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  • Christmas is a time to think of many blessings.

    At least is should be, if we let it, leaving behind for a moment what we long for and don’t have, and focusing on what we do.

    I am blessed with love in my life – from my sweetheart, my children, my family and friends, and many near strangers.

    I am blessed with knowing what my gift is, and being able to use it to the best of my ability.

    I am blessed to live in a world where we can talk and tell stories to each other, across barriers of distance, time, race, age, gender and our tribal origin.

    I am blessed to keep on discovering new gifts in my life, ones that I almost, almost missed.

    Yesterday I met my 84-year-old aunt Nina who was defined to me in one unflattering line for all my life. Instead, walking on the beach in Santa Monica, on a stunning LA afternoon, I discovered a delightful woman of a great heart and a vivid, vibrant mind. Someone who by blood belongs to me.

    Separated by generations of family dysfunction, we almost missed our chance. But she came to my town, across half of the world and we connected. Walking across wet sand, looking for black healing pebbles, and telling two lifetimes of our stories.

    No matter how little calendar time we may have left, from now on she will always be mine, and I - hers.

    My best Christmas gift ever.
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