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As a child of the 60's I grew up loving folk music. This photo was taken of me and Paul Stookey (of Peter, Paul and Mary) a few years ago when Woody Guthrie was being honored here in Tulsa. My dad was a professional musician, and allowed us only to listen to classical music and jazz, with an occasional folk tune thrown in. He absolutely forbid us to listen to the new rock and roll, especially Elvis and the Beatles, because it was "noise," not "music," or country music, because It was, well I won't say what he said. My friends always shake their heads when I ask them about some rock or...

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Yesterday my husband saw an eagle poised on the ice of our lake here in Oklahoma, fishing in an open hole. Wow! This photo was taken in Canada at our friend's house in summertime. There is little in life more majestic than an eagle. This is a good time to watch for them, because they congregate around open water. Even in Minnesota, some eagles stay because they find open areas of the Mississippi. Seeing an eagle makes you stop in your tracks, and watch. What else does that for you? What makes you really see the world around you today, not remembering yesterday or worrying about tomorrow,...

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"In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan. Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone." The water isn't frozen here, but it is cold and windy. Have you noticed how the sun hardly makes a difference, because it is so low in the sky? But the days are lengthening now, and hope survives.

This is a good time to take stock of your life, and make changes to the things that need to be changed. In the meantime, drink warm tea and sit by the fire, sing old folk songs, and love one another right now.

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I made eight Swedish Tea Rings for the holidays this year! Here I've taken a picture of one. Would you like a piece?

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"The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there..."

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Dear ELCA Friends (and others),

It was really exciting in October to go to the installation of our first woman bishop, Elizabeth Eaton, at Rockefeller Chapel in Chicago.

Since then, I have attended the first Church Council meeting in November. It was overwhelming as a new member, since there are now 50 of us on the Council.

Check back to this blog site, and I will be reviewing some of the items that we covered at that meeting.

If you have feedback, please contact me via social media or email.

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

- Cynthia

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