To be honest, I think that Christmas Day is the worst part of the season. At least it always was when we lived in the United States. There’s too much wrapped up in materialism. Katie and I both grew up with way too much judgment about how we were living our lives landing on us. […]
For many years my Christmas Eve tradition was to go have a big steak dinner after work, then drive around and look at lights. It’s a marked contrast to my life here on Christmas Even 2018. Let me break it down for you. In the corporate world, I don’t remember a year when I didn’t […]
In this episode, Katie and Berin talk about their fifth Christmas in Finland. They discuss ham, chocolate, and snow. Katie’s already gotten what she wants for Christmas, and Berin is just looking forward to a couple of weeks of peace and quiet.
We made it. The Long Dark’s not over, but at this point the days will start getting longer again. The quality of the light will improve as well, as the sun will move higher in the sky rather than skirting around the horizon. Happy Solstice 2018! I’m pleased to say that this has been the […]
This time of year is conducive to reflection and introspection. As I’m sitting here now, mellow Christmas music is playing. Big fat snowflakes are gently falling outside my window. It’s practically meditative. In the quiet, peaceful atmosphere the holidays can provide, it’s time to set the tone for the coming year. I want to find […]
My list of blog post ideas says that I’m supposed to write about unfinished business of 2018 today. Things that didn’t get done, haven’t reached a satisfactory conclusion, or at least didn’t progress as far as I’d like them to. Prior to consulting that list, though, I came up with the idea of writing about […]
For the next Presidential election cycle, I propose that one of the debates be a spelling bee. Instead of the moderator asking a question, they give one candidate a word to spell. If they spell it incorrectly, the other candidate gets a chance to spell the word. Then they get a new word to spell, […]