Dec 24 2018
05:27 pm

It's just us and the dogs and the living things in the Gorge for the eve. The kids and grandkid will arrive tomorrow. The presents are under the tree (a southern red cedar, actually juniper, cut off the side of one of our roads) and there is more food in the fridge than we can all eat if they were staying a week which they aren't.

We took a walk today, as we do most days, up to a waterfall on Ford Branch. This is looking back from the bottom of our falls. Ford Branch flows seriously downhill until it joins Whites Creek. The Great Smokies got nothing on us.

Ford Branch

Someone asked what I thought of Christmas, knowing I don't believe in ghosts? Well...I love it! It is a celebration of rebirth, new beginnings, the darkest day and the longest night give way to a brightening new year, mirroring the cycle of life. Old folks will feed the young ones and watch with immense pleasure as they open gifts. Our family will go for a serious hike after gorging ourselves. Then we will eat too much again. And we will talk of things past...and things yet to be. It will be joyous.

But I worry for folks who sit alone.

I worry for my country in the hands of those who are incapable of feeling empathy or caring for those less fortunate.

I worry for my home planet.

But for all my worry about these things and a thousand things more, I am happy. I have people I love. And I love all of you!

Whatever you believe, this is a season of rebirth and renewal. Use it to renew yourselves as the days become longer and work to make the darkness in our nation become less.

Be kind to one another and your planet. Believe in a future that makes us better and happier. Work for it. Do what has to be done.

Merry Christmas to all,

Whites Creek

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