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Healing Things

1. The Hotel Cafe Presents: Winter Songs

2. Cipriani Parapadelli Pasta

3. Photographs like these of the joy of being a momma.

4. Visits to places like this
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5. Inspired shopping guides for children like this one.

6. Simple suppers like ratatouille from the Moosewood Cookbook.

7. The promise of books unread. A list of the year’s 10 best from the NYTimes is here.

10. Bolla Valpolicella – it’s cheap, perfect red table wine for any occasion. Like a field trip to Roma.

11. Good friends like these who are taking time to live full time. Love their post here about making a holiday wreath.

12. Pink Christmas Trees.

13. Being home.

14. Songs of Joy & Peace from Yo Yo Ma and also this one from Sixpence None The Richer. Though, I have to say, if looking for a Joni Mitchell remake of River, look no further than Corrine Bailey Rae’s version on the Herbie Hancock record River: The Joni Letters.

As I drove to court this morning in another county, snow was falling and I listened to Corrine singing,
“It’s coming on Christmas. They’re cutting down trees. Their putting up reindeers and singing songs of joy and peace. I wish I had a river I could skate away on.” I know it’s crazy, because I don’t know her, but I say prayers for her from time to time knowing this will be the first Christmas since she has lost her husband: a loss I cannot imagine.

15. Old Ornaments

16. New Ornaments

Here’s to peaceful winter evenings.

December 4, 2008 - 8:54 pm kath - This is a lovely mindful post. Thank you.

December 7, 2008 - 12:46 am Josie Tan - What wonderful documentary style photos!

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