In The Wee Hours: Madam Vice President

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I’m going to let you in on a little secret.

Ready?

I didn’t vote for President Obama.

Twice.

That’s right. At the time, I was still laboring under the delusion that a certain political party actually shared my values. I have since come to the realization, especially over the past five or so years, that it absolutely doesn’t. For that matter, no political party does 100%, but I digress.

I didn’t vote for President Obama. However, on his first Inauguration Day, I put my political differences aside and rejoiced that America had elected it’s first ever Black president. Just two miles from where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had given his iconic “I Have A Dream” speech 45 years earlier, a Black man was instituted to the highest office of the land. That juxtaposition and significance was not lost on me. I admit that anything I felt assuredly paled in comparison to the emotions of the millions of Black men, women, and children in that crowd and watching at home. I can’t even imagine. It was truly a historic day in our nation’s history.

Later today, Kamala Devi Harris will be sworn in as the Vice President of the United States. This time, I did vote for her (and President-Elect Biden, but mostly her). I know many didn’t. I know some of my friends and family didn’t. If you didn’t, I’d like to challenge you (and them) to do something: lay your politics aside for a moment and recognize the historic event taking place.

For the first time in our nation’s history, we have
the first Black,
the first Asian,
and the first Female
Vice President!!!

Regardless of your political leanings, that is something to celebrate!

The US has been significantly behind the world when it comes to women in power. It is long, long past time for a woman to ascend to the highest office in the land. For now, we’ll rejoice in one reaching the second-highest. I am elated to see this finally happen. I’m even more happy for my young nieces to see this happen.
Representation matters!
Having women in power matters!
Having women of color in power matters!
Kamala is the first.
l hope and pray that she isn’t the last.

Sunday Sabbath: Ave Maria

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For your listening pleasure, my favorite setting of Ave Maria.
I recommend headphones.
Enjoy.

Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariae
et concepit de Spiritu sancto.

Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum.
Benedicta tu in mulieribus,
Et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Jesus, Jesus.

Maria dixit: Ecce ancilla Domini.
Fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum.

Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum.
Benedicta tu in mulieribus,
Et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Jesus, Jesus.

Et Verbum caro factum est
et habitavit in nobis.

Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum.
Benedicta tu in mulieribus,
Et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Jesus, Jesus.

Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus,
Sancta Maria, ora pro nobis, nunc et in hora mortis nostrae.
Amen. Amen. Amen.

The angel of God visited Maria
and she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

Hail Mary, Full of grace, the Lord is with you.
Blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus, Jesus.

Maria said: See the servant of the Lord. 
May it happen to me according to your word.

Hail Mary, Full of grace, the Lord is with you.
Blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus, Jesus.

And the Word became flesh
and lived among us.

Hail Mary, Full of grace, the Lord is with you.
Blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners,
Holy Mary, pray for us now and in the hour of our death.
Amen. Amen. Amen.

Throwback Thursday: 2020 Christmas Letter

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A snapshot of my 2020…the “normal” parts at least.
I’ll elaborate on some of it in later posts.

Dear Friends and Family,

Well, this has been quite a year, hasn’t it? I don’t know about you, but I am excited and slightly apprehensive to see the back side of it. I’m very ready for things to begin to be somewhat “normal” and more stable.  Yet, despite the upheaval and uncertainty of this past year, there has been good.

I have lived at my little place on the farm for a year now. I’ve been incredibly grateful for it, especially in light of all the “stay at home” time we’ve had. It was nice to have acres of outdoor space available to me during those times. As part of the remodelling of the outbuilding my home is attached to, my landlord created a private, paved patio area and a large storage closet for me. The patio turned out to be a real blessing. I was able to entertain friends and family on my patio in a “safe” manner over the summer. I was also able to try my hand at container gardening for the first time in about 15 years. I had some successes (zucchini and tomatoes) and failures (beans and cucumbers). My garden brought me much  joy. I learned a lot and am already planning my garden for next year. Now that the garden has wound down, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying birdwatching. I set up several feeders and regularly see sparrows, juncos, hummingbirds, chickadees, finches, towhees, jays, and a northern flicker. Ziva has been enjoying the added entertainment as well.  

Aside from a few new protocols, my job has been completely unaffected by the pandemic. I am very, very blessed in that regard. I still work for the same homecare agency. None of my patients or their families have been ill with COVID, thanks be to God. 

My health has also been good. This time last year, I sustained a minor injury to my right lower leg. It didn’t want to heal, so in January, I had a minor surgical procedure to open up and clean out what turned out to be a fairly severe, deep tissue injury. The next several months were filled with twice-weekly visits to a wound clinic to help heal the injury. As of August, it is fully healed. I have quite the scar from my ordeal, but I’m pleased that this was my only “health crisis” this year, especially in the light of the pandemic.I hope and pray that you are also well and that you are able to find Joy this holiday season despite it’s strangeness. Our celebrations might be different, but the one thing that remains the same is Emmanuel, God With Us, who’s birth we celebrate. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Now that is some “tidings of Comfort and Joy”!

Merry Christmas and a Brighter New Year!
Janet