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Was your savior born on this day?
If you believe, I hope you do a bit to celebrate that wondrous occasion. If you are like me, perhaps you'll ponder the teachings of this mythic figure and take a bit more of the 'good word' to heart, and try to apply it from day to day. Some just don't believe, and find that celebrating Sir Issac Newton day with dropping apples on other's heads to be quite fantastic. May I recommend that you stay away from the candied variety, perhaps sticking with a good Macintosh.

I'll take in the beauty of the almost full moon, rising over the San Gabriel mountains, over a church on the corner, the cross on it's roof bedecked with a wreath and sparkling with lights. I remember the joy inside those walls. I recall the hope that was embraced. Truly miraculous. I remember the lights over the streets in so many places - gatlinburg, northern tip of DC - crazy large lights, a Frosty figurine 20 feet tall. Trinkas Manor. Carol's blow to her noggin. Christmas cards under windshield wipers - a pathetic attempt to contact others. A gift from a friend, illuminating the cold dark season. An ornament, one of hundreds made in a living room - stuffed sock part, like a snowman. My green glittery box of ornaments, a stocking for 'scott'. KISS ALIVE II on 8-track, using headphones, while on the couch watching the christmas lights blink on the tree. the old box we always used for the nativity scene. The live nativity scene at the Washington Temple - while inside there were glorious displays in rich colors from places that have never had a white christmas. Andy and Charlotte hosting my sad butt for a few holidays in Germany. Making it home after bailing out of A&F one year - running north on I-81 and enjoying the new pavement - no construction delays, and not a lot of traffic the morning of the 25th. Driving to New York 4 years ago, to Mississippi 3 years ago.

the holidays. the year. what a way to wrap things up.

My wish is that this finds you ok. Contented, if not joyous. Making it through the days and planning on a brighter tomorrow. Not always easy to accomplish this time of year, but it is a heartfelt hope.

Peace, love and happiness.


the past few days...
filled with things.
Aunt D. doing her fabulous holiday dinner - so nice and good. Company party - delicious food - a steak with cherry sauce/juice - though garlicky - yum. T-dog's for dinner last night - howdy, brother John. Delicious Library for any Mac users is a must get. Good luck with T-dog's pursuit of a feature this next year, along with Carrie&Nate's multi-state home owning spree.

A run to the ocean is interrupted by a sobriety checkpoint - on a Tuesday night? oh well. the ocean is majestic and powerful. It soothes my ragged nerves, allows me to focus and let go at the same time. I need to get there more often, perhaps move there.

I write these little entries, for what purpose? I need to link to this journal from my site if I want people to read it. Alas, the major problem - not enough planning, and never any follow through. the challenge of life, I take it.

Of course, a relaxed confidence is all I really have needed. Perhaps that will be my gift to myself for 2005. A good plan.