Monthly Archives: December 2011

Basket of Time

I celebrated the end of the year as I have for the past three years, with good friends by a frozen lake, around a bonfire. There was good food and wine and good conversation and expressions of gratitude from everyone. … Continue reading

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Changing Tradition

The city of Milwaukee is hanging from my Christmas tree. I don’t know why. I have never lived in Milwaukee. I have no ties with Milwaukee. But every year I take out my skyline of Milwaukee Christmas ornament and dutifully … Continue reading

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A Good Hat

“You can’t go outside in weather like this without a hat,” my mother said, and of course she was right. It was two weeks before Christmas. I had recently returned from Africa and didn’t have a proper winter hat. I … Continue reading

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Advice

I like to read advice columns. I mean, I really like to read advice columns. Reading a single column is never enough, I like to read them by the dozen. I will find a trove of advice columns by someone … Continue reading

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Christmas Catalogs

It’s getting hard to deny. I have no trouble ignoring “Christmas in July” sales. When the skeletons are immediately replaced with reindeer I get a little bothered— especially since the comparatively noncommercial Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. But … Continue reading

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