And To All, a Good Night

“A very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.

Let’s hope it’s a good one, without any fear.”

– John Lennon

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

-Isaiah 9:6

The Secret of Christmas

It’s not the glow you feel
When snow appears
It’s not the Christmas card
You’ve sent for years

Not the joyful sound
When sleigh bells ring
Or the merry songs
Children sing

The little gift you send
On Christmas day
Will not bring back the friend
You’ve turned away

So may I suggest, the secret of Christmas
It’s not the things you do
At Christmas time but the Christmas things you do
All year through

Songwriters: Jimmy Van Heusen / Sammy Cahn

The Secret of Christmas lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Concord Music Publishing LLC

The Final Frontier

Well, it’s official, now.

My wife and I are both retired. Her last day of employment was Tuesday.

Mine, unfortunately, was March 16, 2020. I’ve just gone from collecting unemployment to collecting monthly pension. Which my wife will now also collect. Along with the money we’ve saved over the years, we should be in good shape financially. (We hope.)

We’ve kind of been rehearsing for this, actually. She’s been using vacation time for a while, now, so we’re already used to not working. And I think we like it!

Not that we haven’t been busy. It seems like there’s something that needs to be done all the time. Good thing we’re not working, I guess.

We don’t have plans to travel anytime soon, COVID still as rampant as it is. We can’t see getting on a plane and being in such close quarters with a bunch of strangers who may or may not be vaccinated. Same with a train. We would like to eventually go some places, though. Maybe someday, traveling this way will be safe again.

And driving somewhere just takes too long, and we don’t want to be away from our cats for that long. You pet owners understand.

Anyway, in the meantime, we’re just enjoying not having to go to bed at a certain time, or get up at a certain time, watching TV, going out with friends, spending quality time with the cats…you know, taking it easy.

Who knows, we may take up a hobby at some point, or do some volunteer work; you never know.

But our new chapter has begun, and we’ll just see where it leads. Together.

All you guys out there still working, have a happy Labor Day weekend. We don’t have it off, anymore.

Take care, everyone.

Choose Yes!

Reading or watching the news these days can be a downright demoralizing experience. Nearly every story is a bad one: war, mass murder, political malfeasance, racism, et al.

It’s partly our fault. Bad news makes ratings go up, and in the business of news, higher ratings are the goal. We like our news bad, for whatever reason.

But if you ever get tired of that, if you ever get to wondering if there’s any good news out there, my answer is Yes!

As in Yes! Magazine, a nonprofit, independent publication committed to, as they call it, “solutions journalism.” Here is an explanation from their website of just what that entails:

“Our explanatory journalism analyzes societal problems in terms of their root causes and explores opportunities for systemic, structural change. Our stories uncover environmental, economic, and social justice intersections. Our solutions reporting spotlights the ideas and initiatives of people building a better world. Our commentaries address dominant economic, political, and social structures and consider alternative ways of thinking that can produce a more equitable and Earth-friendly world.”

In other words, instead of just telling you what’s wrong in the world, Yes! Magazine wants to have the conversation about making it right. I think there’s a place for that.

I’ve read some thought provoking and inspirational stories here, and it’s a good reminder that all the news ain’t bad.

Just go to https://yesmagazine.org sometime and have a look for yourself.

You’re welcome.