Halloween post-mortem

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On Halloween night I regularly get hundreds of trick or treaters, literally hundreds, on my street. At times I’ve had to have someone keep giving out candy at the front door while I dashed out the back door to get more.

I was running a bit late this year, and for several reasons had neglected to get any trick or treat candy. On the way home Friday night I stopped at the local supermarket and scored the last six or seven bags off the depleted, Soviet Union-looking candy shelf. Went home, got organized, opened the door, switched on the porch light, sat in my living room, and got ready.

Net result: about a dozen kids.

Next year, I swear: just look at the photo.

Here you go, kiddies.

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A few days early, but this is my favorite Easter song.

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Vernal equinox

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“You know what Thursday is?” asked the cashier at the convenience store. “It’s the vernal equinox. You know what that means?”

I knew, but I wanted to hear her answer. So I said no.

“The first day of spring,” she chirped. “You know what that means?” Click here for more.

A great pre-Valentines Day sentiment.

Cole Porter’s “It’s Bad For Me,” recorded by The Roches in 1980. Click here for more.

Said it better than I ever could.

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A column called Peace to Men/Women of Good Will by NanceGreggs at Democrats For Progress. Quote:

If you are a sincere follower of the Christ who was beaten, tortured, scourged, crowned with thorns, nailed to a cross, and left to die in excruciating agony… don’t you think equating someone wishing you “Happy Holidays” with persecution is a bit over the top?!

A Christmas Day thought

Just like on Thanksgiving. If you need to purchase anything today – put gas in the car, pick up a coffee, stop at the convenience store – thank the person behind the counter for working on Christmas Day. Something like, “Thanks for working today. By being here, you’ve made my Christmas easier and I really appreciate it.” Just a thought for a word of appreciation.

Past masters: Mr. Clemens nails it yet again.

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“The approach of Christmas brings harassment and dread to many excellent people. They have to buy a cart-load of presents, and they never know what to buy to hit the various tastes; they put in three weeks of hard and anxious work, and when Christmas morning comes they are so dissatisfied with the result, and so disappointed that they want to sit down and cry. Then they give thanks that Christmas comes but once a year.” – Mark Twain, Following The Equator

Some years it just doesn’t feel like Christmas.

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I can’t point to any specific event or occurrence that has single-handedly robbed me of the Christmas spirit this year; just stuff, an accumulation of stuff that won’t magically go away because of the holidays. No trips to Kentucky or elsewhere this year. Click here for more.

One of the best Christmas stories I ever read features a guy in a red cape.

A few of us on Facebook have been posting images of various super-heroes and their Christmas tributes. I posted this comic book cover, “Christmas With The Super-Heroes, Special #2” from 1988. This prompted me to dig up and re-read my copy, and rediscover one of my all-time favorite Christmas stories. Click here for more.