november done

Posted in journal on November 30th, 2009 by george

november skyNovember is quite a month. We in the north bid farewell to autumn and don hats, scarves and gloves to shake hands with old man winter. If we resist at the beginning, by the end we are resigned to the onslaught of Christmas and all that entails. Read more »

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thanksgiving

Posted in opinion on November 26th, 2009 by george

Corncop2God bless America for coming up with such a great holiday. To simply gather with friends and family and give thanks. And there is plenty to be thankful for.

My memories of Thanksgivings past when living in the US, include a tradition of everyone at the table being given a chance to say what they are thankful for this year, before the feasting begins.girl-turk

We do well to recall our successes, big and small, and the joyful times we have experienced. Looking back over a year, surely everyone has some positive memories, even in the midst of great suffering. Once we focus on the good things, the list grows surprisingly quickly.

Living in the UK, where complaining seems to be the order of the day, it is all too easy to forget. Our sainted media thrives on digging up dirt and picking holes in everything. But then it has long been established that good news doesnt sell.

ncookedturkey2Unlike its beleaguered cousin Christmas, Thanksgiving is not much tainted by commerce. There is no extravagant gift buying. All that is given is thanks, to each other and to God, for the abundance of good things we have.

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just say no

Posted in how about?, humbug alert, journal on November 14th, 2009 by george

santaLast night I spent the evening watching the tube. November 13, and already TV ads are working their dreadful sorcery. An endless list of gift options and food and drink items for the feast, now a mere 6 weeks away, are paraded before hapless viewers.

Why does this still affect me? Its not that I want to rush out and buy all this crap, but rather that I feel guilty because I don’t want to. The arch winks and sly grins of a high sheen cast of glamour cats and kittens, would have me give in to their blandishments and START SPENDING MONEY!! Read more »

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