That is a cornucopia also known as a horn of plenty. It is a common image this time of year (although some readers of a certain age may recognize “the horn” from The Hunger Games). Pictured above is a ceramic wall plaque that came from my grandparents’ farm house. It hung in my mother’s kitchen for most of the years I lived at home and has followed Teresa and I through every move. In spite of all the jokes and memes about 2020 there is much to be thankful for. Imagine if this pandemic had been 20 years ago, before Zoom meetings were possible and video streaming was virtually nonexistent. Grocery delivery and pickup services are not just modern conveniences but have saved lives over the past year. We have all lost someone this year and perhaps know someone that is quarantined or hospitalized right now; and yet we are abundantly and richly blessed if we take honest stock of all that we still have. To read this post you must be not only alive and (presumably) well but have electricity, internet and a smartphone or laptop. That puts you in a high ranking category of wealth and privilege among the world’s 7+ billion population. This year has been tough. And God is good. Let’s be thankful this week and go ahead and look forward to 2021.Continue reading
The impeachment hearings are all over the news every day. If you are the least bit interested you already know about that. What we want to do is mention some headlines that you might have missed, including some good news every now and then. Saturdays are meant to be enjoyed and even when there is work to be done the weekend is lived at a different speed than Monday through Friday. So let’s review, take stock, be little bit inspired, have a smile and get in a good place for the week ahead.
James Holzhauer, aka Jeopardy James, has won the Jeopardy Tournament of Champions. The final round was a rematch of sorts with Emma Boettcher who ended his 32 game win streak back in the summer. The tournament win adds another $250,000 to his near record-breaking $2.46 million haul. James is a professional sports gambler in Las Vegas and was interviewed on Sports Center following his win. Continue reading