We received L's godmother, Helen's Christmas card today. Every year she sends a beautiful handmade card, usually with a quote or verse. This one is especially pertinent, as I returned home from my Mountain Stewards meeting (a group that promotes recycling, and focuses on other environmental issues, here in my town) to find it waiting for me:
(click photo to read; then, per Helen, google "Peony Nebula Star")
John Heyl Vincent was an Episcopal priest and chief founder of the Chautauqua Assembly near Jamestown, New York. We have an assembly near us, and it is a self-contained community (part-time in the summer) of Victorian houses. They have lots of lively programs, but I've yet to go up to one. I know someone who has one of these gems, and says that when they are there, it is the only time of the year when her children can run and bike without her worrying about them.