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Christmas Customs

Some thoughts today and for the next several days on the customs and stories of Christmas. In England, it is still common to hear someone say that the cock crows for Christmas. Legend has it that the roosters crowing would frighten away the bad spirits from the holy season. Other superstitions are wonderful in their imagery. One is that bees can sing at Christmas and sheep walk in procession to commemorate the visit of the angel to the shepherds. In Canada, there is the story…

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Neighborhoods

We have an ice storm going on at the moment. As I look outside in the twinkling bright of one streetlight, the trees and bushes, the brush and wires are coated with about an inch of ice. The prediction is for more over night. I live in small rural community. My road is what you would call a “dead end”. I’ve always disliked that term and would prefer “no outlet”, but preferences and rules always have a conflict with rules winning out. Anyway, my “dead…

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Stepping Stone Sky

Claude Charlebois is a friend of mine. He is a renowned Canadian photographer and is working on a project called “Tonal Visions”. It is a blending of photography and poetry. The poetry is from the late Maestro and Mentor Dr. Kenneth George Mills of Toronto and the world. Claude travels the globe creating unique photos of his own, but also captures the scenic wonder of nature when he sees it. I could not resist the words that flowed from my heart when I saw the…

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Blagojevich

I know he’s innocent until proven guilty. I will say it again, I know he’s innocent until proven guilty, that is our system of laws, but now I have to say that with today’s surveillance sophistication I suspect Governor Blagojevich of Illinois is in a deep heap of federal trouble. He is accused of preparing to sell the Senate seat vacated by President-elect Obama. I often wonder what changes in the minds of elected officials after they are placed in office with the promise to…

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