- Guest Post: Ben Maestas
- Toledo Community Library Posts Winners - Letters To Santa
- Pacific NW Book Review: Treknology
- Holiday Closures
If the Holidays are about home and hearth, this post says it best…
I mean, WOW!!!
I can't believe we're here. It has felt like that perfect dream that you don't want to wake up from. I have been afraid that looking away, even just long enough to write about it, might make it disappear.
BUT IT WON'T.
The truth is, we ARE here! The dream is only just beginning!
Just moving to Washington was such a blessing for the Family and me. Seeing my beloved Mount St. Helen always on the horizon has warmed a space in my heart I did not realized had missed it so much. While other mountain ranges have always taken my breath and brought such joy to me, Mt St Helen and I have had a special connection and shared a very similar history. I was here for her eruption and like her my life also erupted, we both took a beating that nearly ripped us apart, we both learned of loss in the most horrid of ways and we both are working towards healing and some days clouds hide us away and some days we shine brightly on the horizon. Beyond the blessing of having such an endearing friend as a neighbor again, we have moved to a place that has brought comfort to my heart since my first visitations here, back then I never imagined living here or daydreamed of it but I did soak in every healing moment I would spend here.
Now, living in Toledo, I mean it's hard to even talk about it without sounding like I am doing a commercial or trying to sell the place... but it's just that perfect, to me. The off-ramp from I-5 puts you looking over the valleys at the expanse of the Cascade mountains and in full, glorious view of Mt St Helen and Mt Rainier! The outskirts of Toledo greets you with a water tower that has been recently painted with a mural showcasing a small bit of the history of the area. A history that gave rest to the weary traveller and strengthened them for the journey ahead.
Toledo is a small town set along the edge of the Cowlitz river and the road through it works its way down from the valley above to the river valley below and is nestled among the trees in such a way that makes the whole town soft on the eye. Yet this, blink and you'll miss it, seemingly, town has a great grocery store, eating establishments worth driving from other towns to eat at, an exciting art community, great parks that have something for everyone, THE COWLITZ RIVER and all the exploring, fishing, boating and other possibilities it offers, It even has one of the best wineries, Bateaux Cellars!!!
As I cross the river leaving the main town and heading towards Native Soil Farm, home, I peek over the bridge at the rushing waters below... the journey those collection of water droplets have had just to get to this point is beyond imagining, sure we could describe most of the story; sea, clouds, rain, mountain snow, river, water under the bridge, but there it is right there, reminding me, let go of the past, take in the moment and look forward to the next few bends between me and the Cowlitz River Valley farm that will hold our roots; that long journey to get to this point is water under the bridge. I know now, more than ever, that some of the best days of my life are still ahead and I look forward to reciting that truth every time I cross the bridge for as long as I am able.
"The river delights to lift us free, if only we dare let go. Our true work is this voyage, this adventure." ~Richard Bach "Illusions"
Toledo Community Library posts: Winners of TCL’s Letters to Santa -
- First Place - Jadin Landry
- Second Place - Gunner Cothren
- Third Place - Michael Haug
Toledo Library open regular hours Saturday. Stop in and relax with a fresh-brewed cuppa joe. Tell Charlie I sent you.
Speaking of books - Ethan Siegel writes: Are you a Star Trek fan who's on the fence about my new book, Treknology? Wondering if it lives up to your lofty expectation?
Here's a fantastic review that should give you everything you need to know in the Pacific Northwest Book Review, courtesy of John Morgan!
Fiction more your preference? Check out Morgan’s sequel to Sunburned: The Solar Flare That Silenced The Internet.
Both available through Sunday at Gallery 505 in downtown Toledo.
Today: Toledo Food Bank closed today due to holiday schedule.
January 2018 Toledo Food Bank returns to their usual schedule 10 a.m to 1 p.m. second and fourth Fridays monthly behind City Hall. For further info contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Al-Anon AFG Meets 7 p.m. Fridays at Toledo Presbyterian Church, 312 Augustus.
Cowlitz Prairie Grange Jam Night 7:00 p.m. second, fourth and fifth Fridays. Performers and supporters welcome. Donation at door. Contact email@example.com or (360)262-3696.
Monday Holiday* Closures:
*Christmas Day & New Years
Tuesday: Toledo New Life Community Food Bank 10 a.m. - noon last Tuesday & Wednesday monthly serving our community area of Toledo by sharing the love of Christ through the essential needs we all have.
Visit http://www.toledo-new-life.com or call (360)864-4366.
Looking ahead: Vision:Toledo Arts, Rec, & Events 6:30 p.m. January 9 at the MAC.
Vision:Toledo Arts, Rec, & Events 6:30 p.m. usually held fourth Tuesdays monthly at Morgan Arts Centre. Make this meeting one of your New Year's resolutions.
Reservations required: Toledo Senior Center Nutrition Lunch next Wednesday features kielbasa & sauerkraut with roasted red potatoes and sunshine carrots, tropical fruit & spice cake, Friday country fried steak with mashed potatoes, 3-way veggies, apricots & bread.
Nutrition Lunches are sponsored in part by Area Agency on Aging. Suggested donation $3 for those 60+ years of age. Contact Diana, firstname.lastname@example.org or call (360)864-2112 for details.
May the holidays find you healthy & happy. To the best readers ever - Merry Christmas!
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