Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Ah, Christmas, that wonderful time of year when brightly-wrapped gifts under the twinkling tree contain treasures untold.

A top 10 list is now the way to define what things are about. Just before Christmas break, my daughter turned in a history project based on the top 10 facts about the Tai Ping Rebellion in China (1850's).

As we close the door on another year, we start a new blank slate - anything is possible. I have always looked at a new year with eyes wide open to new possibilities and a hopeful heart.

The move from the big house to the smaller home a year ago brought a pint-sized office, three dozen banker boxes to replace nine, overfilled filing cabinets and a new, tiny-by-comparison work desk.

As I see it, the problem with writing is obvious: all the good lines are taken. If there was any justice in the world I would open this column about 2006 with "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

I love to bake, but making homemade goodies means someone should eat them. We don't need the extra food temptations, and neither do the people (neighbors and friends) I might give them to.

One reason I love spending time with young children is I find it joyful to revel in their wide-eyed wonder at the world.

This is the time of year when I like to share with you one of my mother's columns from when she wrote for Farm and Dairy from the 1950s until her death in 1965.

In late July, this space highlighted recent investigative stories by reporters at the Washington Post.

Each holiday season brings certain traditions that are unavoidable. For instance, at some point in December, you're going to turn on the radio and hear The Royal Guardsman singing the Snoopy vs.
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