive nor relaxing. I think what I need to do now is just curl up and go to sleep. (But I’m still posting something. This curled up little leaf caught my eye a few days ago, catching some late afternoon rays in a parkling lot.)

making tracks

After many long years without pets, our home is once again graced with the pitter-patter of (not-so-little) paws. I have enjoyed not just hearing these paws, but observing the prints they make outside.

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Of course, the puppy isn’t the only creature to make tracks around our house. The wild turkeys leave a delightful pattern of arrows in the snow.

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leaves and ice

img_4629It’s time of year when my phone fills up with photos of ice. This time of year is, naturally, close on the heels of the time of year when my phone fills up with photos of leaves.

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It may not shock you to know that in this transition from late fall into winter, I sometimes also take photos of leaves and ice together.

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resistance is not futile

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I engaged in an act of political resistance this week. I sent a letter to each of the 20 electors of Pennsylvannia to urge them to consider casting their vote for anyone who shows better respect for international diplomacy and the office of president than the president-elect. I don’t expect my letters to change any minds. There’s a good chance my letters won’t even be read, that they won’t arrive before the electoral college meets. That they will be buried in the bags of letters being sent. Even so, I wanted to add my plea to those of many thousands of others to voice that the upcoming administration does not have a mandate to carry out policy changes that put our world at risk.

As an aside, when I stopped by the post office to buy my stamps and mail my letters, I was amused by one of the signs in this quaint little scene at the back of the building.

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“Do not climb or jump on or off the dock. Use stairs or ramp.”

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It is rare that we are publicly invited to jump off stairs in public buildings. (But I did resist the temptation.)

 

the ceremony of innocence is drowned

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Today marks 4 years since the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. That was an event that effected me deeply, hitting very close to home. I think of those kids and their families, of how much they have lost out. I see my own daughter, who was the same age as the children who were killed that day, and think how those kids also should have celebrated their 10th birthdays. They should have grown and learned and entered the tween years. So much was stolen from them and their families.

Today was also a day of horrific news from Aleppo.  Thousands of miles away, men, women and children are being senselessly killed. Many have shared their heartbreaking messages of farewell. The devastation is unfathomable.

I don’t have enough words to express my sadness, but I felt it was important to acknowledge it.

eye-catching ice

The puddles on our driveway and paths can be treacherous when they freeze, but they can also provide a gallery of fascinating shapes and pattern. These are a few of the many photos I took today. (I took several photos in the morning, and was surprised that the ice hadn’t melted by afternoon.)