A V-formation flock of geese seems to have one member of the group as the leader, but each member takes its turn at the point of the V, leading the way as the others in the formation honk in encouragement. The geese stay together, even when one becomes sick or injured; the group stays with it until it is well enough to continue the journey at its regular pace.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
A Snowy Forecast
I've been trying really hard to think of something to blog
about and not succeeding too well. Lots of people are blogging about the
election, but that's just too depressing.I could tell you about my two upcoming surgeries, but that's depressing
too and leads back to the election and the huge increase in price and reduction
in coverage I'm facing thanks to Obamacare.I guess that leaves the weather.
I thought about illustrating this blog with a cute picture
of my little granddaughter, Jennifer, playing in the leaves, but she wouldn't
go near the pile of leaves.She barely
touches one at a time with her toe.
But I did get a
pretty good shot of our spectacular firebush with little Jen checking out
individual leaves. According to the weatherman this beautiful fall weather is leaving us this
week to be replaced with snow.We need
the snow!Another dry winter will limit
the West's water next summer, damage trees, and create a number of unpleasant
problems.A good snowfall not only
improves our water situation, but brings in lots of skiers who spend money and
fill our tax coffers.Still I hate
driving on icy roads, worrying about my family driving on icy roads, and just
plain being cold.
Perhaps I should stick to blogging about my next book.It has a title now, Where the River Once Flowed. My editor and I are almost finished
with the edit; I don't have a cover yet, but it is due for release in
February.If you read The Heirs of Southbridge, you'll
remember when Clayton decided to return East to attend school and visit the
plantation where he was born, his younger brother opted to go further
west.This new book features three major
characters, one of which is the younger brother, Travis.
This month is a month when American's thoughts generally
turn to giving thanks and this month's Wish List contest is focusing on
gratitude, though any comment on any of my blogs, as long as it's tasteful,
will count as an entry in the contest.The winner will receive an LDS novel of his/her choice from my
bookshelves. (US only unless postage is sent by winner to cover shipping cost) Admittedly I'm disappointed in many aspects of
this recent election, but I'm thankful to be an American.I'm grateful to live in a country where I can
express my dissatisfaction and not fear punishment.I'm grateful to live in a country where there
is still hope for a course correction when rights are trampled on.I'm grateful for all of the hardworking
individuals who built this country.I'm
grateful for all those who died to ensure this land's liberty and I'm thankful
I can worship God and seek His blessings upon all who sincerely endeavor to
protect this country from a loss of liberty. I'm grateful, too, that every four
years we get another chance to try to get it right.