Given the limits and limitations of others,

it is time to focus more on self and wind down for Christmas holidays. Peace, family, and reflection. It does not get better than that.

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Xmas 2018

From the beautiful fifties song:

“When life doesn’t seem worth the living
And you don’t really care who you are
When you feel there is no one beside you
Look for a star.” –Tony Hatch, “Look for a Star”

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Christmas Tradition

(left: Dylan Thomas reading his own “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” and the blue softcover version in an envelope; right: the well-done Canadian video with Denholm Elliott perfect as the grandfather)

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Ghosts of Xmas Past–Greetings from Dean and Spiritus!

A found picture and an unsent note from Dean McKenzie, The Legend, dated 1992.

Spiritus (a unique Edmonton performance poetry trio of senior high English teachers): Dean on right, Glen Kirkland in the middle, and me on the left).

Note: “Hail Spiritus! Its genesis takes on even more mythic qualities as our hejira toward truth and beauty continues.” Spiritus had a fabulous, wonderful run over two decades. And I have no doubt that Glen’s and Dean’s hejiras toward truth and beauty continue elsewhere as much as mine does here, likewise.

Very special thanks to Elana Hope Aaserud for finding and sharing this special moment of being–Dean’s gift of self beyond time. Trust Dean-o to speak to her, me, and us from another, transcendent, spiritual dimension. Remarkably, Daddio is still happy, intact and with us this Christmas–giving of himself as always.

(1st posted in Dec. 2013)

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Washington Post’s New Trump Fact-Checking Category

Since Trump is well over 6,000 lies since being elected, The Post came up with a new category they call The Bottomless Pinocchio.

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Another Reason to Shop @ London Drugs

Their intercom music includes a spirited “Baby It’s Cold Outside”.

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The Guardians in the War on Truth

are, of course journalists, and TIME magazine’s Person of the Year. First time the mag has awarded the honour to dead persons and second time to a group. Well-done. Long one of the most dangerous jobs in the world finally recognized in/by the media itself.

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Snowflake Generation, Part 112

Ontario girl, 9 phones the OPP (police) to turn in her mother for telling her to clean her room. Right out of Orwell’s 1984 with kids turning in their parents to Big Brother.

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Quotables: The Wisdom of Graham Greene

(Orson Welles as Harry Lime in The Third Man; see last quote in list)

Famous 20th century English novelist (1904-1991). Author of The Power and the Glory, The Heart of the Matter, The Third Man, A Burnt-Out Case, The Comedians, Our Man in Havana, Brighton Rock, The Quiet American, The End of the Affair, The Ministry of Fear, Monsignor Quixote, The Confidential Agent, The Honorary Consul, The Human Factor, A Gun for Sale, and many other books.

There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.

It is impossible to go through life without trust: that is to be imprisoned in the worst cell of all, oneself.

When we are not sure, we are most alone.

No human being can really understand another, and no one can arrange another’s happiness.

The world doesn’t make heroes anymore.

Heresy is only another word for freedom of thought.

Failure too is a form of death.

Reality in our century is not something to be faced.

It’s a good world if you don’t weaken.

Man is made by the places in which he lives.

Sooner or later… one has to take sides– if one is to remain human.

In a mad world it always seems simpler to obey.

Our worst enemies here are not the ignorant and the simple, however cruel; our worst enemies are the intelligent and corrupt.

There is a virtue in slowness, which we have lost.

As long as nothing happens anything is possible.

Hate is a lack of imagination.

Most things disappoint till you look deeper.

Death was far more certain than God.

In the end there is no desire so deep as the simple desire for companionship.

In Italy, for 30 years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love, they had 500 years of democracy and peace–and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.

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December: A Time to Reflect

None is richer than he who simply has peace of mind.
–Maj Wambebe

The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.
–Eden Phillipotts

You cannot perceive beauty but with a serene mind.
–Henry David Thoreau

If one’s life is simple, contentment is to come.
–Dalai Lama

In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.

There is enchantment right in front of you, waiting for you to notice.
–Janet Luhrs

The quieter you become the more you can hear.
–Ram Dass

Gratitude is a soil on which joy thrives.
Berthold Auerbach

Every man’s memory is his private literature.
–Aldous Huxley

Study nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.
–Frank Lloyd Wright

There are always flowers for those who want to see them.
–Henri Matisse

Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.
–Franz Kafka

Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.
–Ralph Waldo Emerson

Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live.
–Dorothy Thompson

In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.
–Albert Camus

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