Happy Solstice

Now is the solstice of the year, winter is the glad song that you hear. Seven maids move in seven time. Have the lads up ready in a line. Ring out these bells. Ring out, ring solstice bells. Ring solstice bells. Join together beneath the mistletoe. by the holy oak whereon it grows. Seven druids … Continue reading Happy Solstice


Yes, I’m about to snap.  First, I watch as every house in our neighborhood regains power……except ours.  The earliest estimate I have is still Thursday for the electrician, then Saturday for the reconnect.  It’s hard to keep a positive disposition when your neighbors have lights and you’re still sitting in the dark. My better nature … Continue reading Warmth

Still Powerless

It has almost become a litany – a recitation of the things we still have that make us luckier that many in this storm.  We have a generator.  We have hot water.  We have firewood.  We have jobs that won’t lose revenue due to power outages. We have places with power that we can stay. … Continue reading Still Powerless

Cold Church

Services were held at Fourth Presbyterian this morning, despite a lack of power.  We hauled in piano from the Fellowship Hall, and had an abreviated service in a very cold sanctuary.  With the bright sunlight filtering through the stained glass, and given the simplicity necessitated by a lack of printed bulletins, it was a very … Continue reading Cold Church


The Hunter knew that he was luckier than most. The lower level of his dwelling had some heating from a natural gas stream that fed a small flame. There was some hot water, but still, it was not enough to prepare food or maintain warmth necessary for to soothe his sick mate or her elderly … Continue reading Fuel

Wednesday’s Child

Monday’s child is fair of face, Tuesday’s child is full of grace, Wednesday’s child is full of woe, Thursday’s child has far to go, Friday’s child is loving and giving, Saturday’s child works hard for his living, And the child that is born on the Sabbath day Is bonny and blithe, and good and gay. … Continue reading Wednesday’s Child

First Light Hunt

We went on our first light hunt of the season last night.  Things in our neighborhood are starting to sparkle, and the house across the lake has its large Christmas tree outlined in lights, with strands trailing from their deck all the way down to the water.  We figured it was time for the rest … Continue reading First Light Hunt

Crazy HOLIDAY Season

Yep, too many random connections lately to make them all fit together into a coherent post.  This past week included trips to Charlotte for business, rehearsals galore, a disappointing Furman football game, and a concert at the Peace Center.  I look at this week’s schedule, and it includes more rehearsals, a children’s pageant, and office … Continue reading Crazy HOLIDAY Season