Sunday, December 10, 2017

Second Sunday of Advent

The LOVE candle is lighted, as well as last week's HOPE candle.

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Advent Bush 😉

Friday, December 08, 2017


Thursday, December 07, 2017


Wednesday, December 06, 2017

The Feast of St Nicholas

In spite of his widespread fame, Saint Nicholas, from the historian's point of view, is hardly more than a name. He was born in the last years of the third century in Asia Minor. His uncle, the archbishop of Myra in Lycia, ordained him and appointed him abbot of a nearby monastery. At the death of the archbishop, Nicholas was chosen to fill the vacancy, and he served in this position until his death. About the time of the persecutions of Diocletian, he was imprisoned for preaching Christianity but was released during the reign of Emperor Constantine.

Popular legends have involved Saint Nicholas in a number of charming stories, one of which relates Nicholas' charity toward the poor. A man of Patara had lost his fortune, and finding himself unable to support his three maiden daughters, was planning to turn them into the streets as prostitutes. Nicholas heard of the man's intentions and secretly threw three bags of gold through a window into the home, thus providing dowries for the daughters. The three bags of gold mentioned in this story are said to be the origin of the three gold balls that form the emblem of pawnbrokers.
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The story of Saint Nicholas came to America in distorted fashion. The Dutch Protestants carried a popularized version of the saint's life to New Amsterdam, portraying Nicholas as nothing more than a Nordic magician and wonder-worker. Our present-day conception of Santa Claus has grown from this version.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017


ACTION ITEM!!  Call these two Senators and ask WHY!  They need to hear from We the People!

I called them both. I was surprised that I was so emotional on the phone. I told them that my husband and I are nearing retirement and this and the Tax Bill are freaking us out. Both staffers who answered were appropriate and said their Senator felt that the 60 vote margin would be sufficient and that they voted no to be able to keep conversing with Republicans on the issue. 
So I said that the 50 vote thing has been really hard to take, and I'm not sure 60 will really stand. I asked the staffer to tell the Senator that we feel that we are being taxed twice, that SS & Medicare and Medicaid have been robbed and not replenished and that these are NOT part of the deficit but our money that has been taken out of our pockets. 
I closed by making a point of thanking the person who is answering the phones, thanking them for being there, sticking with it through these really hard days, and that We the People really need someone who can hear us and convey our concerns. Be sure to thank the staffer; it's a really hard job.

Earlier main post:

On the First Day of Advent, I got to hear Vermont's vocal ensemble Anima in person 
for the first time.  They were accompanied by Fyre and Lightning Consort 
on harp, recorder, lute, tin whistle, and even bagpipes!  
The woman who plays harp also plays various recorders 
and tin whistle, and sings sweet soprano with the ensemble as well.  
She is seen here, with long dark hair,  just above harp.
Oh my goodness!  Have a listen!

Monday, December 04, 2017

Ready the Sleigh!


Sunday, December 03, 2017

Advent begins

On the first Sunday of Advent the HOPE candle is lighted.

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Here it Comes

Friday, December 01, 2017

Welcome December!

They can now put on their resume "I caught the Red Dot"!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Goodbye November

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Author Birthdays Today

Madeleine L'Engle  📚  C.S. Lewis  📖  Louisa May Alcott

And Tomorrow: 🌈 Lucy Maud Montgomery 

and Mark Twain

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

My Road

Monday, November 27, 2017

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Nigh onto Sunset

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Net Neutrality

NET NEUTRALITY: How to make your voice heard:
The last time the FCC tried to kill Net Neutrality, Stephen Colbert urged his viewers to comment on the FCC proposal. The FCC was buried in comments, all telling them to leave Net Neutrality in place. This time the FCC has buried the page to comment several levels down in their site, so Colbert registered the page and set it up to redirect you to the correct page at the FCC site. Let's bury them again! Click to the page, then click on "Express" to get to the Comments page.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Desso's aka Jericho Country Store

The longest continuously running General Store in Vermont.

Thursday, November 23, 2017


One of the oldest spice mixes in the country, Bell’s dates back to 1867, when William F. Bell of Newton, Massachusetts created the blend from an old family recipe. Since then, nothing has changed…and come to think of it, neither has the box. Immediately recognizable with its colorful, (now) vintage looking label, lettering, and hand-drawn turkey, Bell’s is the throwback that never left.

We are considering having our family Thanksgiving in October next year, when the Canadians celebrate it, and call it Native American Thanksgiving.  It makes more sense to have it at Harvest!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Baking Day!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Jay Day

Monday, November 20, 2017

Late Day Light

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Happy Sunday

I have three meetings here each month.  It's the same church the recent Quilt photo came from.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Friday, November 17, 2017

Blue Sky Day

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Quiet Landscape

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Monday, November 13, 2017

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Veterans Day

Marines investigating claim about men in Iwo Jima photo
This interests me because my Uncle Walter, who was 18 at the time, was wounded at Iwo Jima.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Cold Sunset

Wednesday, November 08, 2017


My Mom painted this when I was a child.  I remember watching her.  
I was amazed at what she could create with so few brush strokes.