For the past few years, my Thanksgiving Dinner has been spent with Carolisa Pomerantz, her mom, and Judy Margolin, Carolisa's friend of decades. This November Judy died, leaving our ranks depleted. Requiescat in pace, Judy. Her death was a sobering reminder to make use of the time we have, since none of know how much of it is left.
Still, Carolisa and I spent a delightful dinner with her mother Ruth, optimistic and cheery despite her 97 years, and increasing frailty. Then it was time for the two youngsters to head up to Mt. Baldy to join our friends at the Sierra Club's Harwood Lodge, a sojourn we've now been making each November since at least 2009. Despite the frigid conditions, we spent a couple of days hiking.
We worked our way through a dusting of snow, a hopeful harbinger of the first decent California ski season in years due to a warming of the Pacific Ocean known as El Nino, that sends more winter storms to the state, which could relieve our drought. This time of year, it's time to reflect on what really matters, not material gain from Black Friday bargains, or a holiday gift exchange, but the love of family and friends. As we approach the winter solstice, whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, I wish you and yours a meaningful and heartfelt holiday season. May the New Year prove healthy and prosperous.
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