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It’s December and starting to feel like the holidays; I am behind on presents, and the tree we’ve had up since before Covid is finally seasonal again, so situation normal. I’m also planning my end-of-year donations, to food banks, animal welfare groups, medical and other help for those who need it, and more.

We are not here to curse the darkness, but to light a candle that can guide us through the darkness to a safe and sure future.

— John F. Kennedy

This video of the Children’s Choir of Ukraine is helping me get into the holiday spirit.

They also gave another performance in Grand Central: Ambassador Bridget A. Brink on Twitter: “Light amid darkness…

For more on the choir and the Ukrainian origins of the song itself, check out this article.

100 years ago, ‘Carol of the Bells’ came to America — from Ukraine : NPR

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Photo by Rob Wicks on Unsplash

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It’s a question I sometimes ask as I see the news: What would it be like if that were my town, my street, my house? Perhaps you do too.

With apologies to Parliament, a minor experiment:

Parliament Building, Ottawa, ON. Photo by Erik Mclean on Unsplash, with the Apocalypse Photoshop Action by Eugene-design

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Depressing? A bit, sorry for that. But if it helps me be even a little more empathetic, it’s worth it.

One of my favorite ways to help is to feed people. World Central Kitchen is doing just that.

More links and resources from our favorite local (and Ukrainian co-owned) bakery: Stand with Ukraine – The Black Walnut Bakery Inc.

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One of the side effects of growing up mixed race and adopted is the (often in-your-face) realization that a lot of how we divide ourselves into “us” and “them” is a matter of choice.

Like so many of you, I’m watching the war in Ukraine and hoping the news will improve.

I don’t know any Ukrainians (or many Russians). They aren’t Americans or Canadians or African Americans or Swedish Americans or Italians or Germans or French or Irish or any of the other categories that I might reasonably be expected to claim as “my” people. But they are people.

And that’s what matters. 

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“I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien, Author and Veteran

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