Do you hear that sound? What sound, you ask? The sound of calm after the holidays.  The moment when we realize the guests have left and the errands are complete.  The moment when we finally look around and notice all we have missed while immersed in the hustle and bustle of preparing for the holiday.

Personally, the days immediately following New Years Day are mixed emotion days for me.  The first couple weeks of January I relax in the glow of Christmas and the expectation of new beginnings. Yet, intermingled amidst my joyous feelings there is a feeling of sadness as I realize that the holiday season has ended as "normal" life returns.  Since the time when I was a young child I have loved the period from Halloween to New Years because of the festivities, the traditions, the foods, smells, sights, etc.  Yet it seems that as soon as Halloween is upon us, in a flash, we are past New Years Day!  As I sit writing this post I wonder where it all went.  I think back to the preparations, excitement, anticipation, expectation, then the joy of Christmas' arrival ... now what?  As I sit here and reflect I…

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Today the Christian world celebrates the Epiphany; the commemoration of the moment when the three kings, or wise men, arrived at the birthplace of Jesus. They had journeyed far and long, following a star in the sky. Why did they embark upon this journey? They noticed something different and new in the sky; sensing its importance, they chose to follow it. They interpreted this sign in the sky to be significant and a sign of the arrival of a powerful person, a king. I have no doubt that although wearied by the journey, they were excited by the anticipation of their findings.

When they arrived at their destination they found the powerful person whom they were seeking, in a barn! Talk about blown expectations. Their journey of significance; their journey of anticipation at finding a powerful king on his throne, led them instead to a barn and a baby lying in a manger. A manger, its prior and intended use, from which the lowly and dirty animals ate.  They found a defenseless baby laying in an animals' food bowl. Talk about a let down.

Along our life's journey, when our anticipated expectations don't live up to reality, how do we…

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Marvin New Year's comic strip 2014

Happy New Year 2016!!  As I reflect on writing this post I realize that this time last week I gathered with family and friends to enjoy Christmas Day, while just last night I joined with family and friends watching the Times Square ball descend into a new year.  A lot seems to happen in a short time during the holiday season.  But what does it all mean?  As I relax with a good cup of coffee on this first morning of the new year, I reread this Marvin comic I came upon a couple of years ago as I feel it's still perfect for today!  When you think about it, what makes this morning any different from yesterday's morning?  It feels the same; I'm doing the same things, the people around me are the same, the scenery is the same, and yes, the smell is the same.  But I am told it is the start of a new year!  New beginnings from old.  New opportunities and adventures!  Ahhhh..... the promise of new.  But it doesn't feel new.  Does it feel or smell new to you?  What is different today from yesterday? So, if this new year still "smells" like…

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