Since Christmas, I’ve enjoyed a short hiatus from photographing and writing. Sometimes it pays to break from a routine for a while so that you can come back refreshed and energized.
Yesterday, and into this morning, we had a snow storm that blanketed the landscape with a heavy, wet snow. It’s the kind of snow that sticks to tree limbs and often results in power outages. We had a few flickers during the day but luckily never lost power. Of course, with our back-up generator system in place, it’s no big deal now if we lose power but I still feel for those who do not have that option.
The winter wonderland scene is motivating us to get out today and snowshoe part of the V.A.S.T. snowmobile trail that crosses the road about a 1/4 mile from our house. So far this winter, we have had minimal snow coverage and the snowmobilers are not out in force yet. A perfect time to snowshoe the trail without being interrupted by the buzz of the snow machine engines and the smell of gasoline fumes! I do not begrudge the snowmobilers their love of the sport, it is just not my thing. I am thankful for the ability to use the trail network that runs near my home for skiing and snowshoeing!
As I contemplate the current state of our nation and the upcoming inauguration of our new president and vice-president, I am hopeful. Hopeful for – unity, not division – respect, not disdain – empathy, not malice – acceptance, not intolerance – truth, not lies. I wish for peace in the week ahead and enthusiastically welcome Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as the new leaders of the country.
On this eve of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I’ll share one of his quotes that really resonates with me.
“If we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.