Few Surprises As We Wrap Up Another Christmas

So another Christmas is over. Well, not technically. Every year Catherine reminds me that the Christmas season isn’t over until after Epiphany on January 6. So the tree stays up, maybe until Lent. For a lot of people, though, any evidence that Christmas was even celebrated vanishes by New Year’s Day. Oh, there might still … Continue reading "Few Surprises As We Wrap Up Another Christmas"

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Those Jolly Good Memories of Christmases Past

Mom was unusually quiet one day after school just before Christmas. I knew something was up. She ordered brother Warren and me into the station wagon. We didn’t dare ask where we were going but it soon became apparent that we were getting a Christmas tree, something Dad was supposed to have done a couple … Continue reading "Those Jolly Good Memories of Christmases Past"

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The Annual Report From Planet Johnson

Mid-bite during a third dinner of leftover Thanksgiving turkey, I suddenly froze. “We have to get the Christmas cards sent out,” I whispered, mostly to myself. Catherine heard enough of it to look at me and ask, “What are you mumbling about now?” That started the annual frantic discussion about who has to do what. … Continue reading "The Annual Report From Planet Johnson"

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Zen and the Art of Fall Maintenance

The cold rain and wind gusts created a shower of wet leaves swirling to the saturated ground in the woods behind our house. Fall had returned with its unmistakable air of rotting vegetation, a warning that winter was just over the next hill. In this wondrous northland where we’re always getting ready for something, I … Continue reading "Zen and the Art of Fall Maintenance"

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Parsing My Way Through The English Language Jungle

When I was contemplating what path to pursue in college, I chose English as a major. What was I thinking? Well, I was a good speller and read a lot of books in grade school. Shouldn’t that qualify me? I figured on becoming a teacher like everyone else in my family and decide that would … Continue reading "Parsing My Way Through The English Language Jungle"

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