Monthly Archives: December 2015

Crow amid empty branches, December 31

Crows are sometimes seen as bad omens, even signs of impending death. But they are also seen as omens of positive change and messengers from the gods. I much prefer the latter interpretation, especially as catching sight of this one … Continue reading

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12 Days of Christmas Songs (#5) – “Barbara Allen”

“Barbara Allen” is a real downer of a song; no question about it. And it isn’t really a Christmas song, but I have always associated it with this time of year, dating from my first viewing of A Christmas Carol with Alastair Sim … Continue reading

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12 Days of Christmas Songs (#4) – “Silver Bells”

Christmas shopping when I was young meant pausing at magical window displays while trundling along snowy sidewalks in heavy coats and boots between the fancy department stores and the Woolworth’s and Kresge’s five-and-dime stores. Tinsel, pine boughs, and strands of multicolored lights … Continue reading

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12 Days of Christmas Songs (#3) – Handel’s Messiah

Merry Christmas! For today’s post, I thought the most appropriate “song” might be Messiah, the most significant musical work ever composed about the life of Christ within the context of Biblical Old Testament prophecies about his birth and Gospels about his life, … Continue reading

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12 Days of Christmas Songs (#2) – “Have a Merry Merry Merry Merry Christmas”

During my childhood in Ohio in the 1960s, my mom (and grandmother and great-grandmother, for that matter) were fans of Ruth Lyons, a pioneering Cincinnati radio and television personality who began her career in the earliest days of commercial radio in the 1920s. … Continue reading

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12 Days of Christmas Songs (#1) – “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming”

The “Twelve Days of Christmas” is actually the 12-day period beginning on Christmas Day and ending on January 5th (the day before the day the three kings/Magi/wise men visited the Christ child, aka “Epiphany“). So I’m getting started a little early. Backstory: … Continue reading

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Looking forward versus looking back

Strange how a shift in perspective changes everything. I was walking north with the sun at my back this afternoon when I noticed this interesting pattern of shadow and light reflections on the sidewalk ahead of me.After walking a little farther, I … Continue reading

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