Posts in category "tradition"

Welcome to our Surf Shack

Welcome to our Surf Shack
I have a confession to make:  I am going back to Florida.  Two thirds of my family will be joining me in this excursion; Matt, Jackson and Justine cannot join us.  My pouting has subsided.  There will be other years. Our little corner of the South was purchased after a few rough hotel stays in... Read more »

Who do you go to bed with?

Who do you go to bed with?
Last night Jimmy Fallon kicked off his new job in friendly fashion. The Tonight Show, starring Jimmy Fallon is  launched now by a Spike Lee clip, which looks like every clip, USA, but bears a better pedigree.  Still, it is a hug from NYC, the center of all things media. There was much to smile... Read more »

Much Ado About the Cub Nation

Much Ado About the Cub Nation
What crazed Hell is bubbling on Sports Radio? Why has the creation of a mascot for the Cubs created a surge of apoplexy?  How can grown men light up phone lines to decry this? Why does every sports columnist feel the need to cannibalize the Cubs’ marketing plan?  Does anyone need to micro-dissect the renderings of... Read more »
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The Ghosts of Christmas...

The Ghosts of Christmas...
Maybe I love Christmas because I hated school as a child, and two weeks without homework or peer pressure was heaven. Maybe I love Christmas because Mom loosened her “no TV” rules to allow us to watch Andy Williams, Perry Como and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir TV Specials. Maybe I love it because my Mom... Read more »

Christmas Kindness- Catch it- Share it-Spread it.

Christmas Kindness- Catch it- Share it-Spread it.
Just a quick thought here- I was driving through my suburb and was entranced by the beautiful lights that warm up this frigid month.  Night is so long that the Christmas decorations serve to keep spirits bright, as they say. I am trying to retain the spirit of Christmas without the manic shopping overload, and... Read more »

It's On

It's On
The Season is officially here- mine is called Christmas, though I accept it as an antidote to winter rather than a bone fide birthday celebration for Jesus.  The pagans had a good thing going- launching a Winterfest when their pantries were going to sustain them, the days were short and the nights cold.  They could... Read more »
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My Christmas Treasure

My Christmas Treasure
Part of becoming an adult is detaching from the family of origin, in order to create your own pod.  This is not a severance, it is a re-creation. It is easier said than done, especially during the holiday season. I had a terrible time being absent from my Detroit family’s Christmas.  It was Mom’s magical... Read more »

Part 2: Christmas Memory Book: A Gallery

This Bad poem got me started.
So….here are some captures of my Christmas Story.  The books I made last year were my favorite gifts to give my kids- so much better than sweaters. I hope some people will be inspired to copy my little “project” for their gift giving, or to annex to their own holiday celebrations.  I’m sure there are... Read more »

'Tis my season

'Tis my season
A proclamation:  I am going to try to downsize my Christmas this year to the “only slightly mad” level. The reason(s): 1.  My father-in-law Roger Dahl will be spending the holiday season with us, and I do not want to scar him with my madness. 2.  The Patrick Dahl family will be moving here after... Read more »
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And Jackson makes three….

There is a special resonance to the moment when your baby becomes a parent. I have been in the afterglow of that since October 24th.  Matthew and Justine’s little boy, Jackson, popped in a week early and ready to change all our lives forever. He was tiny: 6-10, 18.5 inches, and beautiful.  Hair: blondish. Eyes:... Read more »