Monthly Archives: December 2011

It has been a year.

This was … a year.  Not much else to say about it.  Although it had its less-than-stellar moments, the first quarter was mostly filled with excitement and hope; although not everything was horrible, the last was filled with illness and … Continue reading

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Pout

Why is Sondheim: The Birthday Celebration from 2010 not on CD?  I can’t watch it in the car or when I am doing something else.

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I am currently reading  Look I Made a Hat, by Stephen Sondheim. It is the second volume of an annotated collection of his lyrics; this volume covers 1985 to the present, and includes not only Broadway shows but pieces written … Continue reading

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Symbolism?

Fulton Street in Palo Alto does things fancy for the holidays: much like Willow Glen in San Jose, every house is decorated, many of them extravagantly. Each house has its own small Christmas tree at curbside bedecked with familiar oval … Continue reading

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YKIOK

On Friday, the Resident Shrink, the Rocket Scientist and I went to see A Dangerous Method, starring Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley and Viggo Mortensen in an account of the relationship between Carl Jung and a young woman who was his … Continue reading

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The ghost of Christmas recently passed

It was a good Christmas, more or less.  I spent most of the day in my room with a migraine (courtesy of the woman in front of me at church with the perfume containing bergamot oil) and I tripped and … Continue reading

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For anyone confused about the religious and social dynamic that caused me to think of killing myself in the incident recounted in this post, read John Shore’s “Pastor to Rape Victim: He should have killed you. At least you’d have … Continue reading

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Tradition

We live in a multi-cultural household.  This year Christmas falls in the middle of Hanukkah. The Resident Shrink’s menorah sits on the entertainment center next to the decorated Christmas tree. Two nights ago, she made latkes for us, as she … Continue reading

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Note to self

Pat, dear: It is always possible to add more ground chipotle pepper to the stuffing if you want to later.  It is  much harder to recover from accidentally doubling the chipotle in the first place. The rum added to the … Continue reading

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Peace on earth, good will toward men

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and … Continue reading

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Alternative holiday decorations

Tonight the entire household – including a friend that the Not-So-Little Drummer boy brought home from college with him — did our annual tour of Christmas lights. We were heading down streets in the Willow Glen area of San Jose, … Continue reading

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Protect the Internet

I’m tired tonight, but this is important. If you don’t know what the Stop Online Piracy Act (in the House of Representatives) is, or the Protect ID Act (in the Senate), read this article from the Stanford Law Review.  I … Continue reading

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It’s break. You’re bored. You’ve had too much eggnog…

You need a diversion.  Check out the “History of English in Ten Minutes.”  It will take closer to fifteen to work your way through it, given buffering and everything, but it’s well worth the time. And, more generally, check out … Continue reading

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Dear Josh Groban…

I love your Christmas music.  Your voice seems tailored to fit well with traditional religious carols.  However, when you changed the words to “What Child Is This?” you not only lost the theological meaning, you lost much of the human … Continue reading

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Not fair.

I got my flu shot yesterday when I went into the doctor to get the results of my foot x-ray.  They gave me a paper with the list of possible side effects, but the nurse said I was unlikely to … Continue reading

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