One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don't clean it up too quickly." - Andy Rooney FOCUS: Holiday Merry Christmas Everyone!!!
For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; Naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me. ...Truly I say to... Continue Reading →
It's the Day Before the Night Before Christmas, and I'm busy, busy, busy being good! - The Caroleers FOCUS: Holiday I am posting today's photo with a wry smile on my face. You see, there is a 'lively' debate in my family about exactly which date on the calendar the 1960's holiday classic... Continue Reading →
I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus, underneath the mistletoe last night.... FOCUS: Life Unscripted Twenty-two years ago today, I married the love of my life. Happy Anniversary to my one-and-only!!
What child is this, who, laid to rest, On Mary's lap is sleeping? Whom angels greet with anthems sweet, While shepherds watch are keeping? This, this is Christ the King, Whom shepherds guard and angels sing: Haste, haste to bring Him laud, The Babe, the son of Mary. FOCUS: Holiday My husband and I... Continue Reading →
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. - Francis P. Church FOCUS: Holiday I spent most of the day Christmas shopping, and I must say that my spirit was only half into it. The tragic events of yesterday had taken their toll on my Christmas spirit, and I was wandering around the mall feeling... Continue Reading →
"My first copies of Treasure Island and Huckleberry Finn still have some blue-spruce needles scattered in the pages. They smell of Christmas still." -- Charlton Heston FOCUS: Holiday We have a little library of Christmas books at our house. During the month of December they sit in a basket by the fireplace just waiting... Continue Reading →
To you and all your family, your neighbors and your friends May all your days be happy with a joy that never ends May peace and love surround you at Christmas time and all the whole year through May your life be filled with sunshine, may your every wish come true May you find the... Continue Reading →
Rudolph with your nose so bright, won't you guide my sleigh tonight? - Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer FOCUS: Holiday With the sun so low in the sky this time of year, the shadows are amazing, deep and long. Gazing at your larger-than-life silhouette on the ground, you can't help but feel majestic... and... Continue Reading →
It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more. - Dr.... Continue Reading →
Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful." - Norman Vincent Peale FOCUS: Holiday I had this grand idea of using the spherical shape of a holiday ornament to convey a sense of 'Christmas Around the World'. Only one problem - it's impossible to photograph a... Continue Reading →
Frosted windowpanes, candles gleaming inside, painted candy canes on the tree... - The Christmas Waltz FOCUS: HolidayOld Man Winter has been making a bold statement the past few days. The low last night was -15 degrees fahrenheit, and the high today only 10 degrees (that's -26 and -10 degrees to you metric minded followers). Brrrrrrrrrrr. When... Continue Reading →
I'm dreaming of a White Christmas... FOCUS: Holiday A cold arctic front moved in last night bringing with it bitter cold temperatures and snow. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here...
The nutcracker sits under the holiday tree, a guardian of childhood stories. Feed him walnuts and he will crack open a tale...” - Vera Nazarian FOCUS: Holiday I must admit that I'm a sucker for nutcrackers, although I'm not exactly sure why. To be honest, I find them rather freakish looking as they stand... Continue Reading →
The wind outside nested in each tree, prowled the sidewalks in invisible treads like unseen cats... Anyone could see that the wind was a special wind this night, and the darkness took on a special feel because it was All Hallows' Eve. Everything seemed cut from soft black velvet or gold or orange velvet. Smoke... Continue Reading →
Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog, Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting, Lizard's leg, and owlet's wing,— For a charm of powerful trouble, Like a hell-broth boil and bubble. Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and caldron bubble. -William Shakespeare FOCUS: Seasonal I must admit that... Continue Reading →