Merry Christmas!


Gretchen and I appreciate your continuing support for this weblog and for cheering us on during our new house project.

We may not be living in this house yet, but we celebrate the Christmas Season with a wreath that promises a new future and many Christmases to come. We hope that most of you are enjoying the companionship of friends and loved ones.

For those who are protecting us in far places, we offer thanks that you have the courage to handle the hard tasks and terrible sacrifices that are required to purchase freedom.  We hope that you know that your efforts are deeply appreciated by all who value liberty and justice. You are the people who are actually making a difference. We wish you all a safe return.

I am thankful for all of the friends who have helped make this weblog what it is today. Your advice and support have helped Ripples evolve from a personal journal to a continuing series of essays focused on improving the quality of life and developing meaningful work.

Your support has encouraged me to continue publishing books and to develop ways to encourage others to find the life and work that they deserve.

We are entering a new phase of our lives with this move to Floyd. We look forward to becoming active members of this community and I plan to write about the cultural and social trends that continue to shape this unique region. It promises to be most interesting.

SantashelperWe have been warmly received by this community and hope to be able to return the flow by contributing in like measure.

This scene in the Cafe del Sol is typical of the enthusiastic welcome we have encountered ever since we arrived. Santa’s helper, Ann Bower, is asking Gretchen if she has been good this year.

I would definitely say so. Very good, indeed!  🙂

Our Christmas greetings would not be complete without thanking Doug and Amy Thompson for taking us in and providing a Christmas haven for us and our cats. They have given us shelter and a measure of friendship that we will never forget. Thanks to them, we are enjoying our happiest Christmas ever at a time that would otherwise have been extraordinarily difficult.

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0 Responses to Merry Christmas!

  1. Clarence says:

    The place already has that “cozy” look to it David.

    I wish you much progress and happiness in the year ahead.

  2. Merry Christmas from my family to yours!


  3. As the year winds down, it is interesting and, to my way of thinking, appropriate for all of us to look back on what we have accomplished. If your stated objective for Ripples was to help others improve their quality of life within and beyond the workplace, then it appears you have succeeded admirably.

    This site has evolved over the year, shifting its focus slightly from the sublime toward the mundane, from looking inward to looking around. But there is a common thread that runs through all the posts, one that was perhaps unintended but one which serves to make this blog so compelling to such a broad spectrum of readers.

    Whether writing about business concepts or breaking away from the daily business grind, doing what you love (be it blogging, woodworking or self-publishing), or moving to Floyd, the talk and the tale always come down to change.

    Change is difficult. We find ourselves moving ever deeper into uncharted territory. There are surprises at every turn. We test ourselves even as we depend more heavily on others. It is at this juncture that Ripples makes its appearance and its point. What it does is outline the process of transition and create a roadmap to guide us through the narrow passages and along the hairy edges of change.

    Transitioning – from one job to another, from employment to retirement, from hobbyist to entrepreneur, from Lake Monticello to Blue Ridge country, from cool cat to circumspect visitor – is captured fully and eloquently. And, with the guidance of able hands and a caring heart, caution goes to comfort. Call it the Ripples Effect.

    It is, by the way, why I humbly recommend keeping to one site and maintaining a balance of elements.

    Merry Christmas to you and to your wife. May you find warmth and comfort in your new home, in the company of friends, and in the knowledge that, at the end of the day, you have achieved much and are appreciated by many.

    With fond regards,

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