2015 National Poetry Month, And a PAD Poem

It’s April and it’s National Poetry Month–two good things right there. For those out of the loop, National Poetry Month has all kinds of good things for poets and those interested in poetry. The Academy of American Poets offers a …
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First Crisis of 2015

Years ago I threw in the towel on expecting much out of January. (Apologies to all of you with January birthdays. I know your perspective must be quite different.) It’s that double whammy of post-Christmas adrenaline drain and cold, snowy, …
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Christmas Sprites

As if this season hasn’t been challenging enough with the flu sprites hovering, the Annalee imps have been at it again. This is the latest edition to my involuntary collection. I found it strung on the seatbelt in Diamondqueen’s van …
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ANOTHER Auld Lang Syne

http://youtu.be/cmVXYOJzAJM

Recently a friend posted on Facebook that Dan Fogelberg’s “Same Old Lang Syne” had infected her as an earworm she could not banish. Several commenters added how much they hate this song. I’ve heard this before from people who have …
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The “Kiss of Death” Prediction Fulfilled

In my first post this month when I said I’d attempt to write a blog post every day, I also said every time I make a resolution like this, something happens to derail my plans; in other words, stating my …
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A Snowy Walk in Germany

I’ve always loved this snapshot of Mom I took in Germany. We were on a Christmas Market tour in December, 1990. On this particular occasion we were walking back to the boat from a visit to Herrenchiemsee, one of King …
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What’s a Jingle Hop?

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My parents didn’t usually listen to the local pop/rock radio station when I was a kid, so I didn’t hear the more youth-oriented Christmas songs during the season until I was a pre-teen with a radio of my own. The …
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Isaiah and The Nutcracker

Mom bought her fancy Nutcracker theater about ten years ago, give or take. It was a hit with everyone who walked in the door for the first few years. It truly is charming. When it comes on, the doors open …
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Vintage Christmas Decorations

http://youtu.be/_pQIHJUf8t8

The video above is a snip from a home movie my mother took in December 1959. It doesn’t only show contemporary cards and trims from the period; it also features some excellent pieces now considered antiques. Some of the older …
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Where, O Where Did Our Little Girl Go?

Last night S.Hooligan performed in her first middle school band concert. She took up the flute this year, not that any of us knows how she plays. Possibly she’s never put the flute to her lips at home. Diamondqueen swears …
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