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5 months ago

Traditions old and new are important

Royce Shook · Aldous Huxley said, “Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are dead.” I shared this quote because it’s easy to keep doing what we’ve always done, and this applies to Christmas and our traditions. · As I thought about this seaso ...

5 months ago

Returning gifts

Royce Shook · There's nothing more difficult than returning a Christmas gift. The thought of doing this brings forth a complex mix of emotions. This simple act of returning a gift carries a deep message about human connections, expectations, and the intricate dance of emotions that unfold duri ...

5 months ago

Little things mean a lot

Royce Shook · The adage “It’s the little things that count” holds, especially during the Christmas season. During the busy holiday season, it's important to enjoy the small things that make Christmas special. This includes decorating, gift-giving, taking photos, and connecting with loved ones ...

5 months ago

Merry Chistmas

Royce Shook · Thank you for allowing me to share some Christmas memories with you over the past few weeks. I enjoyed strolling down memory lane and I hope you found it interesting and I hope you were able to bring up some of your favourite memories as well. · From my family to yours we wish yo ...

6 months ago

Christmas Songs

Royce Shook · Tis the season of Christmas songs, and I fondly recall my childhood days when I aspired to master the lyrics of "Good King Wenceslas" and "Walking in a Winter Wonderland" for the school Christmas concert, in an attempt to impress the parents. · Back then, the radio stations in to ...

6 months ago

Outdoor Christmas decorations do you do them?

Royce Shook · Ah, the dreaded Christmas decorating competition! Back in the good ol' '70s, it was all about simplicity and elegance. But then the '80s hit like a storm of glitter and inflatable snowmen, and suddenly everyone lost their marbles! It was like a holiday version of the Hunger Games ...

6 months ago

Do you celebrate Boxing Day?

Royce Shook · Boxing Day is an interesting day. The day-after-Christmas holiday is celebrated by most countries in the Commonwealth, but none of them are really sure what they're celebrating, when it started or why. So here are some ideas presented for your pleasure about this holiday best spe ...

6 months ago

Presents better to give or receive?

Royce Shook · My question is which gives more joy, the act of giving or receiving presents? Each creates lasting memories. · Every fall for some and in the first week of December for me, the hunt for the perfect gift begins. When my children were younger, we bought them way too much. They each ...

6 months ago

Christmas Eve

Royce Shook · We will be changing our Christmas Eve routine this year. My daughter is coming from Australia and part of her tradition is to have a Christmas meal with friends and family on Christmas Eve. · The reason is simple, it is very hot on Christmas day where she lives and so it is easie ...

6 months ago

Christmas Dinner who to invite?

Royce Shook · Family gatherings are an important part of the season and the day. Every holiday season brings forth a magnificent display of culinary delights that graces our dinner tables. Our holiday feast has a variety of delicious foods. The smell of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves brings back ...

6 months ago

Christmas memories

Royce Shook · As December unfolds and the holiday season approaches, the air becomes imbued with a special kind of magic, marking the arrival of Christmas. It's a time when the world transforms into a winter wonderland, adorned with twinkling lights, festive decorations, and the delightful aro ...

6 months ago

Decorating the Christmas tree

Royce Shook · Ah, Christmas memories. They hold a special place in our hearts, don't they? The holidays are a time when recollections of past celebrations come flooding back, accompanied by feelings of warmth and nostalgia. These memories are like little time capsules that transport us to a pl ...

6 months ago

31 Xmas Dad jokes

Royce Shook · Let's take a break from blogs on retirement and other issues to lighten up the day as we move into the festive season. So to start, here are 31 jokes to embarrass my kids and grandson, · one for each day of December enjoy! · Why did Santa go to music school? Because he wanted to ...

6 months ago

The holidays are a time to remember and celebrate

Royce Shook · Over this month, I will be focusing on my remembrances of Christmas, and I hope you enjoy the journey. This year, with all the chaos around us, it appears to me that we need Xmas or at least the spirit of Xmas sooner not later. · Outdoor Xmas lights in my community were wrapping ...

1 year ago

My Year In Review.

Robert Cormack · Why I screamed and upset the dog.

1 year ago

Why We're Misbehavin'

Robert Cormack · Has the world gone crazy, or are we having daddy issues? · “The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun.” Buckminster Fuller · It’s hard to imagine anyone having a clear, civilized thought these days. At least in pre-pandemic times, some sense of order and decency still e ...

1 year ago

THE GRINCH WHO LOST CHRISTMAS

Jim Murray ·   · 'It's a terrible thing', spewed the Grinch from his cave · All these nasty, sane people trying to put me in my grave · But there's no quit in this Grinch and onward he raves · In the hope that his sorry ass will somehow be saved · But his words are all filled with lies and de ...

1 year ago

Book Review

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1 year ago

Yadda Yadda Yadda And A Partridge in A Pear Tree: A Christmas Memory

Jim Murray · (This was originally written in 2020) · We’re having the worst snowstorm of the season so far as I sit here and write these words. I’ve shovelled twice and will doubtless be shovelling more. According to The Weather Channel, this storm is called a Colorado Low. Not very creative ...

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