Deuteronomy’s word was to “choose life,” so we ventured to the Chapel uncertain of the rain. We shared some winter prep: Louise began the safety line while Dave finished sweeping and moving the shovels for winter’s arrival.

We worked on candles, checked supplies, brought down the winter stand for the sign and carried some stones up in anticipation of the touch-up coats for the stand and doors. Angels must have slowed the leak in the dome, a few wet spots. The coolness moved us to don a few layers — it was 39º on the ridge. Sacred texts were set on the benches, but people came instead. A series of meaningful meetings of mind and heart ensued.

Tamara and Sergey from Moscow shared conversations, questions and prayers. Tam is a scientist, and was inside your cell phone before you were. Ella, Naida, Ade, Goeta and Morrison from Craftsbury and Jeffersonville graced the guest book with drawings and hometown stories.

Vaugan and Margam formed a circle of prayer, and we were joined by another woman as we stood by the south doors in prayers for our concerns and celebrating life.

Back down at the Toll House, Tammy kindly put the sign away as Louise managed the gate. We learned that former gatekeeper Kim had been married last week. Congratulations! Ah, world, “choose life.” 

We’re not sure about next Sunday; no one has volunteered yet. On Sept. 22 at 2, Cathy Snow has prepared the list for us to celebrate Mountain Day of Remembrance, a quiet, solemn, fun day remembering folk who have died and for whom the mountains were special.

Call Cathy and Bob Snow or Len Randolph or us if you would like to share the day with us.

— Dave & Louise Ransom

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