Christmas 2016

It’s that time of year again!

Another doozy of a year under our belts. (Ahem. Slight understatement here. Whoa.)

I have very little to say, truth to tell. At least, very little in the “seasonal” spirit, shall we say.

It somehow just doesn’t seem like the “right” time to be talking about the climate chaos roadshow … does it?

I’ve dug around in the archives, so to speak, & uncovered some Christmas-y postings from the past. (Heck, I’ve been writing about Christmas for years & years now. A person has gotta be able to “recycle” old stuff once in a while, no??)

Here are some old postings from the ghosts of Christmas past … as it were. We are all haunted by those ghosts … are we not??

** apologies about this nasty links-not-working issue that I am unable to repair. Internal links on the "old" blog site (i.e. links to other postings internally) do not work anymore. Links to external places still do. Thank goodness for that, at least!? &, if you're a real glutton for punishment, you can find all the "old" stuff in the old section of the blog. I think it's all still there in the 'Archive: Past Writings' section??

Janet

p.s. in the spirit of the 2013 posting about giving, let me just say I still really recommend charitable giving. The people of Syria, the people of sooooo many countries – really need our help! I like (& support) the work of Oxfam & Doctors without Borders. Also, Amnesty International. Also, local food banks. Also, groups that help the children of Chernobyl & Fukushima, suffering the fallout that will be forever for those many millions of people unfortunate enough to be nearby when all that radioactive crap hit the fan. There are so many good groups to choose from ... I'm sure you'll think of many others equally deserving! (e.g. help for people in the many countries suffering climate disasters. The list of those needing help is pretty much endless. Please be generous!)

p.p.s. 'Quotations of the day' used with this post:

“Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.” – from the Talmud

"I propose assaulting ourselves and others with compassion. I recommend heavy doses of creativity and courage. I advise doing something well beyond the cultural current of the main stream. At this point, what have you got to lose? Indeed, what have we got to lose?” – Guy McPherson in 'Going Dark'

“Telling the truth is like making oxygen.” – Joanna Macy (in Toronto, June 19, 2009)

“Life engenders life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.” ~ Sarah Bernhardt, actress (1844-1923)

“We know what a person thinks not when he tells us what he thinks, but by his actions.” – Isaac Bashevis Singer

“The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.” – Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf

“I do not want to talk about what you understand about this world. I want to know what you will do about it. I do not want to know what you hope. I want to know what you will work for. I do not want your sympathy for the needs of humanity. I want your muscle.” ~ Robert Fulghum