Friday, December 25, 2009


Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Let your heart be light
From now on our troubles will be out of sight

--Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Let there be peace on earth

And let it begin with me

--Let There be Peace on Earth

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
--Desiderata, Max Ehrmann

Driving home this morning, I was greeted by a dramatic sight: two very large black birds which I cannot identify flew up and apart in a perfect formation from the road in front me. Just then, the ominous gray cumulo-stratus clouds parted enough to allow a ray of sunshine through. The stark beauty penetrated my contemplation, and seemed to portend possibilities.

A simple and sincere Merry Christmas wish to all or our good friends and readers. We are honored you take some time out of your busy lives to share here. The kindnesses we have been met with are truly humbling. Such brilliance, directness, generosity and heartfelt expression we would never have imagined.

To me, being able to feel deep gratitude for all that is given is the true meaning of the holidays. I hope you are warm and finding your own reasons for appreciation. My cup runneth over.

Thanks again.

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Blogger Long-time RN said...

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 25, 2009 at 7:08:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Ghost Dansing said...

merry christmas everybody....

Friday, December 25, 2009 at 8:54:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting the "peace on earth" cartoon. Can't read the text in it at the upper right that gives the artist's name - could you post it? The work has got to be close to the top of the list of best understatements on human civilization.

Saturday, December 26, 2009 at 7:33:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...


I thought it was brilliant, too, and in a grand and tragic stroke of irony, find that the cartoonist, "TAB", has been laid off as of 12/18/09:

Thomas “TAB” Boldt laid off from Sun Media
Posted by Alan Gardner
December 18, 2008

The journalism melt down that has reduced the number of staff editorial cartoonists by 18% this year isn’t just an American phenomenon. The Association of Canadian Editorial Cartoonists announced that Thomas “TAB” Boldt, cartoonist for Sun Media, has been laid off. He’s been with Sun Media (who owns dailies across Canada) since 2001.

Saturday, December 26, 2009 at 10:05:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy holidays, Range.

Sunday, December 27, 2009 at 7:08:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

..AND Lisa!

Sunday, December 27, 2009 at 7:08:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...



Monday, December 28, 2009 at 1:15:00 AM GMT-5  

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