Winter has really set in here in Portland — coldness, darkness, incessant rain — so much so that it’s hard to believe we’re still three weeks away from the shortest day of the year (the winter solstice). I’m looking forward to my brother Mick visiting for Christmas. He’s a laughter-inducing sparkplug if I ever did meet one.
Winter weather is writing weather, in my book. And speaking of books, I’m finally digging back into my novel, Revelle, after taking a hiatus from it as I focused on preparing for my big birthday party earlier this month. I will need to steadily bring in some good material from others if I am to keep Diamond-Cut Life active while also putting in the hours to finish the novel.
So, here is a little gem I got from a french fries wrapper at Burgerville. (Burgerville is a small fast-food chain here in the Northwest that sources its food locally, buys renewable energy and acts as a business leader in sustainability in general). I like the connection they draw between two central tenets of the diamond-cut life: our connection to nature and good health.
The Rough-Skinned Newt can regenerate limbs, legs and eyes — something no human being can do. Which is one of the reasons why we make affordable and comprehensive medical, dental and vision coverage available to all of our employees. Unless, of course, they’re newts.