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#1 Posted : Thursday, December 24, 2009 2:27:41 AM
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Happy Winter.  The kids love their grandparents, the grandparents love the kids, we have a place to go and food to eat and a little to spare for presents.  I was able to find American-made board games for the kids, and they're only getting one stupid mucking movie between them.  My community back home put up a local angel tree, and they've started selling organic semi-free-range eggs for $2 a dozen at the real-estate office.  I see hope for beginning to build an interdependent, self-reliant community-- or for me beginning to participate in one getting off the ground.  There are many reasons to be merry.

#2 Posted : Saturday, December 26, 2009 12:18:50 AM
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I am basically a humbug-type.  Xmas always feels so contrived to me.  And what feels like a epidemic of seasonal insincerity just makes me squirm. 

Having said that, I have had a few nice Xmas's not the least of which is this one.  I have been married to an angel for over 40 years.  She is lovely, gorgeous, happy and healthy.  Sal makes my life bright where it might otherwise have been bleak.  I am extremely grateful and I have always been so. 

But, of course, I take her parents for granted.  They are, after all, the inlaws.  And they are in their mid 80's now.  This year (and over the last few years) I have come to appreciate them much, much more.  They were green before I knew how to spell it.  They lived minimally and simply and 'good' when I was thinking of Corvettes and remote control TVs.  They had a garden and composted before I knew we could grow things in the backyard.  These people were and are - in some ways - ahead of their time.  Pretty remarkable.  A very good present only recently fully appreciated.  

#3 Posted : Saturday, December 26, 2009 1:49:46 AM
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Lets see... Didnt wanna bother with christmas tree buisness this year so I gave away free trees. Didnt help recession much but I enjoyed it and had fun watching folks pick out trees without worring about cost.

Yep, NY STATE has a white christmas. Stll hope to biuld myself a mcro cabin in my land in chenango county. Been a dream and newyears resolution for quite some time. Gonna do it this year!

Merry Christmas Eeryone! and a Healthy Happy New Year!

John Stiles
#4 Posted : Saturday, December 26, 2009 1:49:46 AM
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and a Happy New Year.

I'd like this topic to be about those special presents that someone really appreciates or acts of kindness or visits from folks or other positive topics.

As in, "This year our son is in college and we are finally using the potted and pruned Balsam we planted years ago. The big trees were nice but now we are starting our winter projects a month earlier, because we have the space to work."

or, " Here in upstate NY it's a white Christmas."

maybe, " Even with money much tighter this year for our family we are finding joy and comfort."

Get the idea? All "negative" posts; please start your own topic. I promise I'll comment there.

then, John

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