Last night was the dress rehearsal for the downhill church choir’s Christmas program. Among the various things we’re singing are “African Noel” and “Behold That Star.” These are fun to sing.

That’s the only pleasant thing I  have to say today, because the stupid dog barked unceasingly from 3:47 a.m. to 4:47 a.m.,  when I gave up and got out of bed. I am therefore sleep deprived and grumpy.