Today it isn’t such a panic. Because last Christmas Eve she died. As she was being laid to rest on a rainy day, not a block away from our old home, the entire story of our lives quickly passed through our minds, like a great documentary film. Only a few feet away from her grave was where we’d jumped over the nearby fence to play football before people were buried there. Or we’d hit a few golf shots into the cemetery from back of our shed—if the caretaker wasn’t watching.
During construction, the Klamath News stated that “one of the outstanding features of the High Street façade is a deeply revealed rose window which is to have sparkling stained glass, symbolic of Hope.” And very soon, Sacred Heart’s stained-glass windows will shine with a new light on our community.
Couples dance while the inimitable Esquire Jazz Orchestra plays Glenn Miller’s brassy tunes, of course featuring the song synonymous with Casablanca, “As Time Goes By.” As the evening progresses, talented local boy turned Seattle-based indie pop singer Mitchell Mirande brings the music up to the present. And because gambling is legal in Morocco, a professional casino company from Eugene, Oregon, runs the dice rolling, blackjack, and roulette tables.
Swans are a hardy animal, enduring the harshest of elements, with lingering winter weather here. Once, while driving through the Straits Drain Units of the Lower Klamath Wildlife Refuge, through blinding sideways snow, hundreds of moguls in flat field were Tundra Swans with heads tucked completely covered with snow during a blizzard. Come March, Tundra Swans will leave, eventually nesting in the Arctic Circle at the northern part of North America. Trumpeter Swans leave for interior Alaska, or northern states with large rivers and lakes. A few have summered, and nested, at Summer Lake Wildlife Area over in Lake County, Oregon.
Christmas in the Klamath country—an inspiringly beautiful country, in the winter or at any other season; inhabited by a youthful-minded, hopeful lot of people, who REFUSE FLATLY to believe that the world’s best days are past. People like that are good to live among.
A service organization for businesswomen founded in Oakland, California in 1921, Soroptimist today has clubs in more than 120 countries, where it works to improve the lives of women and girls. Soroptimist started in Klamath 81 years ago and the history of Soroptimist in Klamath is a history of giving back to all parts of our community.
Longer nights and colder days are ideal for curling up inside in a comfy chair with a mug of hot chocolate and a good book. Basin Book Trader Owner Karli Fussell has some excellent suggestions for winter reading.
Winter might be thought of as the black and white season with longer nights, and cold fluffy stuff covering the leaves and bare ground. But it really is a colorful time if you find those ducks.