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Looking out my backdoor: 'Tis the season of wretched excess


Last updated 12/9/2021 at 9:55am

Well, it is, you know. The season of too much. Christmas begins in August in the stores. There are too many presents under the tree. Excessive decorating until what would have been pretty becomes tasteless. Too much spending. Too much eating. Too much guilt.

As you might surmise, I have managed to pare down my life even more. Here on the Rancho, every year we exchange little gifts. In one breath I announced that nobody was going to get a gift from me and begged my neighbors to not give me any.

After a year of so many deaths in town, there are families with not enough food to eat. This...

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