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Day 368 - The Ten Commitments
Tuesday, January 03, 2012      9 comments

I am a true believer when it comes to New Year's resolutions. If you don't aim high - if you don't make plans and set goals - you will just wander aimlessly and before you know it, another year will have passed. I set resolutions to give myself ... Read more
Day 367 - My Jubilee Year
Monday, January 02, 2012      10 comments

I've mentioned this a few times and to a couple different people. This year, sometime in February, marks Elizabeth II's 60th anniversary of becoming the reigning monarch. (Seems a little strange to celebrate the death of someone, but such is the... Read more
Day 366 - Or Is This 'Day One'? Again?
Sunday, January 01, 2012      3 comments

Just a quickie. I found the following a while ago and figured this would be a good time to post it. Another fresh new year is here . . . Another year to live! To banish worry, doubt, and fear, To love and laugh and give! This bri... Read more
Day 365 - Resolutions: Yay or Nay?
Saturday, December 31, 2011      14 comments

Yes, I CAN! Seems as though New Year's resolutions are like SlimJims, the dried beef jerky strips: you either love 'em, or you hate 'em. There was a good article on Spark in favor of resolutions: https://sparkpeo.hs.llnw... Read more
Day 364 - Now or Never...
Friday, December 30, 2011      3 comments

...to post for today. I am chafing at leaving these last few blogs in such a state, but 'people' before 'computer,' resolutions or no resolutions. We're sitting entirely too much shooting the breeze (raining like mad all day today, so no ch... Read more
Day 363 - Brevity Without Wit
Thursday, December 29, 2011      6 comments

Well, considering that there's darned near 365 from this year, and who-knows-how-many-others from previous years, darned if I'm going to look thru them and check, but - I think this one might beat-all for brevity. Goodnight, Sparklers, wher... Read more
Day 362 - Re-Calculations!
Wednesday, December 28, 2011      6 comments

Pithy teabag tag of the day: 'Self-discipline is your best friend.' The recalculation in this case is just an adjustment on the blog title; somewhere along the line I must've misnumbered, as today is the 362nd day of the year, not the 364t... Read more
Day 363 - On the third day of Christmas...
Tuesday, December 27, 2011      6 comments

The following is a pre-recorded blog. Well, there's the supposed 'real': "On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me... "...a partridge in a pear tree..." Because the song was originally French, it's supposed to b... Read more
Day 362 - Boxing Day
Monday, December 26, 2011      15 comments

The following is a pre-recorded blog. Several years ago I worked at one of the historic country estates near here. One of the tours I gave was called the 'Below Stairs Tour.' The tour focused on the service areas, and included the kitchens,... Read more
Sunday, December 25, 2011      7 comments

I came across this verse a couple years ago. It was unattributed, and I've not been able to find who wrote it, but I hope in the spirit of the holiday, no one would object to sharing: My Christmas wish for you, my friends, Is not a simple... Read more
Day 360 - Rudolph's Real Story
Saturday, December 24, 2011      9 comments

"Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer, had a very shiny nose..." A few years ago a friend sent me a forward then making the rounds, the purported 'real story' behind the c... Read more
Day 359 - Christmas 1960
Friday, December 23, 2011      9 comments

The following is a pre-recorded blog. Christmas 1960 I grew up in a farming community in what was then a fairly rural area of Maryland. I don't remember that any of the kids I went to school with were from 'well-off' families. I suppos... Read more
Day 358 - Thoughts on the Solstice
Thursday, December 22, 2011      6 comments

Today, 22 December, is Winter Solstice. With sunrise at 8:26, sunset at 3:55, we have a little less than 7-1/2 hours 'true daylight.' Don't you believe it. The sun is so low to the horizon even at midday that it's not all that bright even when i... Read more
Day 357 - Alice's Red Queen
Wednesday, December 21, 2011      9 comments

You know the one I mean, the Red Queen in Through the Looking Glass, who gets Alice to run with her, flat-out, as fast as they can, until Alice is on the verge of collapse. She finally manages to ask why, and the Red Queen tells her they have to... Read more
Day 356 - Where'd the YEAR go--?!?
Tuesday, December 20, 2011      7 comments

Yeh, where did it go??? Among other things, today I was tinkering around with preparing for New Year's. I'm a real fan of the whole new year / clean slate / fresh start idea, and while there are a number of things I'm considering for a Reso... Read more

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