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it’s the winter solstice and all’s well

The house up the street. And a Cabbagetown Christmas to you too.

What’s different this year? It’s Dec. 21 and I’m not frantic! And I realize – this year I’m not producing the pageant on Christmas Eve at Riverdale Farm. It was a tiny bit more stress at a stressful time; I was one of the producers for nine years while my children were at home – Sam playing Wise Man #1 for some years and Anna holding up the illuminated star ahead of the carollers. I quit with relief and then came back after a bit when it seemed they could use a producing hand. And now I’ve left again; they’re a capable bunch. I’ll attend on Tuesday evening with the audience, including, I hope, my grandsons, and then we’ll go to Mary’s magnificent house where the fire is burning and a feast awaits; the smoked salmon is the best anywhere.

On Thursday, a gathering with Y friends, the nicest people in the world, people with real jobs – lawyers, financial analysts, civil servants – I’d never have met anywhere else. It was a great get-together at Fran’s but small and noisy. Next year, we decided everyone from class should come here for a potluck. It’s fun for us to meet each other with our clothes on. A Y joke.

Yesterday, dear friend Nick Rice and his lady love Beth Anne Cole the actress and singer came for dinner. Nick and I appeared in a number of shows together in Vancouver in the seventies. He is still an actor, dashing off to regional playhouses on a regular basis, and working as a supply teacher in T.O. to keep himself afloat. Heroic.

Sent this to Nick today. Never was a truer word said.

Another no on the memoir arrived in the mail yesterday. It was however a very nice, almost regretful note that gave me a bit of comfort. Onward.

Tomorrow, lots going on, but today, completely alone, had lots of options, did none of them, barely left the house despite the blessedly sunny day — decorated my $20 Charley Brown tree that’s tied to the wall to keep it upright and wrapped presents, using colour comics and advertising flyers from the newspaper – thank you Greta.

It’s the winter solstice and Chanukah. Whatever you celebrate, may it be without stress.



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