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Archive for November, 2012

Comfort Ye

Friday, November 30th, 2012

“Comfort, Comfort Ye, My People” is one of my favorite hymns. Since it’s an Advent hymn, I only get to sing it about once a year, and even then I don’t always get to sing it with other people, in harmony. I like it with a sort of Reggae beat, and if fact I have […]


Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

My husband is probably the world’s worst receiver of gifts. Upon receiving a present, he immediately begins suggesting that it should be returned, exchanged for a different size, or changed in some fundamental and impossible way. He has other ways of rejecting gifts, but the principle is the same. The best response to a gift […]

Squishing Everything into the Day

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Here’s a pretty Advent song for you — new to me, but I’d like to learn it. You could definitely sing it as you rush around madly today trying to catch up on all the work you didn’t do over the holiday. That’s how I’m spending my day, at least.  Download the sheet music, try […]

Cyber Monday

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

The song for today is “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence,” a stunningly beautiful tune which is a favorite among plenty of non-Christians, if YouTube is any indication. We’re singing a really dramatic version by Katherine K. Davis. In choir practice, as we sing about the cherubim and seraphim, I keep thinking that it would […]

Finishing the Long Weekend

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

We had a really long weekend, beginning on Wednesday afternoon. I took no pictures of the Thanksgiving meal, nor of all the kids together. I did however get a good picture of #1 son whipping cream. He appears to be gazing intently at the pecan pie. We also had mince and French Silk pies, berry […]

Black Friday

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

Yesterday was Thanksgiving Day. We have no pictures of the meal, the decorations, or of all the family. The day began with the news that my husband’s brother had died in Thailand. Our guests were already on their way, there is no one else in town who could take on the entertaining, and I didn’t […]


Sunday, November 18th, 2012

Last night I went to bed at 10:00 — earlier, actually, because I took my Kindle to bed to read, but I put the light out at 10:00. And turned it back on at 10:17. And back off at 10:30. And woke up around 3:00 a.m. because I suddenly realized that we have to include […]

Ganging Agley

Friday, November 16th, 2012

  Today was a frustrating day. I had a simple plan. I was going to post a video #1 daughter was making, then finish up the day’s blogging and finish writing a website we’ve been working on. Easy, right? Instead, the day was complex. The video wasn’t made because the pictures hadn’t worked out and […]

Sleepiness Cannot Win

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

The big question of my life today was this: can I stay awake all the way through choir? It seemed unlikely. I got up at 5:30 and met my dad for breakfast at 6:30. I then went to a business meeting. I was stood up, actually, and the tea was made with water that had […]

Blithe Spirit

Monday, November 12th, 2012

#1 daughter, La Bella, Egypt, and I went to see Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit. He wrote it during a spell of financial difficulty, hoping to cheer up Brits during the Blitz. It was quite funny. Stop reading if you want to be surprised. The actors at the local university did a good job. The hero […]

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