Christmas 2020

If you are a fan of the Netflix show Stranger Things, then you will know what I mean when I say that 2020 was the year of living in the Upside Down. Here’s one of my favorite quotes about 2020: “This is not the year to get everything you want. This is the year to appreciate everything you have.”  With that in mind, I appreciate:

        …the good health of everyone in my immediate family, and that both of my cataract surgeries were successful.

        …the birth of our great-nephew Caleb in March and our granddaughter Rori Rose Keeney in June, and that they all live within driving distance of us.

        …all the planning and work that Walt and Lexi did to pivot from a traditional wedding in August to one of the best weddings ever, under a tent in our backyard with just immediate family and the wedding party. Such happiness grown out of disappointment and sadness!

        …being elected president of Impact 100 Garden State, which inspires me in countless ways, enables me to serve while at home, and brings so many wonderful women into my circle.

       …that more Americans voted in this election than at any time ever, and that both democracy and hope have managed to survive.

       …the creativity of writers, comedians, and artists of all kinds who make us laugh, pivot, and inspire us to find our best selves in the midst of so much that disturbed and saddened us.

       …the paid roof over our heads, the toilet paper in our pantry, the food in our freezers, and that we still have enough to share with others who don’t.

       …all the essential workers, especially the doctors and nurses, who don’t have the luxury of working from home and who care for us like family at great personal risk.

       …all my tribes: our neighborhood tribe, my former publishing tribe, my family tribe, my CFJ and FISH tribes, my Delta Nu tribe, my oldest friends’ and newest friends’ tribes.  The laughter, kindness, wisdom, insight, generosity, and comfort that I get from all of you provides me with strengthened immunity to fight not just the virus but all of life’s infections.

       …grace in the world – grace that “meets us where we are but doesn’t leave us where it found us.” (Anne Lamott).

       May this Christmas and holiday season find you warm and safe among loved ones. Hoping we will finally be able to see each other in person and hug in 2021!

4 thoughts on “Christmas 2020

  1. Great pictures! It has indeed been quite a year. Great seeing you all yesterday. The game was a great idea. Be well, and happy new year. Love, Sara

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  2. Beautiful photos and beautiful sentiment!  Thanks for sharing.

    I often think of our Greece trip.  Hopefully 2021 will bring the gift of travel back to us.  If not – may we all stay safe and healthy!


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    • Linda – so lovely to hear from you and I often also think of our Greece trip – my daughter mentioned the other day – “do you know that the word gymnasium comes from a Greek word that means naked because the Greek athletes worked out naked?” – and I was right back in Olympia walking around the ruins.
      Hope you are healthy and safe – we all quarantined for two weeks so that we could all be safe in our bubble this Christmas – and it was just wonderful. Can’t wait to travel again either!


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