To all of my faithful blog-readers, I hope you have a very Merry Christmas. To those of you who celebrate in other ways, may your Holidays be shiny and bright!
This year, I am stuck in bed. But I am truly aware of the transformative power of this Season of Hope. In bed, I have plenty of time to think, to wonder. And it occurs to me that there is truly so much for which to be grateful--deeply, earnestly grateful for--this year.
On a personal level, I am going to finally get, and be, healthy.
It's been a long time coming. My insides and outsides are sore, but I am taking comfort in the fact that in only a few more weeks, I can eat whatever I choose, and fully enjoy meals again(smile).
In terms of our country, I have very high hopes. Though my idealism has been pinched a bit--I still do not understand President-Elect Obama choosing Rick Warren, when he could've chosen someone much more inclusive(Roman Catholic women-priests advocate, and advocate for peace, Fr. Roy Bourgeois; author of Dead Man Walking, and capital-punishmment opponent, Sr. Helen Prejean; openly gay, Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson, to name a few) to speak at his inauguration--I remain very optimistic. This country has endured for many years, and will continue to endure. I hope that we will begin to see ourselves, as I wrote at Salon.com, many months ago, not as merely "Americans", but as "Citizens of the World".
Have Happy Holidays!