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www.zidao.com Apprentice harmonizer, for sheer fun. Journeywoman writer, for work and pleasure. Starting point was Iowa, current stopping point on this journey is Switzerland, with frequent pauses around the world to watch and listen to the crowd, and occasionally make comments.

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Sunday, December 24, 2006

Time immemorial

Sierre, Valais, Switzerland

The Romans had a temple where there is now a little chapel, among the vineyards. The temple was here 2300 years ago.

Granges, Valais, Switzerland

Across the Rhone, in the little town of Granges, sits a hill, older than the Roman temple or the vines that produce beautiful wine. The cross is relatively recent, probably only a few centuries old.

Lives come and go, people fight and make peace, each small life is filled with dramas that often seem all-important. The land bears witness to it all, and is, in the end, the repository of human sorrows, but also joys and loves that settle down and grow into something solid and firm and rich. If we are very quiet, and listen carefully, we can learn from it.

Merry Christmas to all!


Blogger Christopher C. in Hawaii said...

There is so very much to be learned when we are quiet and listen carefully.

Happy Holidays to you and your family Ellen in the Swiss Alps from the Volcanic Seamounts of Hawaii.

3:30 AM  
Blogger whistlestop caboose said...

Thank you, Christopher, and for your friendly interest from Hawaii, which always seems like a faraway magical land, from here! Best wishes to you, and to the various friends you send to visit WhistlestopCaboose, too. A special wish to Christine, who has been very quiet lately, so I hope all is well.

10:56 PM  
Blogger christin m p in massachusetts said...

Thanks Ellen, I'm fine -- just very busy at this time of year. I've still been visiting all the same sites for a brief escape from the drabness of everyday life, but also have been focusing probably too much on the subjects of politics and economics, and not balancing it out well with time spent appreciating the beauty and blessings in life. That should probably be my New Year's resolution this year...

I want to comment that your sites would make excellent promotions for the Swiss travel industry. With all the advertisements I see on blogs now, I'm surprised you don't have any Swiss tourism ads at your blogs.

Happy New Year and best wishes to you, your family, and all your friends and readers out there.

2:59 PM  
Blogger whistlestop caboose said...

Christin (and not Christine, oops), lovely to hear from you and know you are out there! And I'm usually too busy trying to get all the writing and photographing and posting done (not to mention the rest of life) to chase ads, but what a good idea - a New Year's resolution for me! Thanks, and push that drabness down, look up and remember the beauty: it's there. So pleased to hear from you, Ellen

6:50 PM  

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