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New Year 2018…

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The weather is nasty in much of the country,  including my corner of it,  so I plan to celebrate New Year’s at home in my sweats and warm slippers.   Assuming the power stays on despite the high demand for heat,  I may do some big-batch cooking.   I know I’ll be making dozens of trips to let BiG Girl in and out,  because she has a very thick winter coat and considers anything below freezing to be very comfortable weather.  In a decade I have never seen her actually behave as if she were cold.   Apparently if she becomes chilled,  she just runs up and down a fence line for a few minutes and then lies in the snow,  which melts on contact when she hits it

There is not enough money in the universe to send me to times Square for New Year’s Eve.   It was bad enough many years ago, but now I regard it as one of Dante’s rings  of Hell  to which I would not subject myself.

There are  plenty of  other ways to reflect on the end of 2017,  thoughtfully listed by the Corner’s Debby Witt.   There are also  many other  New Year’s traditions.   Now I don’t personally know people who totally fit these profiles,  but there are some who come pretty close.   What about you?

Australia has already started the celebrations  with spectacular  fireworks displays,  as usual,  and I’ll add more as updates if I run across them.   There is a great shot of one of the  fireworks barges  blowing up accidentally — oops!

If you live in California,  I’m afraid Gov. Moonbeam and his progressive pack of fools are offering you only disaster,  no joy.   Have a look at these six laws  which go into effect in the state on New Year’s Day.   They are insane and a prime example of the jack-booted thuggery progressives display when they are in charge.   Is it any wonder California had the most UFO sightings  last year?

Whether you are a Trump supporter or Trump-hater,  you have to admire his thumping of the Democrats and the Obama economy in  year-end tweets.   The general public apparently  isn’t listening  to the Democratic doomsayers as closely as it once did….

UPDATE:  I forgot to include Debby Witt’s always entertaining collection of links  involving the day.

Watch out tonight for a the  largest full  moon of 2018.









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January 1, 2018 at 2:19 pm

Let’s be April foolish…

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Debby Witt at The Corner does her standard excellent job at ferreting out tidbits about  April Fool’s Day and the customs surrounding it.


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April 1, 2017 at 11:36 am

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Global Christmas 2015…

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Here is what Christmas dinner  looks like  in 13 different countries.   I’d be very happy eating any and all of it!   I’m less enthusiastic about some of these dishes.   Here are some  rather strange  Christmas customs around the world,  though I heartily endorse this  family’s new  tradition.   You may be familiar with some  of these  traditions,  but probably  not this one.   I think I’d be fairly comfortable with  a British  Christmas.

For amusement,  take a gander at these very  odd nativity  sets,  courtesy of Debby Witt at The Corner.   Do you know  where Rudolph  came from,  or when Santa became  associated with  the North Pole?   I just saw the classic Hershey’s Kisses ad,  so I  dug this  up for you.

Did you know there  are monsters  associated with Christmas?   I had heard of Krampus and Frau Perchta,  but none of the others.   Another type of monsters,  the Nazis,  put a  different spin  on Christmas.

If your family is fond of perennial jokes about Aunt Martha’s hard-as-a-brick fruitcake,  these facts  may cause you to have some respect for this ancient treat.   No food?   What about some Christmas  animals and plants?   Poinsettias aren’t  as dangerous  as you you’ve been told,  and mistletoe is  more unsavory  than you know.    The USA isn’t the only country which insists on having  pets join in the festivities.

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December 25, 2015 at 10:15 am

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Oklahoma slammed again…

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Another powerful  storm has  battered the U.S.,   hitting Oklahoma again.   The dead  included some storm chasers.   Our Canadian neighbors have sent emergency supplies for the stricken,  but our beneficent,  efficient federal government has thrown a bureaucratic monkey  wrench into the gears of the effort.

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June 3, 2013 at 9:15 am

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