Speck

A farmers’ yard light is a tiny speck lost in the immensity of a field of corn stubble barely illuminated by a glorious dawn.

So it is with all of us, mere specks in the immensity of all that is.

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Bitter; gratitude and compassion

We are enduring a bitter cold spell, the worst in several years. The ambient temperature is -22 Celsius and the wind chill equals about -35C.

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This cold spell should abate this weekend. In the meantime I’m deeply grateful for our snug and safe little home. I’m full of compassion for the wild things which have no such safe and snug place to hole up, particularly the songbirds. So I’m compelled to generously scatter seed far and wide.

Accept

I left work a little late today. After running errands I arrived home in the gloaming that comes just before nightfall. Some folks may be unhappy about how early night falls now and will fall for the next several months.

I prefer to not descend into unhappiness about something I cannot control. Rather to accept and appreciate what I cannot change. A time to reflect and give thanks for on the years’ gifts and blessings, to ponder The Great Mystery of the next year.

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Getting ready

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Several weather models, the US National Weather Service, and Environment Canada all suggest a significant snowstorm will occur tomorrow. My interpretation is that between 12-20 cm (or about 4 to 8 inches) will fall starting tonight and ending Friday afternoon.

So I spent some time the last two afternoons clearing the deck and scraping the driveway/street interface – making space for more snow.