To Hunker Down
Across America the crops are in, the forest has moved beyond
copper tones to bare, and we’ve chosen a new leader to
speak for us and to carry our hopes into the future. Harvests
have occurred on a host of fronts
There is a natural progression of things, and as after any harvest
it’s now time to take stock. The state of our nation and
our world are precarious, both bound by threads. But so are
our homes, if we look too close. In this period before the coming
winter, when we are still weeks ahead from really needing the
light and warmth of holiday spirits, we can take comfort knowing
that it’s the time when we must all hunker down and take
stock of our needs until the leaves re-emerge, along with the
steady warmth of Spring and Summer, six months hence.
While putting up the storm windows, caulking the cracks, piling
the wood, and stuffing our larders, don’t forget to put
something aside for those who may turn needy over the coming
term. We’ve been noticing how local food banks are being
used four, five, sometimes ten times what they were last year.
Info meetings on HEAP, weatherization and other heating assistance
programs have been more than ever, but still not enough to meet
The bad news is that there will be many new responsibilities
for us all to shoulder, huge challenges we’ll only be
able to face communally. But the good news is the same…
there’s a manner in which hardship brings communities
together. Sharing makes one feel good. There is, in the end,
something great about doing more than what’s just asked
The bad news is that some of our local organizations, once relied
upon to help us through hard times, are facing hard times themselves.
Some will be losing funding, others political spirit. But the
good news is that, when one fails another takes its place. We
are still hardy folk.
Just look at the rising localization effdorts underway. The
neighborliness between towns. The sense of spirited involvement
we all just felt in the harried weeks leading up to this past
We are in the darkening period of our seasons. Definitely on
an annual basis, maybe on something cyclically longer, as well.
So be it.
After any harvest, the hard work begins. But also the stuff,
again, of real living.
Stay warm over the coming months and don’t forget to use
us, your local sounding and message board, for any help you
need, both for giving and taking. Remmeber always to set aside
what one doesn’t need, and start looking for ways of reaching
out to those around you.
We live here in smaller communities because we have chosen this
way. It is what we wanted, and what we will all work to maintain.
Next issue we give thanks. After that, we move on to holidays,
winter fun, and a host of new fronts, including a new presidency.
It’s all worth hunkering down for...