Long Lay The World

Every Christmas season I generally approach with equal portions joy, holiday spirit, stress, and disappointment.  The first two explain themselves; the latter two are more related to the gift ritual and unfortunate embedding of an allegedly snowy holiday during a time of year where snow is relatively rare. This year things mostly still smack of…

Listening For the Bells

1:27 AM: The Christmas season is well and truly upon us, and we are 12 days from Christmas Day itself.  So caught up am I in the holiday meaning that I’m unable to sleep.  Knowing full well that I have to work early tomorrow morning, I’m turning to the solace of a computer keyboard. I…

Yuletide Slush & Introspection

Those who follow me on Facebook & Twitter know by now that one of my major gripes is that we have tied our holidays to particular dates, and that our climate no longer accommodates the aesthetic often associated with them.  This isn’t going to be a tirate on Global Warming or if it’s actually a…

A Few Winter Thoughts

I’m a huge winter fan.  Mostly. Don’t get me wrong, summer is cool in its own way.  I love the storms, the hot rain, the numerous opportunities to wear cargo shorts, etc.  Vacations are usually alright (usually…), but ultimately?  Not my thing. The best time of the year is when the leaves change colors &…