Posts Tagged With: Merry Christmas!

Day 2185: Taking note

On this Christmas Day, I’m taking note of  people I love.

On Christmas Eve, my son Aaron’s cousin, Victoria, took note of Aaron’s habit of taking notes about what he finds interesting and funny, turning those notes into stand-up comedy routines.  Take note of two of the gifts Victoria gave Aaron:




There’s Aaron, taking notes with the enormous pencil and tiny notebook that Victoria gave him. As usual, I’m wondering  about what notes he’s taking. I’m  taking note that people who love Aaron also gave him a scarf and “Leonardo da Vinci” by my classmate Walter Isaacson.

It’s time for taking note of the love  and joy in my other photos from Christmas Eve.






Because people I love are taking note that it’s time to recycle or die, our Yankee Swap last night was environmentally conscious. Take note of Victoria’s email to us about this:

This year it will be an environmentally conscious swap!

What this means is: 1. Gifts have to have some sort of positive impact on the environment 2. Gifts must be able to be used by everyone in some capacity 3. There is a $25 limit

As we all know the state of our climate is going downhill fast, so this is a good way to make a positive impact this Christmas.

Some examples of gifts are: reusable shopping bags, reusable produce bags, metal/paper straws, locally sourced honey, composting kits, non plastic wrap covers for leftovers, fair trade chocolate, etc.

I’m taking note, here and now, of all the environmentally conscious chocolate I got last night in the swap.


I’m also taking note of the notes on the socks I wore last night:


Now it’s time for taking note of how to play the notes of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” on a keyboard.

I wish you a Merry Christmas!

Love and joy,


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Day 1820: Merry

Merry is a  word so rare

One that people seldom share.

Christmas is the perfect time

to use it in a  blogger’s rhyme.

Why is the sound of “merry”

So, so extraordinary?

Here’s hoping we’ll all be merry

On days that are more ordinary.

Last night, for merry parity

Instead of gifts, we gave to charity

Including Habitat for Humanity,

a merry bastion of sanity.

Here are merry photos from the night

Filled with love and lots of light.








God rest ye merry gentlemen,

Let nothing you dismay.

Here‘s a song to celebrate

This merry Christmas day.


Merry thanks to all who help me write

And to all my merry readers, good day and night!

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Day 1454: Original

In all the original posts in this original and daily  blog (which I originated on January 1, 2013),  there is not one post with the word “original” in the title. Until this original day.

Originally, I was going to start today’s post by showing you these two original photos.



My boyfriend, Michael (who is original in many ways), loves Dunkin’ Donuts coffee, so when we were in the original city of Quincy Massachusetts yesterday, we stopped there for a coffee break.  It’s not exactly original, but one of my presents for Michael is a gift card for Dunkin’ Donuts, which he can use at any of their locations, original or otherwise.

Do you see anything original in my other original photos from yesterday?












I feel free and brave enough in this land to mention that I originally thought tonight’s combination of  Christmas Eve and Hanukkah Eve was an original in my lifetime. This article (which was originally written in 2005 in  Houston, Texas)  reports that the overlap is not so original.

Here and here are some musical greetings for this totally original day of December 24, 2016.


Though it’s been said many times, many ways, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and many thanks to you!


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Day 723: What’s been going on?

Yesterday, in my therapy office, people discussed going to gatherings for the Christmas holiday, where friends and family would probably be asking them

What’s been going on?

or some other form of that question.

As we discussed that likely question, there was concern about how to answer it and how others might respond to the answers.

I hear that a lot — concern about reactions from others, regarding what people have or have not been doing with their lives. Those concerns usually heighten when holidays, reunions, and other social gatherings are going on.

Yesterday, we discussed and expanded the possible answers for the question

What’s been going on?

to include these:






Besides realizing there were many possible ways to respond to that question (including several not shown above), it also helped to realize that

  • other people’s reactions don’t matter as much as we fear,
  • other people often are more interested in telling you what’s going on with them (than judging what’s going on with you), and
  • you can answer “What’s been going on?” however you choose.

Regular readers of my blog might be wondering

what’s been going on

with me, after I took a cardiac stress test yesterday.  I suppose I could respond with one of the answers listed above, but instead I’ll tell you that

  • I don’t have any new information to report and
  • I met some new people who had things going on with them, yesterday, including:


Al, whom I met in the parking lot of Tufts Medical Center before my stress test, and who told me  he

  1. has been wearing hats like that for 30 years,
  2. owns many varieties of them, in 13 colors, and
  3. always wears one when he goes to the hospital.

Al definitely has a lot going on, don’t you think?

I also met Jason


a cardiology fellow who was conducting my stress test. After the stress test, Jason looked at my record  to see what’s been going on with me, and said, “I see that you’ll be consulting with Dr. Michael Landzberg next month.”  As I  told you so here yesterday, there’s been a lot going on in my life regarding this Michael Landzberg (even before I’ve met him), since Dr. Landzberg is THE expert on people with unusual hearts like mine. I wasn’t surprised, at all, that Jason knew Dr. Landzberg, since that level of Landzbergian recognition has been going on a lot, lately.

However, I didn’t really know what was going on at that point, because  Jason then said,

He’s my father-in-law.

What’s been going on, with all these friggin’ coincidences?

What’s been going on here, visually, has included Al, Jason, and a third man, too:

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Yesterday afternoon, when I met with my supervisor, Lynda, at work, she asked me

What’s been going on?

and when she heard all that’s been going on with me lately, she said,

It’s too bad you don’t have ten days off during this time, to relax.

No matter what’s been going on with me, I love — and am sustained by — my work, providing individual and group therapy to people who have a lot going on with them.  I’m doing fine, dealing with what’s been going on with me.

What’s been going on with you?

Finally, here’s what’s (been) going on, according to a late and great musical artist:

Many thanks to Al, Jason, Santa, Dr. Landzberg, Lynda, Marvin Gaye, and all those who are doing their best to deal with what’s been going on with them, including you, of course!

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