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New Years Eve Thoughts

New Year's Eve

New Year’s Eve (Photo credit: volantwish)


Well, 2012 is winding down, the Champagne has been bought, the pizza supplies have been bought (we are  hosting a “make your own pizza” party New Years Eve), the Christmas tree has been packed away for another year, and the Titans are playing their last game of he year.


We have had a very eventful year, with a wedding, birthdays, rehab from my stroke, and more.


We have lots to be thankful for, including two children who have made A-B honor roll every grading period, a beautiful, healthy grandson, and ample employment for everyone in our circle of friends.  We have our health, and with our new gym membership, we are planning to improve that further.


Here’s to all our readers, and hoping you all have a wonderful 2013, too!


Sydney Harbour prior to the 2008 new years eve...




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For our Christian readers, Merry Christmas!

For our Spanish speaking readers Feliz Navidad!

For our rational non-theists, Happy Sir Isaac Newton’s Birthday!

For our Jewish readers, a belated happy Hanukkah!

For pagans, Merry Solstice or Happy Saturnalia, or Blessed Yule!

And for my son, the atheist, Merry Christmas (only, you know, that secular “Ho, Ho, Ho”, boosting the economy, but don’t mention Christ kind).

May you all have a happy holiday surrounded by friends and family.

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A Christmas tree in Altoona, Pennsylvania

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With Christmas just around the corner many of you have probably heard about the supposed war on Christmas. This is an out-and-out lie. It is nothing more than a ratings ploy by Fox News and others.

Yes there are people in America that don’t celebrate Christmas, and yes that number is increasing. This is because America as it has been since its inception, is a melting pot. The usual group of the Jewish community, has been joined by Hispanics, Kurdish, Somali, Chinese and many others. So yes, Christmas is still a major holiday in America but there are many other cultures that have holidays this time of year. Since there is now more going on from November to January than Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Years, just saying Merry Christmas doesn’t cover it. No one is asking you not to celebrate Christmas. (more…)

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…and Normal Life Resumes

Two Thanksgiving feasts, prepared in 3 days, leftovers packed away, and two birthdays celebrated… What a whirlwind pace we’ve kept up, this holiday weekend.

The tree is up and decorated, and all the football games have been watched.  Time to start preparing for the upcoming work week, and everything that goes with it.  Homework needs to be finished, lunches need to be packed, kids need to be put to bed.

Then my loving wife and I get some time, to rest, and remember all the moments that mattered, this holiday weekend.

No matter how busy your life, always remember to take time, just to enjoy the good times. You may not have as much time as you think.

This is the lesson I learned from my stroke.


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