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Some Foreseeable “Seeables”

Do you feel relieved or depressed this morning? A mixture of both emotions is settling across the U.S. today. All that buildup of Christmas, and now you either took the tree down or pulled it out the door. Or… it has to be done! The foreseeability of after-Christmas emotion.

Here’s a starter picture for Our Blog on foreseeability:

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If someone runs through the zoo and hollers, “The lions are loose. The lions are loose”. There might be some foreseeable reaction. Sure, it could get a laugh. Or, if the “warning” is believable, it could cause a stampede toward the exits. If it was a joke of a warning and someone trips and hurts themselves… the question of foreseeability probably becomes an issue in a lawsuit. Right?

I find myself already thinking about my goals for 2018. I intend to write a blog on it. I guess that’s what has made me think about foreseeability. Where will I find myself in a year?

Years ago, a well known absent-minded professor was looking for a ride, to take him to his next speaking engagement. He waved down a taxi and jumped in. The driver began hurriedly driving away from the curb. A thought then dawned on the scientist and he leaned forward and asked the driver, “Hey, do you know where I want to go?” “No, Sir” the driver shouted back, “but I’m driving as fast as I can!”.

I pause to realize how easy it is to just be in a hurry. The foreseeable future literally means “the before you are able to see”. So the importance of what I do right now, before I can see what will happen… can impact what will happen. Does that feel like a palindrome? (words or phrases that read forwards and backwards. like radar, kayak. This one really gets me: Madam, I’m Adam. )

What I do know is that Our Blog will continue, and it will continue with me regularly wandering… just like that last paragraph. That’s foreseeable! But I also want goals for the new year, so that I am not just going to see what happens… but that I arrive where I intend.  And so the thinking continues!

And for pic o’ day, how about how a kid might explain being in a hurry?

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Right Into Christmas

If you told me that it has only been six months since Christmas 2016, I would believe you. Although, thankfully it has been a year, because I am on a cookie binge right now and cannot stop. And I need another year for cookie recovery!

Why do I keep hearing Burl Ives singing in my ears, “Have a holly jolly Christmas, it’s the best time of the year”? Seriously, Christmas is here! As I was wandering around the office trying to sing like ole Burl, Michael Glass told me that I was avuncular. I’m not sure exactly what that means but I think it’s something like cattywampus… or something like that!

In reality, I feel more like spizzerinctum. I’ve been told that it means “grasshoppers on roller skates going down hill” So yes… I feel more like that than avuncular. I think?

For now, enough of my Christmas wandering. I could go on with nonsense all day. But first, this belongs in Our Blog… right?

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I was looking for Christmas pictures to post and invariably always stumbled on those crazy family pictures for Christmas cards. There are so many crazy ones but this one made me look again!

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Now just a quick thought to make it a real blog. We had our last attorney meeting of the year. I asked each attorney to discuss what they wanted to do better in the new year. As I listened to each of their goals, they all related to doing better for their clients. I could be more specific, but I want to keep this brief.

Wouldn’t it be a wonderful Christmas gift to each other, if this time of year helped us to be more mindful and more thoughtful of each other.

I am thankful for Christmas, and for the true Christmas story. I so wish you a wonderful and happy Merry Christmas!

 

Let’s Talk Holiday

I wanted to start the blog out with wishing you a Merry Christmas, since I feel that advertisers have been doing that since September. When is it fashionable to begin wishing friends a Happy Easter. I say sometime around December 10.

First, a word on shopping, because it feels like a shopping craze is all around me. And as a side note, how did all these stores get my email? Seriously, I cannot read my emails because I have too many shopping emails. What happened?

Anyway, In keeping with my apparent complaining about being bombarded with shopping news, here is some news that I wouldn’t even know how to comment on, if I even did. I guess this qualifies as shopping news?

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To make the blog worthwhile, here is an article from USA Today titled 5 security mistakes you’re probably making. I  am posting it as an attachment because I know you will read it… if you have the time.

And by the way… I want to wish you a Merry Christmas. (Yes, I am getting carried away)

And for pic o’ day, now we are getting down to business on the shopping. Right?

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Newton Not Fig

One Christmas birthday that caught my eye was Sir Issac Newton, born December 25, 1642. He is widely recognized as one of the greatest scientists in history. (His wikipedia)  He basically discovered the law of motion, the law of optics and then “invented”calculus. All before turning 26.

I can’t fully summarize all that he did in a blog, but a few additional contributions to science included building the first practical reflecting telescope, and developing a theory of colors.

Albert Einstein looked to him as his great inspiration and kept a picture of him in his study. As a kid in school, I heard his name because the story goes that young Newton was sitting under a tree when an apple fell on his head, causing him to “discover” the law of gravity.

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A good story, but probably more folklore than reality; like Washington cutting down the cherry tree.

I have always been fascinated by Newton because he is a great response to those who would argue that belief in God is an absence of an understanding of Science. When I saw his birthday listed, it caused me to read a bit about him.

Some of his quotes include:

The most beautiful system of the sun, plantets and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being.

In the absence of any other proof, the thumb alone would convince me of God’s existence.

I have a fundamental belief in the Bible as the Word of God, written by those who were inspired. I study the Bible daily. 

Newton was an amazing man! And a Christmas birthday in history.

 

And for pic o’ day, I am posting a picture that Steve posted on his Facebook. His dad gave him his very own bobblehead for Christmas. And I laughed out loud because of his post!
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Christmas Thoughts

I am now headed into the vortex of Christmas travel. So, I wanted to especially wish you a Merry Christmas. I hope you get to sit down and take some time for yourself

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And that you feel the joy of this season and the many blessings of a real Christmas!

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth,
good-will to men!

~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

And then after Christmas… for our pic o’ day!

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No Christmas at the Pilgrim’s House

How did the Pilgrims celebrate their first Christmas? Here’s a clue: The Puritans were against the singing of Christmas Carols.

Why? Because the Pilgrims were strict Puritans with religious views against holidays like Christmas and Easter. They found no Biblical justification for celebrating Christmas and associated such celebrations with pagan holidays. In fact, they dubbed Christmas “Foolstide” and went out of their way to work in the fields like any other day.

Here’s an article titled When Americans Banned Christmas, that discusses why they felt that the origin of Christmas was really from the pagan holiday of Mithra, which was an ancient Rome celebration for its sun god. In addition, the Puritans were incensed that some specific date like December 25 was assigned as a celebration of Baby Jesus, when they believed that his birth was probably closer to a September date.

The Puritans continual stand against Christmas never relented (Wikipedia) It is historically noted that Governor William Bradford took the following action:

On the day called Christmas Day, the Governor called [the settlers] out to work as was usual. However, the most of this new company excused themselves and said it went against their consciences to work on that day. So the Governor told them that if they made it [a] matter of conscience, he would spare them till they were better informed; so he led away the rest and left them.

It wasn’t until the 1800’s that Christmas was celebrated. In 1823, Alabama became the first state to declare Christmas a holiday. In 1870, President Ulysses S. Grant declared it a federal holiday. Sometime thereafter, Target and Walmart had their first Christmas sale… Boom!

And for pic o’ day, another that I post each year and I still laugh when I see it:

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Bear and Lion Choices

Who’s to say? I ask myself, “Why is that bear waving?”. It must be holiday cheer. Right?
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But how can you argue with a lion bearing gifts?

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By now, you have gathered that I am a bit holiday distracted. So, I just post holiday pic o’s. Plus, I’ve been told by a few that “we have little time to read the blog right now”, so I give little time for little time reading!

 

But for pic o’ day, I post one of the annual postings by request:

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In the Tweeners!

Right now we are in that in-between time. Maybe there are still piles to put away at the house, but at least the roads are easier to travel in the morning traffic.

And during this time of year, we still don’t have to think about the new year because we have this cushion couple of days. That causes me to reach for some old faithful pic o’s to get us thinking about our resolutions.

First, it’s this time of year that I start to think about the coming year… and whether it will be quite the ride! How to get ready?

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Second, I want to make sure that I have good planning for the coming year…. so next year’s resolutions are different from this year!

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And finally, in this tweener time of year, I thought I would throw in another snow picture that I took from the house…last year. I just can’t believe what the weather has been. Of course, my resolutions aren’t going to change that. But this pic o’ always makes me feel cooler.

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A Charlie Brown Christmas Reminder

     Our Daily Bread (ODB.org) reminded me that its the 50th anniversary of A Charlie Brown Christmas. It made its debut on CBS on December 9, 1965, In the special, Charlie Brown is depressed over the commercialism of Christmas.  Lucy suggests that he direct a Christmas play to discover the true meaning of Christmas.

Some TV executives wanted Charles Schultz to omit the Christmas story, but he insisted on putting it in. Others felt that it wouldn’t matter because no one would watch the cartoon anyway.

In the cartoon, character Linus recites the true meaning of Christmas by quoting Luke 2:8-14, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Saviour which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”

After quoting the entire passage, Linus turns to Charlie Brown and says, “That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown”.

The show was an immediate success. It was rewarded with high viewership ratings and acclaim from critics. It has been honored with both an Emmy and Peabody Award and it is still shown annually during the Christmas season. The soundtrack for the cartoon went triple platinum. During this time of year I still regularly hear songs from the soundtrack.

Laws can be enacted to remove the Nativity scene from government land and some people can make a concerted effort to only wish a Happy Holiday. Despite all that, 50 years of Charlie Brown still tells us on network television the true meaning of Christmas. No law has stopped that.

And for pic o’ day… maybe too much of a Christmas gift?

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