Christmas Photo a Day December 4, 2016

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Christmas Photo A Day DECEMBER 3, 2016

Small Business Saturday! Shop those galleries today! Check out a local artist’s website to see what is still available in time for Christmas. Help a friend to become what they want to be —a successful artist or entrepreneur in your neighborhood. (or in mine–photos still have time to arrive for Christmas!)

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We get by with a little help from our friends.

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Christmas Photo A Day DECEMBER 2, 2016

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Timmy and Hamish

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Roxy Fluffernutter and Timmy

Christmas past–Our dear Hamish (we miss him very much)

And introducing our newest bundle of joy, Roxy Fluffernutter. (#Roxyfluffernutter on #Instagram) She has been entertain us these last few weeks! Wondering if we dare put up a tree; I am recovering from thumb surgery and do most of the decorating, and she is ‘curious’😉

***Happy birthday, hunny.***

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Christmas Photo A Day is BACK! December 1, 2016

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Welcome to December! We’ve ALMOST made it through 2016 and I know it’s been a tough year!

“There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.”  Khalil Gibran

Definitely words to hold close these next few frantic weeks! (please forgive the inevitable hiccups as I get this back to a daily format — it’s like learning to ride a bike again..bit wobbly at the outset but I’ll get there)

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More Notes From the Refrigerator Door

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I am not a fan of the mad rush up to the 25th, with a full screeching stop for one day, and then the determination to denude the house of any sign that Christmas happened before the next trash pick-up.

I celebrate the 12 days of Christmas AFTER Christmas, as is traditional, and not how retailers have decided it was meant to be BEFORE Christmas.

So, as long as all Christmas is packed and away by Valentines Day, I feel I am doing good! The tree stays up till the Epiphany. And it is usually far longer before it gets taken down, to be honest! I want to enjoy the holiday season, not rush to the next big thing…

I hope that Santa was good to you!

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See you next December 1! I hope that you…

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Can You Hear Me, Dad?

My husband… on love and loss, on memory and acceptance… ,#

Thoughts from the Highway of Life

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I know it would be just as easy for me to sit here and say the words out loud, or better still, kneel down and pray, but here at the keyboard I can do both. I feel for you at times like this and I can only imagine all those night you spent in the hospital where those deep hours were just you and your thoughts.

I know you lost your father young, just like I lost you, and years later, your mother. Despite being surrounded by those you held most dear in your life, did you still feel alone? It’s a hard sensation to describe, but when the rest of the world sleeps, the memories and thoughts in your head just won’t be silent.

An old legend says if you can’t sleep it’s because you’re awake in someone else’s dream. I have no clue if there is any truth…

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Clinton vs. Trump

Perfectly put. Blameless and perfect she may not be, but Sane, accomplished, capable? Yeah, she’s got that going for her.

Liberty and Justice for ALL

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Political name-calling is nothing new, and the modern media loves a nickname better than the cure for a deadly disease. They also seem to love controversy better than substance and there has been no shortage of either in the 2016 Presidential election campaign.

Republicans and conservatives love to call her, “Killary,” or “Crooked Hillary,” while Democrats and liberals call him, “Lying Trump, DumbTrump,” or any of a long list of colorful metaphors I’ll leave to your imagination or social media feed.

Hillary Clinton has certainly been accused of lying more than once, along with virtually every member of Congress, but I think there is a large difference between changing your position on a particular issue, qualifying your remarks, and outright lying.

Clinton has changed her position on more than a few points over the years, but after forty years of dealing with law, public issues, and government service I’m not…

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