No, that isn’t a tree growing in our driveway. That’s a Norway maple branch which broke off during Sunday night’s fierce winds and, miraculously, hit no one, nothing as it crashed to the ground. Tilting backwards, that impressively thick branchβ€”and its leafy, smaller branchesβ€”then nestled against the building next door. Today, while more than a half-million people in New England are still without power because of other, less felicitous broken-off branches, ours has already been sawed into manageable bits. So tonight, on All Hallow’s Eve, as I’ll pass out Snickers and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, I’ll take time between doorbell responses to consider Life’s tenuousness. And its preciousness.




*Thanks, George Carlin

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  1. Dear Patricia,

    Well, hi, there, Patricia, and very hearty greetings and salutations to you and to you AND FOR VERY ESPECIALLY FOR YOU, my so, so very For Always awesomely precious and dearly special, soul sistahfriend Christian Quaker woman who you’re For Always so, so very much!!!! WOW, Patricia!!!!! UGH!!!!! Sometimes I struggle with insomnia so instead of with such futility tossing and turning endlessly to no avail I thought that I’d feel much better writing to absolutely AWESOME YOU and your very so cool in spirit and Spirit blog, my so, so very dearest and darling sistah and friend!!!!!! Oh, my gosh, sister!!!!!! Oh, my goodness, sister!!!!! I’m just so, so very glad, thrilled, overjoyed, and happy that you and your dearest and darling husband are safe and okay after that terrible close call with the magnificent Norway maple branch breaking off with the fierce winds you all faced, endured, and experienced in your beloved New England!!!!! WOW!!!!! I thank Spirit that you two are safe, sound, and okay and doing just fine and excellent, Patricia!!!!! πŸ™‚ <3 I For Always daily and very frequently keep you and your so very dearest and darling husband and all of your blessedly precious family covered in my lovingly heartfelt and sensitively caring prayers so I'm just so, so very glad and happy that my prayers for all of your well-being were answered, my friend!!!!!! πŸ™‚ <3 The picture which you've very graciously and generously featured and included with this very inspirational and awe-inspiring blog post article is very powerful and shows the sheer force and aftermath of Nature's furious winds here!!!!! WOW!!!!! The title of this amazing and astounding blog post article is just perfect here and very fitting and applicable to the very great themes and topics of your uplifting writing. I thank Spirit as our Good God as a Verb that you all didn't have too hard and too long of a cleanup and that all of you have power!!!!! WOW!!!!! Sister, I have kind of a similar story. Here in my beloved state of Iowa it is very prone to having tornadoes. More than a decade ago I must have been absolutely exhausted because I slept through a tornado that we had. Upon awakening I saw outside that a ginormous tree branch had broken off from the fierce winds just missing hitting my apartment building and the very same side of the apartment complex where my apartment was located!!!!! WOW!!!!! Was that a close call very much indeed!!!!!!

    Sisterfriend, I so miss giving out candy to children on All Hallow's Eve!!!!! Because I live in an apartment building that is an enclosed area being an apartment complex I'm thinking that parents don't want their children to go inside of an apartment building. Even if children did come to our apartment complex we have locked security doors at our apartment complex so people cannot just walk into the building. Visitors have to be buzzed in to gain entry into the apartment complex.

    Sister, I'm just so, so very filled with such blessed joy because of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. WOW, was our very devoted and dedicated Martin Luther such a very powerful and positive agent of change and reform here for certain. I for a time had been a member of a couple of Lutheran churches when I was in my twenties. I so loved the Lutheran Church and I had become a member of the Lutheran Church shortly after leaving the Catholic Church. When I left the Lutheran Church after a several years it was due to feeling like I couldn't be open and honest about being gay and that I had to hide that!!!!! WOW, that just broke my heart, Patricia!!!!! I'm just so, so very blessed in my very life and eternally blessed to have my so, so very precious and special church where I've been a rejoicing and proud member since the 1990s here in my beloved Iowa City, Iowa called Faith United Church Of Christ!!!!! Here I can be an open, out, rejoicing and proud Christian lesbian woman!!!! It is an Open and Affirming church!!!!! WOW, I feel just so, so very incredibly blessed, Patricia!!!!! I so, so very much love all of my so, so very dearest and darling, precious friends as my sisterfriends and brotherfriends at my wonderful Faith!!!!! πŸ™‚ <3

    Sistah, you've as usual as always here embolden me with such heart, spirit, and courage to as well reflect upon and percolate on Life's tenousness and preciousness. WOW, how Spirit utterly blesses me and my very spirituality with bearing witness to your deeply profound such very astute and acute sagacity straight from your very heart, mind, soul, and spirit, Patricia!!!!! πŸ™‚ <3 WOW!!!! YAY!!!!!! YAY YAY YAY YAY!!!!! Sistahfriend, your words which you very beautifully and keenly intuit with such empowering perception are full of such brilliance and radiance like sunshine in my very life, my very heart, my very spirit, Patricia!!!!! πŸ™‚ Spirit, I've once again as usual as always feel even better and bright from this very chock full of such inspiration blog post article here being very emboldened, encouraged, and so moved in my very heart of hearts and spirit to be wanting, willing, and able to continue showing up and suiting up in showing up for duty in never ever losing heart, never ever losing spirit, and never ever losing Spirit!!!!! WOW, Patricia, your very steadfast prayers and thoughts for me sure do help me a lot, and, in fact, all of your very prayers and thoughts for me straight from your very hearts and spirits each and every one of you just keep me keep on keeping on in keeping my very faith and hope alive with such a sweetly abiding and enduring positive optimism!!!!!! πŸ™‚ <3 I thank-YOU all each and every one of you so!!!!!! πŸ™‚ <3 Sisterfriend, I pray for and think of daily and very frequently praying without ceasing YOU, my so, so very dearest and darling, dear, dearest, precious Patricia, for your awesome husband, for your very dear children, for your very precious grandchildren, for your Loved One in the long term car facility, for your great siblings, and, in fact, for all of your blessed family sending such great and strong positive energy all of your way and I love you all so, so very much and so does Spirit!!!!! πŸ™‚ <3 Sisterfriend, I pray for and think of as well daily and very frequently your blessedly pure in heart friendsfamily at your holy Friends Meeting at Cambridge, for your so so very cool in spirit and Spirit yoga friends, and, in fact, for all of your awesome friends!!!!! Praying and thinking of each and every one of you praying without ceasing sending to you all such very fortifying positive energy, and for others, too, are just so, so very much fun for me and give me such blessed joy, and it is my very joy, honor, blessing, and pleasure to do so!!!!!! πŸ™‚ <3 Sistah, YOU are my very life and eternal blessings, my dear, dearest, precious Patricia, and each and every one of you are my very joyous blessings and I love each and every one of you asking Spirit to so bless you all richly and very bountifully!!!!! πŸ™‚ <3 Patricia, YAY for our very sisterhood and friendship!!!!! WOW!!!! YAY!!!!!! YAY YAY YAY YAY!!!!! YAY for your never ending brilliantly and masterfully composed blog post articles, other fine and excellent writings, and books and with all you do in such a very outstanding fashion diligently and conscientiously doing your absolutely very best and with all you do, Patricia!!!!!! πŸ™‚ <3 YAY for YOU, Patricia!!!!! YAY!!!!! Sistahfriend, by the time you read this it will be Saturday so please have such a superbly super Saturday, a wondrously wonderful rest of your weekend, and may all of your very days be so, so very especially blessed, Patricia!!!!!! πŸ™‚ <3 My friend and sistah, YOU are just the very greatest and the best, and such the very epitome of such overall awesomeness, Patricia!!!!!! πŸ™‚ <3 I, and we, thank-YOU for being the wonderful YOU who you are, Patricia, as I, as we, all love and cherish you so, so very much just as I, as we, know that you love and cherish us so, so very much as well!!!!! πŸ™‚ <3 Patricia, Spirit so, so very much loves and cherishes YOU and so do I A WHOLE BUNCH, too!!!!!! πŸ™‚ <3

    Very Warmly and Sincerely For Always my awesomely special and dearly precious soul sisterfriend Christian Quaker white woman who you're For Always so, so very much, sistahfriend of mine, Patricia, and with My and Spirit's Very Peace and Love FOR YOU FOR ALWAYS, friend of mine, and with Such Blessings and Such Very Even More Blessings FOR YOU FOR ALWAYS, sistah of mine, πŸ™‚ <3

    Yours FOR ALWAYS soul sistahfriend Christian black woman and FOR ALWAYS in the very great spirit of unity and solidarity, Sherry Gordon in Iowa City, Iowa πŸ™‚ <3

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