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Finding Clarity In The Stars

The day after Election Day, I paused my computer and walked from my home office into the living room.

I stood at the window, soaking the warmth of the sunlight streaming through the glass. It felt good, even comforting after a long night of up and down election results.

This walk to the window is one of the advantages of working from home after decades of toiling in a windowless newsroom.

I stood and watched a collection of birds that had gathered in the yard.

A few turkeys were scratching in the lawn along the tree line. They had already made a mess under the bird feeders where they dig the earth for fallen seeds.

You can’t witness such things during a workday amid the concrete sidewalks of downtown. Maybe you can witness workers tearing up the concrete for yet another underground project, but that just doesn’t hold the same appeal as a visit from nature.

This brief respite from the computer screen gave me the impetus I needed to return to my work day.

Back to finding the words I needed to tell a story. Back to the phone calls and zoom meetings.

Before I knew it, hours had passed and my day’s work was well past finished. I returned to the window to see the sun sinking behind the horizon. Another day’s work was complete.

Later, a new light caught my eye. A gorgeous nearly full moon was rising, sending moonbeams across the front yard.

I stepped outside to enjoy this gift from the heavens.

As I looked skyward, the stars appeared crisp and bright, complimenting their celestial companion.

Everything about the sky, the stars and the moon, felt incredibly in focus, unlike the helter skelter of the overnight news.

As I write this, we are waiting to learn the results of the presidential election.

It has been one of the most contentious I’ve ever witnessed.

It has divided families, caused riots in some areas of the country and leaves us worried about what will happen no matter the outcome.

By the time you read this, we may know the outcome of the race. Maybe you will be happy, maybe I won’t. Whatever happens, we can’t let our guard down in front of the rest of the world.

Let’s keep the stars aligned, no matter what.

So I offer a good night, Mr. President, whoever you are.

Heather Ziegler can be reached via email at hziegler@theintelligencer of 1500 Main St., Wheeling, WV 26003.

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