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“The pug is living proof that God has a sense of humor.” – Margo Kaufman “Every dog must have his day.” – Jonathan Swift “No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does.” – Christopher Morley ––––– Presley the pug has been on holiday in Huntsville, Alabama, since Christmas Eve. […]

“Maybe you had to leave in order to miss a place; maybe you had to travel to figure out how beloved your starting point was.” – Jodi Picoult “It is through place that we put our roots.” – Eudora Welty ––––– About eight years ago, my friend Cheryl and I flew to New York City […]

“We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives … not looking for flaws, but for potential.” – Ellen Goodman “Hope smiles from […]

“Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?” – Clarence Oddbody, Angel Second Class ––––– Most newspaper columnists I enjoy reading seem to have at least one column that’s repeated on special occasions. Late journalist Charlie Faulk’s Christmas column “Santa’s Whiskers” […]

“Next to a circus there ain’t nothing that packs up and tears out faster than the Christmas spirit.” – Kin Hubbard “Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.” – Hamilton Wright Mabie ––––– My niece, Bailey Cook, was nearly 5 before she met Santa face to face. He […]

“A lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.” – Garrison Keillor “I’m going to be Mary in the Christmas play. And if you try to be, or raise your arm, you’ll wish you didn’t.” – Imogene Herdman, “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” ––––– Memories […]

“The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.” – Albert Camus “It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer.” – E.B. White ––––– My friend Ashton Lee stopped by to visit last week. That’s not his real name, but the pen name […]

“Thankfulness creates gratitude which generates contentment that causes peace.” – Todd Stocker “If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.” – Meister Eckhart “I made cranberry sauce, and when it was done put it into a dark blue bowl for the beautiful contrast. I was thinking, doing this, about the […]

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anais Nin “If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you.” – Winnie The Pooh “Friendship is the only cure for hatred, the only guarantee of peace.” – Gautama Buddha […]

“They err who think Santa Claus enters through the chimney. He enters through the heart.” – Charles W. Howard “Alas! How dreary would be the world if there was no Santa Claus! … There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence.” – Francis P. Church ––––– Writing […]