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Final Posting for 2020, a Year We Will Never Forget!

Thursday, December 31st, 2020

Dear Readers,

This year has been a doozy! Who ever thought we would experience a pandemic?

I found a quote with a photo that seems to sum up, for me, how I feel about humanity at this time. I found it on the Internet and it seems to express in a few words some of what I am feeling about this year.

Hopefully, in our solitude, loneliness, or dark days of COVID-19, we have learned, as the quote notes, to live in the light of our own being, remaining resilient enough to weather this “storm” upon our planet and learning from it.

I wish you all a safe, healthy, and peaceful New Year with the hope that we never experience this kind of devastation again!


I Googled Hafiz and found this:

Persian lyric poet Hafiz (born Khwāja Šamsu d-Dīn Muḥammad Hāfez-e Šīrāzī) grew up in Shiraz. Very little is known about his life, but it is thought that he may have memorized the Qur’an after hearing his father recite passages. When his father died, he left school to work at a bakery and as a copyist.


P.S. I also want to take this posting to thank all of you who read my entries and especially those who send comments. As I noted when I first started this blog in 2006: “Words are my oxygen” and posting on Menupause gives me a satisfaction I never expected. My son Ira suggested I do this, so my thanks for his advice. We learn from our children, if only we would listen!


Heartfelt Poem from Mary Lou Meyers

Thursday, December 24th, 2020
Here is a beautiful poem by my classmate Mary Lou that seems perfect for this difficult time when I wish you not only Peace on Earth but a renewed spirit to help us weather the storm of COVID-19. ellensue
Stay By the Fireside Bright
Keep safe and low key,
a few family members and trustworthy friends,
know where they’ve been.
The words of Dr. Fouche, soon to be 80
on Christmas Eve.
He’s been weathering the storm of controversy
in his own way, staying the course,
facts and figures he displays to the public.
Steady as you go,
let Christmas Past last through the holiday,
outside the Rack and Ruin of those
who didn’t abide the strategy for staying alive.
200,000 to 300,000 cases each day
throughout the USA.
California, a basket case
running out of ICU beds.
Murder rates escalate

See how the moonlight shines on the snow,

we haven’t had a white scene for so long it seems;
outside a planetary show, Jupiter and Saturn
within a hair’s breath of each other.
Only a phone call away those
we love to share our special day.
Still closer than ever the challenge to remain safe,
our task at hand through the thick and thin of it,
Steady as you go
Watch with delight the local color unfold
when you fill your feeder:
the Cardinal in his bright robe as if St Nick were here
to give you the cheer of the season.  The Blue Jay
sizes them all up and seizes the moment
to snatch the biggest seed,
while the red-headed woodpecker indulges in the suet
like hasty pudding, you can almost see his stomach expand
as we do ours after turkey or ham and all the trimmings.
Watch the antics of the squirrel dip and dive into his cache,
don’t mind if he crosses your path, he’s free of the disease.
Shower Love upon those both near and a phone call away
lifting you to an understanding of Humankind’s Fate
is with you today to obey the stay-at-home,
and synchronize your clock, a new Day is about to come.
The stars of righteousness and light are with you tonight,
showing the way through the Pandemic,
and shining brightly on those who observe
the stay-at-home remembrances.