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3 weeks ago

Merry Sieg Heil Christmas.

Robert Cormack · She came bearing gifts, mostly stolen, but so what? She's an orphan—we both are. · “A summary of Jewish holidays: They tried to kill us, we won, let’s eat.” Alan King · I’ll tell you what set me off — besides the sieg heil business — which no Jew appreciates. It was her stealing ...

6 months ago

Hiking Heaven

Jeff Friesen · My friends and family always ask me why I “torture myself by climbing hills”. That is really their way of asking me why I like hiking and getting outdoors in general. I usually just tell them it’s because “it depressurizes me”, and it really does. I wasn’t a huge fan of walking t ...

6 months ago

A moment in time...

Graham🐝 Edwards · As the languishing effects of COVID -19 continue, one of the habits I had fallen into was not blogging on a regular basis. The excuses, and there are many, would come easily but none would serve any real purpose if I wanted to change the situation. So my plan is to go into my fil ...

7 months ago

Hoppy Easter

Royce Shook · Hoppy Easter · What shouldn’t you tickle an Easter egg? · Because it might crack up! · How many Easter eggs can you put in an empty basket? · Just one, because then it isn’t empty anymore. · Christmas does come before Easter in one place - but where? The dictionary! · What' ...

10 months ago

Life During Wartime 2021

Jim Murray · There’s a great Talking Heads song called Life During Wartime that keeps ringing in my head. · I think about this song because in a strange sort of way, this is what we are all living in. We are enmeshed in a kind of war, only the enemy is invisible and could easily be lurking i ...

11 months ago

Resolutions Smesolutions

Jim Murray · Well, here is is that time of the year when we are all stuffed to the gills with Christmas feast, lazed out from binge watching Breaking Bad and Sons of Anarchy for the third time and being good little plague bunnies and staying in your warren, only venturing out for new supplies ...

11 months ago

Merry Christmas

Royce Shook · COVID changes the way we celebrate important dates so my hope is that as you celebrate this date that you can do so with family and friends, virtually or in person. Christmas is only of many Celebrations during December. So no matter what you believe or even if you are a non-beli ...

11 months ago

Twas the Night Before Christmas By Clement Clarke Moore

Royce Shook · 'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house · Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. · The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, · In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there. · The children were nestled all snug in their beds, · While visi ...

11 months ago

The Best Christmas Of My Young Life

Jim Murray · Before the end of our innocence. Before JFK and RFK and MLK and their assassinations. Before the counterculture revolution and the Vietnam war and Reagan and the great divide that grew up like a jagged wall in society. Before the majority of people who are reading this were even ...

11 months ago

A Reflection On Real The Magic Of Christmas

Jim Murray · I know that this Christmas will be unlike may of the others we have known. Maybe that’s why I have been given to some reflection on Christmases past. Because these are the repository for many of the memories that add so much to our appreciation of this very special time of year. ...

1 year ago

Holidays with the grandparents

Royce Shook · A teacher friend of mine sent me the following · After Christmas, a teacher asked her young pupils how they spent their holiday away from school. · One child wrote the following: · We always used to spend the holidays with Grandma and Grandpa. · They used to live in a big brick h ...

1 year ago

Rebuilding Bridges

Royce Shook · Family is important. · Sadly it’s easy to get completely absorbed with taking care of your immediate family of your spouse and kids and dealing with issues of career, homeownership, finances and all of the other worries of life that so often we lose touch with old friends and som ...

1 year ago

Are we there yet?

Royce Shook · So, we're into our 8th month of defeating COVID-19. These words made me laugh but there's a lot of truth mixed in to consider. . .comic relief needed · So let me get this straight, there’s no cure for a virus that can be killed by sanitiser · and hand soap? · Is it too early to ...

1 year ago

Ten Things I Hope The World Can Start To Realize In 2020 And Beyond.

Jim Murray · I just spent Christmas day with all the people who matter most to me in my life, and it kind of got me thinking about the things that are important in this life. · Contrary to popular belief, life is amazingly short. I have been around for more than 70 years now and it just seems ...

1 year ago

Happy Holidays To You All

Jim Murray · It’s Christmas Eve. The air is cold and the west wind is blowing, but there is no snow is the forecast. The presents are all wrapped up in their re-usable cloth bags under the pencil thin Christmas tree in the dining room. · A good part of the day will be spent making stuff to br ...

1 year ago

A Long Ago Christmas In A Small Canadian Town

Jim Murray · Before the end of our innocence. Before JFK and RFK and their assassinations . Before the countercultural revolution and the Vietnam war and the great divide that grew up like a jagged wall in society. Before the majority of people who are reading this were even conceived of, the ...

1 year ago

All I Want For Christmas Is My Thumb.

Robert Cormack · The weird and wacky story of the "thoe." · “Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store.” Dr. Seuss · Yeah, okay, it’s Christmas, so what, right? Where’s the tinkle in the tinsel, and good will towards men (okay, I meant women, too)? I’m already on my fourth re ...

1 year ago

A Christmas Reflection

Jim Murray · What is it about Christmas that makes it such a special time of year for so many people? · I don’t really think there is one definitive answer to that question. But I was over at my sister’s for lunch today and we got to talking about it. · One of the things we agreed on was that ...

1 year ago

Car rental woes.

Royce Shook · Over the past months, we have been planning our trip to Australia for Christmas, while we were planning, my daughter let me know that a friend of hers had a car that we could use. She said she would pick us up at the airport and we would have the use of the car for our time in Au ...

1 year ago

Taking a Break till January

Royce Shook · For those who read this blog on a regular or a semi-regular basis, I am taking a break and will be returning sometime in January.  Our flight leave in a few hours and this year we are travelling to Australia to spend time with my daughter and her family and friends. Family and fr ...

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