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Reclaiming Peace

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The days following a disruptive weather event can be a confusing mix, emotionally. The threat has lifted and calm ensues, but the anxiety adrenaline hangover lingers. We are lucky to have dodged any significant damage or loss of power, but the multiple inches of dirty snow/slush, speckled with innumerable broken branches, delay the feeling of relief we seek.

Thank goodness for our hills and valleys that break up the wind around here.

The open terrain to the west didn’t protect the overexposed, iced up power poles lining roadways.

We don’t have anything near that level of clean up facing us. That must have been a real shocker to come upon.

Some of the local hunters stopped by for permission to cross our property with their dogs in search of coyotes. A short time later, gunshots rang out.

I had watched as the group of hounds calmly traveled out of the neighboring corn field and into the woods, with a single hunter walking behind them. After they disappeared into the ravine beyond our property, we never saw another glimpse of them.

One of these days, I’m going to ask if I can tag along. It occurred to me yesterday, that in all our years here, I have never actually seen a coyote. I’m curious about the logistics of how they finally get proximity to shoot, and then how they find their way out of the woods while carrying their kill.

In less than three weeks, our annual participation in the World Labyrinth Day peace walk will be upon us. We are finding it difficult to envision how we might be ready.

It’s not just the peace pole that can’t stand up in the soft earth. The stones balanced at each turn spend more time toppled that upright with all the freezing and thawing going on.

Our exercise may just be to claim our peace with accepting things just as they are.

Windy, calm; wet, or dry.





Written by johnwhays

April 14, 2019 at 9:37 am

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  1. We had a large amount of rain here today and even had a tornado warning for awhile. Everything very wet with water rushing down the dry creek bed behind the house. Fields are very soggy. I was just relieved that the propane tank, which is now full of propane, did not come out of the ground again.

    Jim Parker

    April 14, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    • I expect we will be sharing weather drama with increasing frequency if things keep progressing this way. Glad things didn’t end any worse for you than the heavy rain.


      April 14, 2019 at 8:52 pm

  2. Hi John…my the weather has not given you a break yet! Sending you all the good energy I can muster to make it through to the thaw! I can’t say sending warmth as I am in the north…and not quite liking it…though it is better than what you are experiencing!!
    Hang in there. Before you know it you will feel the warmth radiating!
    Hope you are well otherwise!


    April 14, 2019 at 10:00 am

    • Thank you, Lorrie! We are well. The sun is out this afternoon and having a big impact on melting the mess and lightening our mood!


      April 14, 2019 at 4:56 pm

      • Gotta love that ability of the sun!!☀️
        Happy to hear it, John!


        April 14, 2019 at 5:00 pm

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