"Leah Dieterich's mother always told her to write thank you notes. So she does. To everything. thxthxthx is her daily exercise in gratitude."

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"Before Christmas, the people of Mexico [and lots of Mexican-Americans in the US!] join together for the festivities of La Virgen de Guadalupe, Our Lady of Guadalupe, on December 12, one of the most important dates in the Mexican calendar."

It's been a wonderful weekend in the Valley. After an annoying month of hassles resulting from my first ever car accident, we finally found a (fingers crossed) great car for me. Yesterday, I had a great meeting to begin work on the church website and even launched a Facebook page for the UCC Ashland. Today's sermon was wonderful, as always, and I'm really starting to feel at home there. I also got in two days of runs - the knees are still sore, but I finally got back to that place where I had a mile of pure bliss, for which I am incredibly thankful. My run was the sort of run where I think (realize?) I live in a sort of utopia - kids were out skating on the rink, there was a great blue heron in the park, and generally Ashland was at its busiest, most wholesome prime. All of this, combined with the fact I think I found a soccer team (or two!) to join, the great stack of books in my room, and a movie date this afternoon with my stepdad to see the new Harry Potter = me, pleased.

"But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and form anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. Do to others as you would have them do to you . . . But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return." Luke 6:27-35.

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