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Wishful Thinking


Words that are hard to live up to

Words that are hard to live up to

Undoubtedly, there was more than one reading of all or portions of the Declaration of Independence given across the country today.  Speaking of which; don’t you think that Independence Day is a holiday geared more for children?  It’s not that adults don’t enjoy it as much as their charges; they definitely do but I think their, our celebration comes with a more seasoned viewpoint on life.

Let me rephrase it.  When we’re young, we’re prodded by the teachers to “think about what liberty means” over the July 4th holiday, rather than simply running around gorging ourselves on burgers and hot dogs and generally having a good old time down at the shore.  And then at some point for some of us, age occurs and we do just that and really begin to think about what liberty and freedom means both for us today and what it meant back then to proclaim it in such a fashion.  It’s still fun but at times, it’s bittersweet.  This is one of those times. Continue reading

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Embracing my inner Grinch


I’ll be the first to tell anyone that I can be a bit “grinchey” over the holidays.  It’s nothing really; recalcitrance.   At the same time, I get all misty-eyed when either a Charlie Brown Christmas comes on TV or, as was the case the other night, A Miracle of 34th Street, the 1947 version with Edmund Gwenn.

Something’s make us look past the joy of the holidays and focus on what’s wrong or becoming wrong with the day.  Watching the movie the other night I heard something that sort of sharpened my attention. Continue reading


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A Global Recipe Denouement

Wild Turkey, Eastern United states

Wild Turkey, Eastern United States

Here we are two days after the holiday and many of us are in that traditional end game occurring after Thanksgiving.  It’s a flavorful one that may go on for a couple of days depending on how much your dinner bird weighed and how much of it is left over.  Thinking about which turkey reruns would get eaten in my house, I decided to pull out an oldie-but-goodie from my childhood, turkey noodle soup. Continue reading

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Tis the Season to be Melancholy (But Don’t be)

Christmas time is here
Happiness and cheer
Fun for all that children call
Their favorite time of the year

It’s like I hear the Peanuts song, “Christmas Time”; except the next verse, “happiness and cheer” isn’t necessarily a done deal; nor is it “fun for all”.  For millions of Americans, the holiday season is not a happy one in any way.  It’s a time of stress, lower expectations and in some instances, even lower feelings of hope.  No way “the season to be jolly”, depression and gloom unfortunately are the emotions of the period for many.  Continue reading

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Thankful, Anyway

This will go down as a Holiday to remember.

Here in the Mid-Atlantic area, it was a balmy 59-plus degrees and raining, heavily at times, yesterday.  If it was colder and the precipitation was the frosty type, it’d have made for more of a holidayesque mood. Even today, Christmas, isn’t shaping up to be the norm; it’s overcast and mild for the time of year, nothing even remotely resembling the storied Christmases of our imagined past.

And to top it all off, myself and the entire house picked this time of year to come down with severe flu-like symptoms.

But Christmas, as much or more than its cousin of a month earlier, is a holiday about giving thanks, in spite of what’s occurring around you.  And we have a lot going down around us these days.  America is again at a crossroads where she’ll have to decide what type of country she wants to be.  She’s been here before; that’s why I’m hopeful that she’ll make the right decisions again today.

And that’s cool because Christmas is also about hope; the hope of a new day embodied in the birth of a tiny baby.

So while I may not be able to pinpoint what it is I’ve caught, although I kinda figure we caught it from the cab driver who misjudged his sneeze during our cab ride; I’m nevertheless thankful for what we have, sniffles et al.

I’m thankful for the friends, family and relationships I’ve cultivated over the years and the ones that I hope to nurture in the future.  I’m thankful for the folks who’ve humbled me by attending to what it is I have to offer.  And I’m thankful for mine and my family’s good health, as reasonable as that is under the circumstances.

After all, it could be worse; the cab driver could have recently returned from visiting in-laws somewhere, very alarming.


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