Tag: Christmas

Sweet Lorane Community News, December 13, 2018

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
December 13, 2018
By Pat Edwards

The holidays this year are like a speeding train and taking a whole week out of my life to deal with the flu derailed my plans to get the house decorated and shopping started. I think I’m back on track for now anyway… at least the shopping part of it. Because our family has grown to giant proportions over the past few years, Jim’s and my focus is on making sure the little ones get to rip open presents on Christmas morning. The older members get small, funk, token gifts when we all gather at our house for a Christmas breakfast and then, later, a dinner for those who are able to stay. For the adults, our biggest blessing is to be together to celebrate.

I’m always reminded this time of year of a Christmas story told to me by one of Lorane’s “old timers,” Lyle Conrad, who Nancy, Marna and I interviewed in 1987 for our book. Lyle had grown up in the Ham Road area of Lorane and at the time of the interview, lived with his wife Hazel and family in their home at the base of Stony Point. The story was included in our books, Sawdust and Cider and From Sawdust and Cider to Wine.
“Lyle Conrad remembers his father, Orville, telling of one of his Christmases as a child. Orville said he was hoping to get an orange that Christmas, and sure enough, that was what he got. Orville said, ‘Well, at least I got my Hope.’”

Let’s all “hope” for those things that are attainable in our current circumstances, but never allow our dreams to darken. We all have the potential to work toward the goals we set for ourselves. We just need to want them badly enough.

The Angel Tree at the Lorane Family Store is continuing to have its “fruit” plucked daily and as of this writing it is bare again, thanks to the giving spirit of our community that is making sure that each child in our midst has his or her “hopes” fulfilled. Regardless of the holiday each family is celebrating, it becomes especially meaningful when we share our bounty with others. Thank you to all of the generous souls who have fulfilled an angel’s wish. Surprisingly (or maybe not so surprisingly) when you participate, you end up feeling that you are being gifted, too.

Just a couple events that I haven’t reported on recently that you may want to take part in…

Yoga classes are being offered at 9:30 a.m., Thursdays, and/or 6:15 p.m., under the stars, on Tuesdays. Yoga is a fun, safe way to develop balance, inner strength, flexibility, relaxation and stress relief! This class is for all levels regardless of yoga experience. It’s offered by Happy Hikers’ Fitness located at 29077 Cottage Grove-Lorane Road; call 818-535-0670 for more information or check out their Facebook page. A few spots are available; $12 donation is requested for each class.

Evening classes are held under the stars, in a yurt and a bonus of tea and cookies after the class is offered. Come let your inner radiance shine.

I have a note from Beverley Sieminski reminding those who expressed interest in the group she formed for spinning, knitting, crocheting, quilting—“whatever”—that they have begun meeting again. They met last Thursday and hope to interest others who might want to join them after the holidays. According to Beverley, it’s a very casual group that meets at her loft shop on Siuslaw River Road. She has lots of supplies and those who want to learn how to do one of these crafts are encouraged to attend. I don’t have Beverley’s contact info, but she can be messaged on the Lorane Facebook page.

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.