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Christmas Has Done Me Good


“What’s Christmastime…. but a time for paying bills without money, a time for finding yourself a year older, and not an hour richer, a time for balancing your books?…. If I could work my will, 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.  He should!”  so says.. Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens.

But shall we let the story stop there? I say not…. And with that,  this is how Scrooge’s nephew replies………. “There are many things from which I might have derived good, by which I have not profited.  I dare say, Christmas among the rest. But I am sure I have always thought of Christmastime…. as a good time, a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time: the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut up hearts freely…. And therefore, uncle, though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pockets, I believe it has done me good, and will do me good.”


May you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!



M E R R Y C H R I S T M A S !

M E R R Y C H R I S T M A S!


M E R R Y C H R I S T M A S!!





My prayer for you is that Christmas has done you good, and will do you good this year. Someone was born over 2000 years ago that has done us all good and will continue to do us good…. And for that, I am so very, very thankful this Christmastime.  May you  and your family have a most blessed Christmas!

I know this is a tremendously hard time of year for some who have lost relatives or friends.  It can be a time of overpowering sadness and depression, as the thoughts of those who have gone on ahead of them in this life catapult in as a tidal wave of memories that wash their feet out from under them.  Try to remember those who are alone this Christmas season, not only from a physical perspective, but from an emotional perspective as well.  Show them you care, and let them know it is okay to talk about those who have gone on ahead, and how much their loved ones meant to them, and that they are stilled missed. A gentle pat on the hand, a soft hug, and just being a listener that really cares… goes a long,long way. It is something they need to do, for each time they talk of them, it brings a certain amount of healing. Help them heal..  Gone from our sight… but forever with us… especially at Christmastime.


Starbucks Time

Starbucks Time

The great coffee company has author Herman Melville who wrote the 1000 page classic novel Moby-Dick to thank for their Starbucks name.  Starbucks takes its name from Starbuck who was the first mate on board the ship Pequod under Captain Ahab.  As a matter of fact the company was almost named Pequod.  I suppose they didn’t want to name it for second mate Stubb or third mate Flask although Flask has some similarity to a coffee cup.

Starbucks sells a whopping 2 billion cups of coffee a year and you can add my wife to the mix of this coffee frenzy.  Her favorite drink is a “Venti Pumpkin Spice Latte Non-Fat Milk Hot Whipped Cream “.  I suppose Starbucks can sell coffee at such high prices since the names are so long.  She tells me it is more than coffee, it is a coffee experience and her buddies treat her right at Starbucks. I suppose there is something to that.  What is a Barista by the way?

I have to admit though that I am not a coffee fan and have never drank a cup of coffee in my entire life.  I tasted it once when I was younger but never developed an affinity for it. I can’t stand coffee really.  I do like hot tea, but I run the other way when someone offers me a cup of coffee.  It is probably a good thing since if my wife and I both were drinking Starbucks we would not have any extra money left over at the end of the week.

Starbucks must be doing something right to be in 19,000 locations in sixty different countries and to be able to charge $5 per cup of coffee!