Quote of the Month

”I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.”

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— Maya Angelou-




As part of the official Annual Resident's Meeting and the meeting following, these officers were elected.

President - Dave Borchardt
(142

Vice-President -
Sandy Baumstark (60)

Treasurer -
Denise Haws
(201)

Secretary -
Barb Nienkark
(192)

Member at Large (1 year) -
Mike Kereluk (82)

Member at Large (2 year) -
Pat Hillard(182)

Member at Large (3 year) -
Rhonda Smaldino (155)
























Coyote Coupon Books? Not this season
Connie Riter

After so many years of having a successful sale, Leslie has decided not to offer these discount restaurants and other coupons. We were one of only a few parks who sold all their books last year! The economy, the covid virus, the restaurant owners not willing to risk another poor season, and other factors contributed to her decision. Thanks to all who bought one of the books last season and we will let you know if she decides to have one available for 2022-2023.



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in memory of Tom Hennessy who
made the site possible

 



DECEMBER





“RE-PRINT FROM DECEMBER 2016”

The Meaning of Christmas
by Connie Riter

What is the true meaning of Christmas? It is a question heard often during this season, year after year. It seems a little strange, that as popular as this holiday is, we should continually have to ask this question. Perhaps we do this so we DON’T lose the answer in the shuffle of our daily lives. We search for the true meaning of Christmas amid the sentimentality, the comfortable traditions, the frantic Christmas sales and Santa-dressed bell ringers. These are important, but they do not hold the answer. Certainly we can immediately say that Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus, but exactly why is that fact so significant? How should the meaning of Christmas impact our daily lives? From ancient times, people celebrated this season of the year as a rebirth and a return to light. The days will soon be getting longer – a new year is beginning. Hanukkah, the corresponding Jewish holiday is known as the “festival of lights.” Hanukkah is celebrated this year from December 6 – 14. It is an 8-day holiday commemorating the rededication of the Temple of Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt in the second century BC. While many family traditions abound with this holiday, the principal symbol is the Menorah, a 9 branched candleholder. One light is added each night until they are all lit on the 8th day. The 9th candle is used to light the others each day. In Christianity, the birth of Christ perhaps can also be a symbol of our own rebirth as messengers of the “light of the world.” As children we were caught up in the excitement of waiting for Christmas to come—counting the days before Christmas vacation, searching for the perfect Christmas tree, waiting to open all our presents, enjoying special times with family and friends—JOY abounded. But as the Christmases come and go, this can become a very difficult season for many people, a sad and lonely time. Someone said to me last week, “I can’t wait until the holidays are over.” Families are separated, family members may have died, the wonderful memories of past Christmases can increase the loneliness, and even seeing other people enjoying themselves, in person or on TV, can increase the sadness. There are some people who cope by “getting away” on a trip at this time. Perhaps we can try to make everyone we meet happier because they have met us. Each of us, I am sure, feels a little apprehension as a new year begins. Will it be better than the last? Will my health return? Will my family members be safe and well? Will we ever be at peace in the world? Will we ever defeat Isis? A somewhat unknown Christmas carol (written during WWII) continues to haunt my memory with its prophetic lyrics: “Through the sounds of war and woe, our hearts will still be singing…” There is hope, there is joy, there is love encompassed in a babe so long ago. Let us try to help one another not to explain the meaning of Christmas, but to live it in our daily lives. Let us be personal messengers of light and love.