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"Perhaps Love"

Sunday, December 10, 2017

I decided in late November that the sometimes-over-the-top holiday decorating I tend to do was simply not worth the effort this year, since none of my children or grandchildren will be visiting this Christmas. 

However, I adjusted my attitude about what home really means and how grateful I am to have one, after an older homeless veterans rang my doorbell this past week to ask if I was going to decorate a big Christmas tree on my front porch sitting area again this year.

The veteran's heartfelt question was just what I needed to start decorating inside and out—for myself, my neighbors, my friends, and for those who have no home, and for those a bit older who can't muster the energy to celebrate holidays, but enjoy coming in for a visit, or just sitting on my decorated front porch when they need to stop for a rest on their walks.They are all welcome any time. 

Maintaining passion to protect that which is endangered, including civility, gratefulness, graciousness, democracy, clean air, clean water, public lands, science, art, music, education, and humanities, will hopefully remain top of mind in importance to our readers, particularly during this stressful period in history.

According to a psychologist friend John Harder, who seems to monitor this type of data, there are approximately 544,000 homeless people now reported in the United States and most every night, approximately 193,000 of these people have no place to sleep, and hundreds more have now lost their homes in California, following the ones who lost theirs in Puerto Rico, Texas, the Caribbean, and other places around the world. 


So this Sunday morning let’s focus on those forgotten ones with no homes who have given much for our country, and for those who have lost their homes for many other reasons, and for being grateful for the warm home we hopefully have to share with family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, and the less fortunate.

Colorado’s own John Denver said it best when he wrote the song above with a grateful heart and titled it "Perhaps Love." The poetic lyric is below:

Perhaps love is like a resting place, a shelter from the storm

It exists to give you comfort, it is there to keep you warm

And in those times of trouble, when you are most alone

The memory of love will bring you home

Perhaps love is like a window, perhaps an open door

It invites you to come closer, it wants to show you more

And even if you lose yourself and don’t know what to do

The memory of love will see you through

Or love to some is like a cloud, to some as strong as steel

For some a way of living, for some a way to feel

And some say love is holding on, and some say letting go

And some say love is everything and some say they  just don’t know

Perhaps love is like the ocean, full of conflict, pull of pain

Like a fire when it’s cold outside, or thunder when it rains

If I should live forever and all my dreams come true, my memories of love will be of you.  â€”John Denver

Have a lovely Sunday morning. 


Ellen Troyer with Spencer Thornton, MD, David Amess and the Biosyntrx staff