Saturday, December 22, 2012

Those little gifts

I just want to say, as I do each year, how much I appreciate the cards and letters we receive from family and friends.  These truly are special little gifts that I read & look at all year, especially the pictures.  It is an investment of time and, anymore, money to send Christmas cards.

Sending cards is still a part of my Christmas season.  Partly, of course, because I look forward to receiving them.  I also send cards because writing them brings me pleasure.  I actually do look forward to the card project each year and usually only send three or four each day.  Connecting or reconnecting with family and friends is part of the Spirit of the Season for me. 

I realize not everyone has time to send Christmas cards.  I sent  electronic greetings a time or two when I was working.  Actually, they are personal, meaningful, and even pictures can be inserted.  They just don’t work too well on my bulletin board.

One of the reasons I have stayed with this blog rather than move to Facebook is I like the idea of not really knowing who stops by each day.  Since I can’t say it personally,  I will just say to all, have a Joyous Christmas and a fun and healthy New Year.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Podcasts

I used to think of a podcast as a spoken blog.  At least that is what they seemed like years ago when I first listened to a few. 

Lately, I’ve been checking out what is out there again.  I am amazed and a little hooked.  Apple as its own app simply called, “Podcasts.”  It is free.  There is a place for searches.  Just type in a topic and check it out.  I like “This American Life” from NPR. 

Rick Steves has a travel podcast site which is very interesting.  I am also signed up for auto download of podcasts on a site called, “Books on the Night Stand.” I listened to one from the Nutrition Diva on my PC.  Then checked and downloaded it on my Apple phone. 

Basically, I would say to just Google podcasts and go from there.  They are usually less than an hour, much shorter than an audio book, so might be ideal for travel. 

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Rumblings of thunder, dropping temperatures

weather 12-20-12 We’re a tiny bit west of the “L” on Lawrence.  It looks promising!  Talked to Doug in Monument CO this evening.  Sounded like they were having high wind with snow. 

The stove is cranking out heat, my bed is preheated with a electric lap blanket and I’m just starting my cup of chamomile tea.  Nights like this were a great source of worry when the 90 plus miles of mail route loomed the next day.  I’m thinking of my friends there, but sleeping soundly tonight. 

Monday, December 17, 2012

A Mother’s Story

I invite you to read this Mother’s story as it appears in The Stranger, a Seattle, Washington newspaper.  Four or five years ago on NPR’s Talk of the Nation, a mother called the show to recount a similar story.  It made such an impression on me that I can remember exactly where I was on the mail route when I heard it. 

I Am Adam Lanza’s Mother

Here is another story in USA Today.