A Few Firsts

I experienced a few firsts on Christmas Eve. First Number One I read A Christmas Carol (1843) by Charles Dickens for the very first time. I had never read it because I kept telling myself that I already know the story, so what is the point? I have images of Donald Duck, Goofy, and Mickey Mouse... Continue Reading →


We have had our tree up for a few weeks now. My daughters did the decorating. They enjoy pulling out the ornaments from past years and asking me about them. It was fun to see some of the ones I had forgotten about. It was also nice to remember the person who had given me... Continue Reading →

Kissing Santa Claus

When I was about 9 or 10, I kissed Santa Claus.  Being the shy person that I am, I did not spontaneously act, but instead, my parents saw an opportunity for capturing a childhood memory that misrepresents my personality completely. I know. I'm not really kissing him in this picture, but I did!  This was... Continue Reading →

Great Books for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving seems to be about food and family, and while gratitude is certainly an important aspect of this holiday’s symbolism, that tends to get lost in some of the shuffle. In that light, I’ve compiled a list of great books for Thanksgiving. They aren’t necessarily books about Thanksgiving, but they do explore human connection, gratitude... Continue Reading →

My Favorite Christmas Books

I just discovered that I’m not a Christmas book reader.  I got excited about writing a post for you about some of my favorite Christmas books, and then I realized that I didn’t have many.  I haven’t even read very many!  So, here are those I have come up with as “favorites,” but they honestly... Continue Reading →

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