Christmas Musings…

Cowboy & I in Stowe, Vermont

Greetings RLD Family,

I’d like to take this moment to thank you for your support over the last 6 years of the blog. I’ve learned that content flows better when I have time to relax, or something outrageous happens.

Sadly, downtime has been a fleeting memory due to an insane schedule, and outrageous acts seem to happen so regularly that at times you think we are in bizarro world. If you are a Christian, you may think we are at the end of days as per Revelations.

But this I know – we made it though 2019! We are on the cusp of a new year AND a new decade. We are stepping into our purpose, taking it to the next level, and making our goals come to fruition – together!!

Most importantly, we celebrate today (or this week depending on your faith). We pause, we spend time with loved ones, and we break bread.

The Cowboy and I are in at our holiday getaway in Stowe. Today we will get a few runs in on the slopes, and enjoy our brief respite from reality.

I can’t let the day end without honoring two people I’ve lost this year – Jake Burton and Marion Hughes. Jake Burton was The Godfather of snowboarding. On our last trip to Stowe in March, I was sitting in the lodge chatting with two guys while the Cowboy was getting a few more runs in. They talked about both surviving cancer, and living every day to the fullest. We joked around and they shared a few snowboarding tips. One of those guys was Jake Burton. He was so down to earth, so cool, that you would never know he ran an empire. He passed away this November after losing his battle to cancer.

Marion Hughes was a dear friend who I also met on a ski trip. We were close friends for more than a decade until cancer took her in November as well.

I dedicated my last run yesterday – which was flawless (trust me that’s rare with my skill set 😂) to Marion and Jake.

May today be filled with love and peace. If you are missing someone today, may their memory be a blessing. And as we approach 2020, consider this as your motto (always heard it as a little girl on the Caribbean radio station in NY):

“Live every day as if it was your last…because someday it will be”

Don’t wait. Seize the day. Make your dreams happen. And get ready for a whole lotta abundance!!!!

Happy holidays y’all!!

A toast with a local Vermont cider 💕💕

Merry Christmas! 

Thank you RLD family, for all of your love, support and comments throughout this year. 

As I have said before, love is the most precious as well as priceless gift we can give. Give it abundantly, not only on Christmas Day, but every day!! ❤️

My husband and I are spending our Christmas in Stowe, enjoying the snow and each other. May you have a holiday filled with love, friends and family. 

M. 

The Cowboy and I on a sleigh ride in Stowe, VT

Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus…and he’s whatever you want him to be!

black santa

Black, White, Latino, Asian — the only limits are your imagination!

This image is my favorite…only because imagine how Santa must feel on December 26, after all the deliveries, screaming kids and holiday craziness!

The silly debate as to the race of Santa Claus is another cheap shot at getting ratings and pandering to a right wing that, I venture to say, does not speak to the majority of conservatives.

No one can discount the power of images; and to see positive images that look like you is empowering. The purpose of Santa is to give kids hope, joy, and to celebrate their innocence.

Imagine a nation of children that feel pride in themselves, and feel included? What great things can be accomplished? Or is that too scary for some people?

That is a debate for another day….

Christmas is a time to put aside petty differences, and celebrate the birth of Christ. If the religious aspect is not your thing, it is to celebrate family (blood family or close friends). It is yet another time to be thankful for what you have, irregardless of what material things you receive.

Because you, have the greatest gift of all: LIFE.

And as my mother always said “once there’s life, there’s hope”

Merry Christmas to all, and to all, a good night!

M.

Why Such Craziness?

Why Such Craziness?

Violence mars Black Friday frenzy

Shootings, stabbing, robbery and brawls taint the Black Friday shopping frenzy, as bargain-hunters mob malls across the US.

I always love seeing how other countries view us in their news coverage of US events.  It is embarrassing that people feel the need to act a fool on Black Friday…especially when the deals really aren’t that great. Weigh in and tell me what you think!