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Time in the New World
As I write this it's December 24th, Christmas carols are playing
in the living room and I am working a little
in the office I have in Claverack Cottage. As I went to get
a cup of coffee, I realized I felt I had been here over a
week already but it is actually only four days but
that is the effect the country has on some of us. Time slows
For many of my friends, the holiday season is a marathon of
traveling. One friend is driving to his parents, three and
a half hours over two lane roads before bolting back to the
city. Another couple we know is spending Christmas Eve in
Philadelphia and Christmas Day in Atlanta before settling
in Miami for the duration.
I am enormously pleased we are going no further than the Wal-Mart
this Holiday season.
Here in the quiet of the country, with Christmas Carols playing,
it is almost possible to shut out the world outside for a
A friend in Los Angeles asked if I was disturbed by the heightened
warning level for terrorist activities. The country was up
to Code Orange.
Honey! New York City has never been below that!
To be completely frank, as the chatter rose and the warnings
intensified, I found myself grateful we would be out of the
city for the Holidays. But I also knew that if we had planned
to be in the city, warnings would not have caused us to leave.
This, Mr. and Mrs. America, and all the ships at sea, is the
reality of the new reality that has settled across the country.
This is a glimpse into the future of our holidays we
will have to cope with warnings and learn to live with all
When we were living in West Hollywood, the contractor working
on our condo was originally from Israel and said that when
he lived in Israel, you integrated the terror into your daily
life and went on with it.
And that seems to be the way we are these holidays, in this
the year of 2003 Common Era, we are going on with our lives
even though we are awash with warnings.
During the early part of this past week, I realized I was
hesitant to turn on the TV. Frankly, I was a little afraid
of flicking on to be assaulted by an image of terror. I checked
online before I turned on so that I wouldnt be surprised.
I wanted a little forewarning.
But I also realize that I have come to accept this as part
of my life, that I will have to live with this as have all
the other folks around the world that have had this kind of
violence perpetrated upon them over the course of this already
Yet, subdued though we are, we are finding our own quiet ways
to be celebratory, to find joy while acknowledging that today
in Baghdad there is fighting in the streets and that the fighting
will be continuing, despite the capture of Saddam Hussein.
And we will celebrate in our cities and our streets even though
in our hearts we dont feel safe in them the way we did
a few years ago.
We will celebrate our holy days and the people, places and
things which are valuable in our lives in our own ways, in
a season where the new reality is settling over us and we
are finding new ways of coping.
This is what I find so hopeful about our quarrelsome race.
While we work very hard at killing one another, we also find
to time to celebrate each other.
May that be the reality that finally wins the hearts and minds
and souls of all of us in this new reality and this new century.
Happy Holidays Everyone!