Greetings, Brooks!

Back after a short break. I hope everyone had a great holiday season and that 2022 is off to a good start. As I write this, we’re waiting for the first big snowstorm in quite a while. Snow is good, ice is bad!  That leads me to:

Hygge. Pronounced “hoo-gah,” this Danish concept cannot be translated to a single word, It encompasses creating a feeling of cozy contentment and well-being through enjoying the simple things in life. Perfect for our long, cold winters, it only requires consciousness, a certain slowness and the ability to not just be present — but to recognize and enjoy the present.

If you’ve ever enjoyed reading a book indoors on a snowy day (with a cup of hot chocolate) or snuggled under a blanket while watching Netflix, you’ve experienced hygge without even knowing it. It’s what I’m all about right now.

Despite everything moving slowly, various groups in Brooks keep chugging along. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Marsh River Theater. The board continues to meet. We’re planning a calendar and the season. That is very difficult to do in light of the uncertainty around the pandemic and the fact that putting on a production takes a lot of time and effort.

Business is booming at the Varney Thrift Store. It continues to be open on Thursday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donations are accepted only during open hours.

The Planning Board is starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel regarding the Comprehensive Plan. Members have worked very hard on this — no town can get a grant unless they have an updated Comprehensive Plan.

The Varney Ladies Fellowship meets on the second Tuesday of the month. Upcoming events include a Chicken Noodle Soup Carryout Dinner and a Spring Fling.

As usual, I need your news in order to write a column.

Until next time … peace (and stay warm).

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