“If you happen to read fairy tales, you will observe that one idea runs from one end of them to the other--the idea that peace and happiness can only exist on some condition. This idea, which is the core of ethics, is the core of the nursery-tales.” ― G.K. Chesterton
"I believe in books. And when our people - our people of Jerusalem, let's say after the Romans destroyed the temple and the city, all we took is a little book, that's all. Not treasures, we had no treasures. They were ransacked, taken away. But the book - the little book - and this book produced more books, thousands, hundreds of thousands of books, and in the book we found our memory, and our attachment to that memory is what kept us alive." - Elie Wiesel
The day before yesterday- Christmas Day- Eastern Canada was hit with a winter storm. New Brunswick and PEI got a lot of snow, but here in Nova Scotia the storm consisted mostly of freezing rain and high winds. This led to uprooted trees, downed power lines, and widespread power outages. I was at my parents' place and the power went out around 4:00 pm, just when we were preparing Christmas dinner. Fortunately the turkey had been cooked in the morning; we ate a lukewarm dinner by lamp and candle light, which was kind of fun. What wasn't so fun was the fact that my parents have a well, so when there's no power, there's no water. We managed but the lack of coffee was a bit of a hardship. As the outage continued for hours, we became concerned about the perishable food items and so carried them outside where the temperature was below zero and put them in the cars so that they would stay cold.
We passed time in the evening sitting around the dining room table, working on puzzles in the lamp light and taking turns reading aloud from Little Women. The power remained out until around 11:00 am the following morning; there was much rejoicing when it came back on. We were fortunate, because some people lost their power for much longer, or had damages caused to their property by the storm. In the end, it wasn't the Christmas that we had envisioned, but parts of the experience were actually quite enjoyable, and it was a Christmas that we won't soon forget.
"To sit alone in the lamplight with a book spread out before you, and hold intimate converse with men of unseen generations - such is a pleasure beyond compare. " -Kenko Yoshida
"Fail not to call to mind, in the course of the twenty-fifth of this month, that the Divinest Heart that ever walked the earth was born on that day; and then smile and enjoy yourselves for the rest of it; for mirth is also of Heaven's making." - Leigh Hunt