by J J Cohen
"How are you?" The customer ahead of me in the Dunkin Donuts line asked this of the young man at the register, in the perfunctory way that New Englanders use the phrase, never expecting a reply. "I AM ALIVE!" he announced with the widest grin. We were flying back to DC from Manchester NH on Christmas, and that seemed a small gift. As were the donuts we allowed our kids to eat just before lunch.
Whether you are celebrating the solstice, Yule, Christmas, Festivus, Boxing Day, the end of the semester or the fact that life-goes-on-so-why-not-revel, here's hoping that your observances bring you joy. And many gifts, great and small, especially from unlikely places.
My holiday card to you consists of two images from our recent trip: sunset as viewed from the small "mountain" where my sister lives in Maine, and a scene of snow along the rocks from the nearby coast.
Wishing you all the best for 2014,