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Bio: 75 year old theater critic and veteran of Holidailies. Happy December, all!

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Brasil !! Posted on Dec 31, 2020, 11:12 pm
Watching gay men on TV these days is definitely different than it was 30 years ago!

Egg Nog Gala Posted on Dec 22, 2020, 12:12 pm
how to fill a day that contains a marathon "Outlander" broadcast.

We're Screwed Posted on Dec 31, 2019, 6:12 pm
In the morning it will be the first day of the year of the rat.

And so it ends Posted on Dec 31, 2019, 1:12 am
The cockles of my heart are very warm tonight, hearing his memories of his month here and what a difference his stay here made in his life.

Verklempt Posted on Dec 30, 2019, 1:12 pm
"Verklempt" is the best word to describe how I feel about our Christmas celebration, which is now over.

Sunday Stealing Posted on Dec 29, 2019, 7:12 am
This is a list of things I look back on at the end of each year.

Saturday 9 Posted on Dec 28, 2019, 3:12 am
Our big Christmas dinner is today, since we couldn't gather everyone together until now, so my going-to-sleep and waking-up thoughts have all been about the things that need to get done for the dinner.

Taco Tuesday Posted on Dec 25, 2019, 3:12 am
we drove out to see Derrick Bang's house, which almost always wins the prize for best decorated in Davis, for obvious reasons..

Candy and Crumbs Posted on Dec 24, 2019, 2:12 am
by the end of all my shopping, I had a $100.67 bag full of See's chocolates.

The Ghost of Christmas Past Posted on Dec 22, 2019, 9:12 pm
God did not smite us for that skit, but it certainly was one of the more hilarious nativities anyone has ever seen.

Sunday Stealing Posted on Dec 21, 2019, 7:12 pm
Brasilians are very "huggy" people we we learned hugging from Brasilians. I am "huggier" with some than with others, but basically I am very huggy person.

Saturday 9 Posted on Dec 20, 2019, 7:12 pm
The other big hit was the fart machine Ned gave to each of the girls.

Santa's Coming to Town Posted on Dec 20, 2019, 1:12 pm
It was such a traumatic moment, I guess, that I can still picture where we were standing and what my sister was doing at the time.

Impeachment Posted on Dec 19, 2019, 2:12 pm
It did get interesting when one Republican said that Jesus got better treatment under Pontius Pilot than Trump got under the Democrats. I guess I missed the crown of thorns and the crucifixion part.

Prettiest Tree Ever Posted on Dec 19, 2019, 12:12 pm
One Christmas, after several years of hosting foreign students, I made a whole set of ornaments, each with a picture of one of our students.

Chop Chop Posted on Dec 16, 2019, 9:12 pm
I have to admit to getting sentimentally weepy as I watched him and listened to Bing for many?...times. Remembering all those trees and all those nights of decorating.

Meanwhile Posted on Dec 16, 2019, 2:12 am
It is 10 days to Christmas and we are so close that I know we will be ready when everyone shows up, especially since our Christmas won't be until December 28.

Saturday 9 Posted on Dec 14, 2019, 1:12 pm
the first card we got was from thanking us for our patronage.

The Nu Nu Lights Posted on Dec 13, 2019, 11:12 am
One year he draped, decoratively, he thought, them across the bushes in front of the house. Paul commented like it looked like he was spelling "nu nu." Ever after, we referred to our decorating as "the nu nu lights."

The Family Meal Posted on Dec 11, 2019, 9:12 pm
When David grabbed the bottle and hit Paul, Sandra, who was NOT used to it and who didn't speak enough English to know that it was all just an act, just about had a heart attack.

That Darn Christmas Letter Posted on Dec 10, 2019, 7:12 pm
I never could understand why people were so vocal, and sometimes downright vicious, about Christmas letters. Heck, if you don't like them, don't read them.

A Christmas Carol, etc. Posted on Dec 9, 2019, 7:12 pm
In the group are Pujol and Marcio from Brasil, Ndangi from Zaire and Felix from Yugoslavia. Ned is missing from this photo because he was in Brasil that year.

Fa la la la la Posted on Dec 9, 2019, 2:12 am
Somehow it doesn't seem right to put an ornament on the tree without Bing singing Jingle Bells in the background!

Saturday 9 Posted on Dec 6, 2019, 7:12 pm
The sport I most enjoy playing is the walk from my office to the kitchen and back again.

Away in a Manger Posted on Dec 5, 2019, 8:12 pm
The angel on top is holding a sign which says "Gloria in excelsis," and at some point Jeri decided that must mean that her name is "Gloria," so we have always called her Gloria.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town Posted on Dec 4, 2019, 9:12 pm
Loving parents become downright cruel at Christmas time. We take our children and plop them in the lap of some weirdly dressed stranger and then expect them to smile for a photo.

National Cookie day Posted on Dec 4, 2019, 12:12 pm
Christmas cookies have been a part of my life my whole life.

The Nutcracker Posted on Dec 2, 2019, 7:12 pm
The Nutcracker is the story of a huge part of our family history.

The Train Picture Posted on Dec 1, 2019, 8:12 pm
One of my favorite Christmas traditions was Christmas eve, when we lined the kids up and took what we called the "train picture." It's fun to look at them, one after the other, especially when the kids got older and we talked our foreign students into joining the train.

Sunday Stealing Posted on Dec 1, 2019, 12:12 pm
I've been going through old photos and am going to be posting photos from Christmases past through the month of December.

Books or 2018 Posted on Jan 1, 2019, 3:01 pm
"Great American Reads" was an interesting experiment and nice to see so many people reading and discussing books, though when the show was announced I knew that "To Kill a Mockingbird" would be the winner--and it was. Apparently it never moved out of first place in the entire year of voting!

Start the New Year Right Posted on Dec 30, 2018, 5:12 pm
I envision a factory somewhere with a bunch of Oompa Loompas waddling around stamping out perfect blonde young things with perfect breasts and perfect hair and perfect teeth and perfect noses and then turning them out into the world.

Sunday Stealing Posted on Dec 29, 2018, 7:12 pm
I once read that Aquarians are the kind of people who never quite close drawers all the way. That so fits me! I am disorganized and messy....stereotypical Aquarian.

Saturday 9 Posted on Dec 29, 2018, 3:12 pm
...Yesterday, when they told me, after a 30 minute procedure and an hour waiting for lab results, that I am cancer free.

Cancer Free Posted on Dec 29, 2018, 3:12 pm
It's over and I am cancer free! It didn't take 9 hours. And while I didn't get ice cream, I did get a vanilla malt.

Butterflies Posted on Dec 27, 2018, 6:12 pm
It's 70 years later and I'm about to have my second surgery.

MAGA Posted on Dec 26, 2018, 9:12 pm
we have killed two children under the age of 10 for Christmas. The president says the democrats are milking these stories for political purposes. (The last child who died had to be driven ONE HOUR to a hospital when they finally decided that maybe a 103 fever should have medical attention. On Christmas Eve.)

Dreaming of a Weird Christmas Posted on Dec 25, 2018, 8:12 pm
I was glad not to have to share Tom's pain when the dog ate their prime rib roast before he had a chance to cook it.

Sarcastic Ghosts Posted on Dec 24, 2018, 3:12 pm
I told them that the blatant sarcasm was not lost on me!!!

Sunday Stealing Posted on Dec 23, 2018, 12:12 pm
This isn't stolen from anywhere in particular, but it is a questionnaire I have tried to answer each year....maybe it originated with Sunday Stealing; I don't know. But maybe you'd like to look back on 2018 as well.

Saturday 9 Posted on Dec 22, 2018, 2:12 pm
If you ever get a chance to see David Sedaris' Santaland Diaries, it's worth seeing and very funny.

Stacks of Letters Posted on Dec 22, 2018, 3:12 am
Of course, with the speed between letters having shortened considerably, this means that letters pile up a lot faster. It is not unusual to receive 3-5 letters a day, a few times a week. If I don't sit down and answer them right away, they can easily get buried.

Going It Alone Posted on Dec 21, 2018, 4:12 pm
The letter was a thing of beauty and a couple of people told me it was the best resignation letter they had ever read (not the "f-you" letter I was going to write).

Singing Choruses in Public Posted on Dec 19, 2018, 8:12 pm
The house was rather nondescript. Nothing outside to indicate what was behind the doors and I remember how "naughty" I felt going and mingling with those "bad girls." Oh how naive we were in those days!

Pumpkin Pie for Breakfast Posted on Dec 17, 2018, 6:12 pm
One reason to have a full Christmas dinner on the 17th of the month is so that you'll have pumpkin pie for breakfast on the 18th.

A Successful Christmas Posted on Dec 17, 2018, 2:12 am
I think it's fair to say that the two most popular things in this house all weekend were the fart machines Ned gave each of the girls, and my walker.

Sunday Stealing Posted on Dec 16, 2018, 10:12 am
I grew up in San Francisco and lived in Berkeley for several years. I've seen it all!

Saturday 9 Posted on Dec 15, 2018, 3:12 am
Good news -- Walt's catheter is out, for the first time since June. We are holding our breath and hoping that he is finally DONE with the damn thing.

Christmas--the good, the bad, and the ugly Posted on Dec 14, 2018, 2:12 am
This seven year old girl died 10 hours after being separated from her father at the border. She died of dehydration and septic shock. Dehydration. They never gave her a glass of water after she had been walking through the desert with her father, escaping terrible conditions in her home country, hoping for asylum. Seven years old. My granddaughter is seven years old.

My Kitchen Museum Posted on Dec 13, 2018, 2:12 am
I remember the fondue years. I think our first meal in our first apartment was fondue. We would have fondue parties, dipping huge chunks of sourdough bread into bubbling cheese at about a zillion calories a bite. Those were the days.

Giving Up Baking Posted on Dec 12, 2018, 6:12 am
I have been a good baker all my life. Heck, I even worked in a bakery for awhile. At Christmas I often made dozens of different kinds of cookies now I can't even make simple ones. I may have to hang up my cookie sheet.

Aunt Sam Posted on Dec 11, 2018, 3:12 am
She was probably the only woman known to God and man in those days who lived in a city the size of Stockton and kept a pig in the house as a pet. Her precious pig was bathed, powdered, often dressed and taken for a stroll, with leash attached, down the streets of Stockton.

Misty Water-colored memories Posted on Dec 10, 2018, 2:12 am
When I got my first camera, at age 10, ...I remember so strongly telling myself that the camera would help me "save memories." Having gone through so many photos in the last 3 days, which doesn't begin to make a dent in how many we did NOT go through, makes me realize that I succeeded beyond my wildest dreams.

Sunday Stealing Posted on Dec 8, 2018, 8:12 pm
which mythical creature would you transform into if you could? The Loch Ness Monster, so I could find out where he goes when nobody can see him/her.

Saturday 9 Posted on Dec 8, 2018, 12:12 pm
An interesting thing about Peggy King. She never made it big because she looked and sounded too much like Judy Garland (though not in this particular recording)

O Tannenbaum Posted on Dec 7, 2018, 8:12 am
By 1982, we were regularly hosting foreign students and that year we had two expected to be with us for Christmas -- Ndangi from (then) Zaire and Chieko from Japan. I think they were a little confused by the whole cutting the tree thing, but came to observe these crazy American customs.

Old Photos Posted on Dec 5, 2018, 7:12 pm
There was one of the nicest photos I've seen of my father in his later years. It would be just a few weeks later that my mother would let him know that she was leaving him.

It's Over Posted on Dec 5, 2018, 12:12 pm
It was less festive in the "ambulatory surgery" department, where little clumps of people waited -- the person getting surgery and the loved ones who accompanied them.

Austen Syndrome Posted on Dec 4, 2018, 1:12 am
At intermission I texted Walt: "I'm suffering Austen syndrome. Have sent Jeri for coffee." ...I'm the one who has never been able to finish anything by Jane Austen and uses the movie of "Pride and Prejudice" to put me to sleep when I have insomnia.

Bing Crosby's Christmas Posted on Dec 2, 2018, 9:12 pm
That year all the kids made "ornaments" like this which I encased in plastic but this one seems to be the only one that has survived. I was always sad to lose Ned's "Jesus doing a front dive" ornament (those were the diving years!)

Sunday Stealing Posted on Dec 1, 2018, 9:12 pm
Another weekly set of questions, this one with a great photo of the 1714 cathedral on Khizi Island in Russia.

Saturday 9 Posted on Dec 1, 2018, 2:12 am
The weekly set of questions, this time based on the music of Chris Montez




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