Covering Dallas, Monmouth, Independence, Falls City and surrounding areas since 1868

12/26 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

December 26, 2012

All things bright and beautiful ...

The Christmas carols have taken flight from the airwaves, wrapping paper is in the recycle bin and we're in the midst of transition from one year to another. The Oregon State Beavers are ready to take on the Texas Longhorns in the Alamo Bowl on Saturday and we're wishing we could escape the winter for warm and sunny San Antonio.

At the moment, though, the sky is a pale wintry blue and buds are appearing on the trees outside my window. We'll begin to see more minutes of daylight now. Even the tiny purple violets are peeking out from beneath the bushes to bring little bits of color and the hope that springtime is not terribly far away.

All creatures great and small ...

Many of us share our homes with pets of all ages, shapes and sizes. Those furry bundles of unconditional love happily welcome us when we come through the door at the end of a weary day. The singing of a bright yellow canary in a kitchen window and cats who believe we are put on the earth for their convenience make our lives better and give us lots of things to laugh about. The bright lights from aquariums and the pets that inhabit them bring their own kind of love as well.

I'm grateful to our local veterinarians (Dr. Ken Lindsay and Drs. Bob and Laura Archer) and their caring staff members who keep our special family members in good health and who are there for us in those dark moments of sadness when illness or accidents occur. Our days are happier with our dogs Lucy and Bear, who bring joy and laughter to our family, and Max the cat, who keeps life interesting.

All things wise and wonderful ...

The Christmas season has always been a time of reflection, faith and family, with everyone settled into the school year and opportunities for learning so much about our communities, our state, our nation and the world we share with others. It is a good time to think about the folks who help guide ourselves, our children and grandchildren through our lifelong education.

The Lord God made them all ...

MI Town is a community of many faiths. As we fully transition into the winter season, it is good to look forward to the year ahead of us and take a moment to be grateful that we have the opportunity to live in peace and harmony in our wonderful corner of the Willamette Valley.