|A little inconvenient truth from Marley|
With all the uproar over leaked diplomatic documents at wikileaks, and all those red-cheeked politicians who now want to declare people who tell the public what's happening behind closed doors "terrorists", with all the madness afloat in the chilling air, it might be nice to seek a little pre-Christmas refuge in making our family's traditional fruitcake. I put up this recipe last year, but since it's gluten-free and every bit as delicious as the gluten-full ones, or maybe even better, I'm posting a link to it here and hoping that in between all the cold, and hot, air on offer right about now, you might have time for a little baking session that will bring the smell and taste of less complicated Christmases-Past to your kitchen.
And in between baking sessions, you and maybe those huffers-and-puffers in government. might find a little timeless wisdom in this classic, which I just finished re-reading this week, whose author introduces this way:
" I have endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it. "A Christmas Carol, the book, rings clear with humour, wit, and wisdom. To read it is to take Charles Dickens by the hand, as much as Ebeneezer does any of the ghosts, and fly with him through the realms of childhood, family, work life, old age, and the human soul and come out the better for it, the more human, on the other side. For such books as this, in times like these, as well as truth-tellers of every kind, I am most grateful at this approaching Christmas season. I suppose the businessmen that Dickens targets in this tale might have dispised his message. The message is often despised, but truth prevails, as it can and where it can, and if the truth is like a ghost that won't be laid, and lives on to haunt us, we may just, like Ebeneezer, learn something that makes us better, every one.