Bitter-Sweet

Bitter-Sweet

There is nothing I love more than the excitement held in those last few seconds of the old year. We mark this occasion often alongside friends or family, suddenly paying micro attention to the very seconds on the clock as they pass from 11:59 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. During...
The Ghost of A Christmas Past

The Ghost of A Christmas Past

I have been on this earth long enough to have seen 68 Christmases come and go, although I have no strong memories of the first four or five. But one stands out for its own unique reasons. Allow me to share it with you. It was the Christmas of 1962. That was a...
MARY CHRISTMAS, MARTHA!

MARY CHRISTMAS, MARTHA!

Sometimes I think Martha gets a bad rap. The Christmas season always brings out the battle between my inner Martha and Mary.  That’s not exactly true, because I am way more Martha than Mary.  It’s maybe a 75/25 split.  (Okay, maybe it’s more 90/10!) ...
It’s About Time

It’s About Time

I have had some pretty significant events take place in my life the past few months. On November 24th my high school graduating class had its 50th reunion. Wow! Seriously? Where did the time go? My beautiful and faithful bride Nancy and I celebrated our 49th wedding...
Blending Traditions

Blending Traditions

Nothing was more exciting than Christmas time at my childhood home. My father was from Scandinavian descent, and that meant the family gathered around the griddle making lefsa (a potato tortilla served with butter and sugar) to grace the Holiday table a couple of days...
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