Pull Up a Chair: Holiday Movies

By: Saturday December 7, 2013 4:00 am

Of course not everyone celebrates Christmas, but year-end is always a good time for reflection nonetheless, I think that’s universal. What movies do you watch at the end of the year for fun or inspiration, or memories? Obscure is good, too. Any promising new ones? And please include Hanukkah-themed ones as well, even though this year it has already been and gone.


Thanksgiving Should Be Earlier

By: Saturday November 30, 2013 1:00 pm

Spending this weekend with my family I’ve realized the timing of Thanksgiving is very awkward. As a country we have basically two big family holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas, and they are only a month apart.

An MBA In The House Of Love

By: Thursday December 27, 2012 3:21 pm

So how was your Christmas?


Are you sure?

Because our girl McMegan is here to tell you that your Christmas actually sucked harder than a Hard Sucking Machine (Hammacher Schlemmer, Christmas 2012 catalog – page 37 – bottom right corner) and wasn’t near as winter wonderland wonderful as hers was. Ready to be diminished by being told that your family and friends are a bunch of hapless but well-meaning doofuses who wouldn’t know a béchamel from a sauce foyot?

US Drone Strikes, Cyber Attacks Carried Out Under Cover of the Christmas Holiday

By: Wednesday December 26, 2012 11:30 am

On Christmas Eve, a US drone attacked a vehicle and killed at least two suspected al Qaeda militants in the southern Bayda province of Yemen. The attack happened in the early evening in the country. It was believed a “mid-level al Qaeda Yemeni operative,” Abdel-Raouf Naseeb, was one of the men killed. It was the first strike in Yemen in 47 days, according to The Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

Christmas Gift!

By: Tuesday December 25, 2012 7:00 pm

Some traditions last decades, others only for two or three years but all make Christmas unique for our individual families. Sometimes, it is life intruding that breaks the traditions.

Christmas ……

By: Tuesday December 25, 2012 6:00 pm

But as I stated before, I wonder what parents want for their kids. The common expectations appear to be for them to be successful in some way. Usually monetarily. Or in some instances, well educated. Sometimes famous and important or strong and competitive. To have a big house and big car and what ever else their position would afford them.

I wonder how many though want their children to be intelligent, wise, compassionate, humble, thoughtful, creative, imaginative, generous and enlightened. To become the best person they can be regardless of their otherwise stature.

Christmas Gangnam Style

By: Tuesday December 25, 2012 3:31 pm

Couldn’t be Christmas this year without one more..

A Merry Christmas Message (And Some Tunes)

By: Tuesday December 25, 2012 6:30 am

Christmas is about being with the people you love. It is about appreciating the others you have in your life and taking a moment out of your busy life to acknowledge the value of living.

Late Night: Come Inside

By: Monday December 24, 2012 8:00 pm

I watch this every year, because I’ve always loved this story.

This time of year, I’ve written before, is about grace from unlikely beginnings and light in dark times. The older I get, the less interested I am in the war on Christmas, the war over Christmas, the endless back and forth. It’s exhausting, and it isn’t the point.

Christmas Carols on Christmas Eve, 2012 Edition

By: Monday December 24, 2012 6:30 pm

Actually Christmas Eve is still Advent so I’m kicking off with a modern arrangement of ‘Veni, veni, Emmanuel’ if you don’t know the Latin version you’ve still definitely heard it in some form or another, ‘O Come, o come, Emmanuel’ is one of those pieces of music that just about every singer has covered. I love the original Latin version, I sang it as a child and this year I’ve had the pleasure of hearing three of my grandsons sing it first in Latin and then in Danish. As a surprise treat for me they hid the fact that they’d learnt it in English too and regaled me with it this afternoon.

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