Wednesday, December 23, 2009

...Where the Treetops Glisten...

Injustice can be eliminated, but human conflicts and natural limitations cannot be removed. The conflicts ... cannot be controlled or transcended. They can, however, be endured and survived. It is possible for there to be a dance with life, a creative response to its intrinsic limits and challenges ...

[Sharon Welch, A Feminist Ethic of Risk]

Here in the Chihuahua Desert, Christmas presents a different face from its holiday song and the winter carol image. December here is dry and mild. No snow. No sleighs.

Trees, when nurtured, can grow in our sandy soil. But there are almost no traditional evergreen trees in our yards.

We celebrate the season, nevertheless.

One humble home in Central El Paso displays a creative response to annual seasonal decorating, even starting before Thanksgiving each year. The branches of its front yard tree glisten in the Sun City's daylight beams, catching the sun with sparkle and color that is reflected from an array of ordinary cans...something others might merely discard.

By night, the branches' twinkling lights illuminate the yard.

Life will never be without challenges, conflicts, and limitations. But we can always choose our

response, making the most of what we have with

creativity and joy.

And maybe that is a message of the season.


mmlindsey said...

Feliz Navidad, B & P!

Miss you guys and so look forward to sharing life with you again!

mucho amor,


Jamie said...

Are you putting out Luminarias. They look so beautiful in the desert night.

Dianne said...

that is the message

I have been thinking of you

Merry Happy

TomCat said...

I remember Christmases in Phoenix, short on snow, but long on love.

Merry Christmas to Billie and all here.

an average patriot said...

That is pretty cool! It is not what you have it is what you do with what you have. That is excellent. Make do and innovate. Have a nice Christmas Billie!

D.K. Raed said...

If those are the "Buds" on that tree, what kind of fruit will it bear in the spring?

Wishing the whole B.E. family a Beery Christmas!

Libby said...

Merry Christmas Billie! Thanks for the message :)

SantaCat said...

Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas to all you cool cats and pretty kitties! And have a purrrfect New Year!

susan said...

The two of you exemplify the true meaning of Christmas every day. I hope this day is a delight to your lovely spirit.

Mauigirl said...

Hope you had a wonderful, Merry Christmas today, BE!

Liberality said...

Peace on Earth and goodwill toward all people.

A message that must be repeated over and over again, but well worth repeating.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you both.

Fran said...

Best Wishes for peace & simplicity.
Peace activists have their work cut out for us in 2010.

May we have the strength & endurance!

Dave Dubya said...


Peace and love to you and yours.