Paradise Found

Sorry for disappearing on you there.  I am in Hawaii for two weeks with limited access to internet.  And by limited access, what I mean is that I’m in Hawaii and have no intention of spending very much of that time in front of a screen.  It’s not that I don’t love you.  It’s just how it’s got to be. Continue reading

Limbo Week

It’s that strange week between Christmas and the New Year when going to work makes you feel like you’ve entered the twilight zone.  Maybe you have this week off, in which case maybe it doesn’t seem weird to you; it just feels like part of Christmas vacation.  But when you have to go to work that day after Boxing Day, nothing feels quite right. Continue reading

Hark Call the Bells

You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch.

Mr. Grinch

Halloween is over and the stores did not spare a second in moving on to the next holiday.  Up go the sparkles and the music and the boxed sets.  The mailbox is stuffed with glossy catalogs that somehow make it look like even tools from Canadian Tire are cool gifts.  Every year, earlier and earlier… ridiculous commercialism… doesn’t mean anything any more… grumble, grumble… sentimental garbage… screaming, spoiled children… taking the Christ out of Christmas… will they ever stop playing that song?!… every idiot who goes about with ‘Merry Christmas’ on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. Continue reading