Should Charity be a personal choice? Christmas Charity gifts

While I was reading this article titled “A curse on these smug types who buy you a goat in Africa for Christmas” by Virginia Ironside, I at first was a bit put off by her apparent ingratitude for the efforts made on her behalf by well meaning friends. But I have to say that her … Continue reading Should Charity be a personal choice? Christmas Charity gifts

Putting together our *36* year-old artificial Christmas Tree

Yep, the tree is old enough that you can still see some damage where those ancient 7-Watt Christmas bulbs had melted the fake pine needles. Michelle would much prefer to have a “real” tree.  The center pole is pretty warped and nobody would ever mistake this for the real thing but I’m pretty attached to … Continue reading Putting together our *36* year-old artificial Christmas Tree

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!

Michelle and I want to take this opportunity to wish you well during this most festive time of year. Here’s hoping that the new year has all of our retirement and other investment accounts recovering and our federal government’s hands removed from our pockets! Let 2009 be your most successful year, a foundation from which … Continue reading Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!

Christmas Canon (Trans-Siberian Orchestra)

Without question, one of my favorite musical pieces (I know, I know, I’m not very original liking Pachelbel’s Canon, so sue me), these “Trans-Siberian Orchestra” versions are two of my staple Christmas musical pieces. Both are based on the same piece yet both bring unique beauty to a genre that is brimming with magnificence. And … Continue reading Christmas Canon (Trans-Siberian Orchestra)