Monday Morning Musings

Posted on November 30, 2015 under Monday Morning Musings with one comment


Santa looks like he’s been into the Christmas spirits already.



You can feel the pace accelerating. It’s November 30th. but with Christmas Eve only 24 days away, there’s definitely something in the air. The first dead giveaway is the omnipresent Christmas music. Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas carols and Christmas hymns… in moderation,  but by Christmas day, I’ve had about enough. Part of this is my own doing. I usually visit a few of the senior’s residences during December for a singalong and sing at several masses… and at various and sundry parties. And of course, our Vince Gill Christmas CD will get its usual workout. I am NOT “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.” I just suffer a bit from the feast/famine syndrome.

I think the tree lighting ceremony that was held on the weekend is one of my favorite functions of the holiday season. It brings large crowds of families and extended families together for the unofficial kickoff of Christmas in the community. The parade is always a big hit and “The Festival of Trees” at People’s Place is a wonderful fundraiser for our friends at CACL. Try and get down to see the trees and maybe  buy some tickets. You’re supporting a worthy cause and you might win a prize.

Despite incredibly stiff competition from Santa ( the Christmas parade ), the Grey Cup and the March for Climate Change, we managed to get a very nice crowd at the Schwartz Auditorium yesterday for the fundraiser for “A Partnership in Caring.” If you ever get a chance to see The Park Bench Players, please go! They are an amazing group of men and women who suffer from mental illness and tell their story in a thoughtful, poignant and humorous manner. They were definitely the show stoppers. We raised quite a bit of money. Take that, Santa!!!

Tomorrow, I will be posting the story “Snake Bitten.” As mentioned in previous posts, Peter and I were driving through endless miles of potato fields in Idaho when we inadvertently came upon the Snake River Canyon, made famous by Evel Knievel. For sheer surprise factor, this topped the list on our trip. If you’re ever traveling through Idaho, take the exit to Twin Falls. The Snake River Canyon is simply breathtaking.

I’m putting the finishing touches on the story about my amazing brother Tom and his talented ( and patient! ) wife Catherine. They are not your typical retirees Coming soon, “ A Case of Incurable Optimism.”

Have a great week.


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