I apologize for this additional email to you all -- it's the only way I can contact local people. This is the first time we've cancelled.
12 & Zen is CANCELLED for January. We plan to resume meeting in February (second Friday).
The reasons being:
The county is being hit particularly hard with the flu (influenza), I being one of them. I'm well along recovering but that also means there are many others contracting this bug. I'll give you an example, at our Tuesday meeting there are six of us who sit in this one corner --all of us caught it recently.
We're experiencing one of the strongest storm(s) in a decade. Have had more than 7 inches in the past week. Today's total (so far) is 2.65 inches.
High winds are toppling trees across roads and such, downing power lines in places.
Flooding is occurring throughout the county. No problem in my neighborhood but definitely a problem for people who are trying to drive to neighboring towns.
Even though the rains are predicted to subside on Thursday/Friday, there are other treacherous situations out there. This is probably one of those "better safe than sorry" decisions where people would have to drive in these conditions at night in order to reach the zendo.
Take good care of yourselves, drink plenty of water, and stay home this coming Friday.
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A new year and a new change. I'll be giving out each month's Step and Koan and posting it here instead of just sending it out to those on my reminder list.
This way everyone can begin sitting for a week or so before we meet locally on the second Friday.
And also, this is probably a good way to begin any month.