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Holiday Greetings

I missed Hannukah, but I want to stop for a moment here on Christmas Eve to wish all folks heartfelt greetings and best wishes for this end-of-the-year holiday season, however you and yours celebrate it. Here the first stocking has been hung, and we are awaiting the last of the travelers' arrival with bellies full of roast lamb, asparagus, green beans, broccoli salad, and red rice, a bit of nutritional insurance against the overindulgences to come on the morrow. Season's Greetings, and I'll be seeing you all again in 2010 when I get home.

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not_a_zatarc
Dec. 25th, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC)
Happy Holidays to you, too! :D
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Speak to him, for there is none born wise.

-The Maxims of Ptahotep

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In mourning or rejoicing, be not far from me.

- an Ancient Egyptian Love Song

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alone give life to my heart
may Amun give me what I have found
for all eternity.


-Love Songs of the New Kingdom, Song #2

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To go in the dark with a light is to know the light.
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-Wendell Berry

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Up in the morning's no for me,
Up in the morning early;
When a' the hills are covered wi' snaw,
I'm sure it's winter fairly.

-Robert Burns

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I envy you, drunk with flowers,
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-Ch'ien Ch'i

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