Here’s what I’m grateful for this Thanksgiving Eve: 1. My new potato peeler. 2. Taking a post rain walk this morning. I got one more glimpse of foliage before the predicted weather blows it all off the trees this weekend. 3. I’m hosting my family for Thanksgiving, and the bomb cyclone hitting a good portion of the United States won’t keep them from coming. 4. I own a house big enough to host them. 5. My company remains closed on Friday, giving everyone an extra day off to clean, relax, and recover. Whatever your plans are for tomorrow, I hope they unfold as expected and you have a great Thanksgiving.
My yorki Peanut investigating the Christmas tree graveyard behind our old Massachusetts apartment in 2013. Out with the old and in with the new! I’m currently entered in a haiku contest, and would greatly appreciate your vote. It just takes a few moments to cast a vote here, and the contest is open until January 10th. If you voted once already, the website will let you vote once every 24 hours. I’m currently trying to push into first place!
The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals. Melody Beattie
Like snowflakes, my Christmas memories gather and dance—each beautiful, unique, and gone too soon. Deborah Whipp
Are all your holiday preparations finished? I’ve finished all my wrapping and baking so I can enjoy my Christmas Eve traditions: red wine, a raclette meal, and watching Love Actually.
I like to compare the holiday season with the way a child listens to a favorite story. The pleasure is in the familiar way the story begins, the anticipation of familiar turns it takes, the familiar moments of suspense, and the familiar climax and ending. Fred Rogers
I love Disturbed’s cover of Sound of Silence, and this orchestral version by Lucas King is also melancholy but at the same time beautiful.
A few weeks ago I attended a screening of Home Alone hosted by the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, during which the orchestra performed the soundtrack live. It was a fantastic experience. Seeing John Williams score performed live really made me appreciate how intricate the music is, and how difficult it is to perform (especially during that frantic airport dash!) I would highly recommend seeing a movie screening with the score performed live if you ever have the chance. The next one on the schedule in Charlotte is Star Wars, I’m already looking forward to it! Strange Happenings This Week: Give Back: The Huffington Post has a great list of volunteering opportunities for anyone looking to give back during the holidays. Read: The Innocent Man, John Grisham’s only non fiction book, details the wrongful conviction of Ron Williams in Ada, Oklahoma. The book serves as the basis for the Netflix documentary of the same name. See: Friday, December 21st- Earth’s winter solstice occurs at 5:23 p.m. EST. At that moment, the Sun reaches its farthest point south …
I wrote last Wednesday about my preference for breaking up Christmas carols with songs that remind me of winter. Toms Mucenieks is well known on YouTube for rearranging sad versions of classic songs, and his morose version of Jingle Bells is another one you can mix in to break up all those cheerful Christmas tunes.