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Archive for December, 2011


Friday, December 30th, 2011

In 2011, I had intended to get all my business systems in place, stabilize cash flow, begin earning money at the educational website, triple traffic at my business website, live a more balanced life, bring creativity back into my non-work life, and strengthen my relationships. These were not SMART goals, SMART standing for Specific, Measurable, […]


Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

The song of the day is “The March of the Three Kings.”I only know this song in French, but on Christmas Eve #2 son found Bing Crosby singing it on Spotify, so you can definitely hear the story of the three kings and their retinue making their way through Provence to visit the Christ Child. […]

Merry Christmas

Sunday, December 25th, 2011

Christmas Eve

Saturday, December 24th, 2011

  Today’s song is “All My Heart This Night Rejoices,”an extremely beautiful song. I worked yesterday while #2 son mixed up cookie doughs, and then baked intensively while waiting for the other kids to arrive, so we now have approximately two quajillion cookies. I’ll be spreading them around a bit. #2 daughter brought us a […]

Yuletide Glee

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

‘Tis the time of Yuletide Glee! This is also the song of the day. This is a nice madrigal, said to have been written by Thomas Morley, the main man of madrigals, in the 16th century. However, the lyrics make this implausible: ‘Tis the time of Yuletide glee, all the world should joyful be Let […]


Sunday, December 18th, 2011

Today’s song is “Come Ye Lofty, Come Ye Lowly,” one of the joyful French carols meant for dancing. I heard it this morning as part of Holst’s Christmas Day and couldn’t find a good recording of it for you on its own. You can certainly enjoy the whole piece, though. We all went to see […]

Marshmallow World

Saturday, December 17th, 2011

Autocorrect humor isn’t really funny. People will be texting each other and suddenly they find they’ve said, “Yeah I’m excited about my new job. Just picked up my new unicorn” instead of “uniform.” The recipient cracks up and posts it online. Only most of the time the mixup that gets posted online is unrepeatable words, […]

Getting Merry Like Christmas

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Today’s song is “The Christmas Waltz.” The link will take you to a Youtube version with the words so you can sing along. This is the song for today because I’m getting very excited about Christmas, and this is that kind of song. It has been an exciting week at work, and today promises to […]

Piping Merrily

Monday, December 12th, 2011

I have twelve websites to work on today, so I’m giving you a quick, sprightly song: The Shepherd’s Pipe Carol. Written by John Rutter in 1966 when he was still a student, this is a good song to play while working, because it has a bouncy tune and lots of cheerful flute stuff going on. […]

Sunday December 11, 2011

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

This morning we sang our Bach cantata, and it went far less badly than I had expected. We had a couple of violins, a viola, a cello, and an assortment of woodwinds, the soloists were quite good, and the choir didn’t actually give up and quit singing at any point. If we could start each […]

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