Sweet Lorane Community News – December 17, 2015

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
December 17, 2015
By Pat Edwards

At the time I’m writing this, we’re a week away from Christmas and by the time you read it, it will be upon us. Hopefully, your holiday shopping is done, you’ve been able to celebrate the season with friends, coworkers and family, and once the festivities are done for one more year, you will be looking forward to a New Year – 2016 – that will bring each of us an easing of tensions, a world of peace and prosperity, the warmth of home, and the love of family and friends.

Am I a dreamer? Probably. But it’s also a dream of mine that we can each begin to put aside our hostilities long enough to begin listening and conversing with each other instead of trying to out-shout those who don’t hold the same opinions. So much dissent is based on black and white ideologies. We need to be able to blend them and allow more gray from thoughtful compromise to enter into our conversations so that we can have even a remote chance of finding solutions.

I’m in my twilight years, so my prayers and hopes are mainly for the future of my children, grandchildren and most especially for my little great-granddaughter and two great-grandsons and all sharing their generations. May they be able to live their lives knowing and experiencing peace and goodwill.

So, with those thoughts, I wish each of you a very Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays (whichever you feel comfortable in accepting) and a truly Happy New Year. Just know that contained in both of those greetings are my heartfelt wishes for a holiday filled with joy, family, and friends to each of you.

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