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A few flurries are floating around this afternoon and the warmer temperature of 16 seems like a heat wave. This month is half over which means I have two more weeks of reading, thinking, and filing….in other words relaxing. The fluctuation of weather in this past week has created some interesting situations in areas around…

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Hello from just over the hilltop where January has arrived. I love January! About the middle of December I realize I’m looking forward to January with its beautiful sunshine, slowly but lengthening daylight, and the stopping of extra activities and meetings. I enjoy the freedom from the calendar and just read, sort, file, watch old…

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The Bastilles’ New Year’s Letter Our twelve nights of Christmas come to an end today with the celebration of Epiphany. This is the time-honored day that tradition ascribes to the arrival of the Magi to Bethlehem from the east. They came, led by a star, seeking the Christ Child proclaimed of in the scriptures. Today,…

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Welcome to the year 2018 and the continuing saga of life “just over the hilltop” in Norwood. Right now the mild temperature of 21 feels summery after the bitter cold spell we’ve just come through. But it will be short lived has those low temperatures with wind chill (something I’d never heard of growing up)…

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Tonight Dick and I begin our twelve nights of Christmas, which our family implemented about thirty years ago. In many countries Christmas celebrations begin after Christmas Day with parties, family gatherings, giving of gifts, and of sharing many, many cookies! Each night we included the reading of Christmas cards and praying for those who sent…

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“Will you marry me?” he asks this morning to my surprised delight. I answer quietly, “Yes, I’ll marry you.” Today makes the thirty-fifth proposal from the one who captured my heart all those years ago. I am still in awe that he not only remembers the date, but still wants me. And so we begin…

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