let’s build that wall – yesterday!

2,000 miles of wall would require a greeter every 20 feet – three shifts !! +/- 3 Million jobs, just for starters !!! a payroll of billions n billions just for the greeters… then add the brigades on brigades of social workers, employment specialists, doctors, nurses, public health counselors, housing facilitators, union organizers, transport workers, bus drivers, English teachers… why, my dog, it’d be greatest bonanza ebber!!

Merry Christmas

from now, the days get longer

by Zander Westendarp

Drought Map for Dec. 20th 2018

BILL HOLM – FACES OF CHRISTMAS PAST

From the book of the same name, published in 1997, borrowed from MPR.

Bill Holm was a good friend, He died in 2009.
For further info, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Holm_(poet)

A Cape Breton Christmas

Written by Alistair MacLoed, read by Les Carlson on CBC’s As It Happens, Dec. 21st 1977

A Christmas Poem from Wendell Berry

Remembering that it happened once,
We cannot turn away the thought,
As we go out, cold, to our barns
Toward the long night’s end, that we
Ourselves are living in the world
It happened in when it first happened,
That we ourselves, opening a stall
(A latch thrown open countless times
Before), might find them breathing there,
Foreknown: the Child bedded in straw,
The mother kneeling over Him,
The husband standing in belief
He scarcely can believe, in light
That lights them from no source we see,
An April morning’s light, the air
Around them joyful as a choir.
We stand with one hand on the door,
Looking into another world
That is this world, the pale daylight
Coming just as before, our chores
To do, the cattle all awake,
Our own frozen breath hanging
In front of us; and we are here
As we have never been before,
Sighted as not before, our place
Holy, although we knew it not.

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