We woke up yesterday to find our backyard blanketed in many more inches of snow than we had expected. It was the thick, heavy snow that bends small trees to the ground and breaks off large limbs from the great white pines. It also temporarily turns our funny little garden shed into an enchanted fairy tale cottage.
Earlier in the week we'd walked the icy trails at Gilsland Farm, seeking quiet amidst the chaos of the season. This year's holidays have felt even more tumultuous than usual. I think the news of the world after this long, often terrible, year has left many of us exhausted.
In the face of unrest and suffering in the world, I've found myself turning more and more to the wintery landscapes and seascapes of my home state for solace. It's there in the bone-colored branches of birches, the grey ocean waves laced with white, and the dry tufts of frozen grass in open fields that I look for the escape my heart longs for.
I haven't become a complete hermit, I promise. I welcome the cries of seagulls as I walk the cobblestoned streets of Portland, the rush of winter robins' wings overhead in the trees, and the laughter of school kids swooping down hillsides on makeshift sleds.
And the companionship of loved ones. I'm not always up for talking these days, but I am almost always up for a walk, and a shared cup of something warm when we return home.
Choosing my word for 2017 was easy. I didn't even think about it. I just knew: peace. That's all I hope for this year. Peace for those I love, for myself, and for the world. Over the summer I taught myself how to play ukulele, and one of the first songs I learned how to play was John Lennon's "Imagine." As I learned the chords and gradually discovered how to weave the words in as I played, I found myself experiencing the song in a new way. I've always loved the lyrics, but each time I now come to "Imagine all the people, living life in peace," I feel it so strongly that I often have to stop playing for a few moments. Peace is what I hope for, for me and for you, my friends. I will do my best to help make it happen in the tiny ways that I know how. Wishing you a year of joyful adventures, truly funny moments, inspiration, love, and peace. xo Gigi