Sunday, 12/06/09, Public Square

Do you put up a Christmas tree?  If so, when do you usually put it up?  Do you do other decorations or special baking and cooking?  What does everyone do to mark the season?



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16 responses to “Sunday, 12/06/09, Public Square

  1. tosmarttobegop

    I feel for my on-line friend, on top of her own health issues her grand daughter was rushed to the E.R.
    A pretty sick little girl and Grandma is not much better though finally sent home.

    The world is spinning out of control and having been there at times I can relate.

    Went and stood along the highway yesterday, we were waving flags to show support of the local Army National guard unit that is being deployed to Afghanistan as they left. Every Semi that passed us honk their horn and several cars did too. It was kind of heart warming as in the last eight years. Support and pride seems to have given way to Partisanship and being war weary.

    We wished we could have been there when my son deployed, he said he understood and was glad we had came to N.C. before. He said no one did come to show support, they were filed into a hanger and sat or stood till 3 A.M.

    LOL man it is once again hitting home the disappointment of when we had central heat put in.
    The only room that he could not put a duct into was the family room. That is the room I spend most of the time in. Yeah its cold and I end up so bundled up it is hard to move.

    When it is cold all I really want to do is go back to bed and be under the covers!

    • Sorry for your sorrows, I know your friend appreciates a friend like you with a listening ear — you’re helping!

      What you did yesterday should have been done for your son. I’ll bet he appreciated what you did for others sons and daughters!

      Yes, cold. Layers, they say. Bed is good too. 🙂

    • I’m unable to understand why partisanship needs to color every aspect of our lives. There are so many areas when we’re all just people. No man is an island and we all need one another at some time or another. At least right here on this little blog I find people who are willing to set all that aside.

      I was war weary before it started. I’ve said several times I should be completely quiet on the subject and admitted I am a pacifist to the core. I understand peace, but can’t wrap my mind around any benefit of any war.

  2. Good morning.

    Got one tree up and decorated yesterday and that might be my only tree this year. I go way overboard, love all the sparkle and color, smells and excitement of ‘the season.’ I’m usually very frugal but all that goes out the window at Christmas.

    Each year when Thanksgiving falls on the last weekend of November I feel behind, and this year we added travel and out-of-state guests to the mix so I’m feeling further behind. May be just what is needed to make me slow down, curtail, not go overboard. We’ll see. I work well under pressure. 🙂

    Chad is bringing the lady we met in Boston to Wichita at Christmas. She is a delight and they seem to genuinely compliment one another, adding to each other’s happiness. How could you ask for more!? Although not ‘official’ yet, we expect an upcoming trip to Annisquam on the North Shore to involve a wedding, maybe as soon as next summer.

  3. David B

    I am insulating my attic to trade off all those extra CO2 emissions your Xmas lights are putting out! 😉

  4. tosmarttobegop

    I have to admit that with the usual crop of candidates that the State GOP puts up and how ridiculous they can be. Man the State Democratic party must work 24/7 to find one that is less able for the voters to vote for.

  5. tosmarttobegop

    Part of the problem is that location is everything, this is a Red State and the only ones on the Progressive side that are willing to be involved and active are those farther to the left.

    Moderates and the more Conservative of the Kansas Democratic party are not as involved.
    This in a State that the far left is like they are a drag Queen attending a Family values State meeting.
    Pointed to, laughed at and nothing more then a focus of what the Religious Right see as at fault.

    Kathy had it double tough, as she was too conservative for the left and she was a Democrat so hated by the Right. But she was someone that both sides held their noses and voted for.

    Does not the party try to groom any future candidates? Seriously every election season the D puts up either someone has never heard of. Or someone that has no chance of getting a bi-partisan vote.

    The latter is the only chance a Democratic candidate would have in Kansas.
    Biggs has the closest chance of any D I have seen as to State wide and he is failing in the crunch.

    It may not make a lot happy, but in the case of Kansas it is a more conservative that is the best bet for a Democratic Governor and national rep from Kansas. And for the future of the Kansas Democratic party that is more important for the future of the State party.

    • How many candidates would be able to raise funds to compare to the Koch machine? If they have their own money they don’t need to mess with politics and if they aren’t wacko religious nutjobs the Koch’s will go a long ways to make sure they don’t stand a chance in hell of being elected. Few actually realize the power and evil of the Koch machine!

  6. Thunderchild


    The live, stage version of Jeff Wayne’s “War of the Worlds airs tonight on PBS.

    This (and the earlier novel by HG Wells are the origin for my “Thunderchild” nic.

  7. River

    Words & Music by Joni Mitchell

    Its coming on Christmas
    They’re cutting down trees
    They’re putting up reindeer
    And singing songs of joy and peace

    I wish I had a river
    I could skate away on
    But it don’t snow here
    It stays pretty green
    I’m going to make a lot of money
    Then I’m going to quit this crazy scene

    I wish I had a river
    I could skate away on
    I wish I had a river so long
    I would teach my feet to fly

    I wish I had a river
    I could skate away on
    I made my baby cry

    He tried hard to help me
    You know, he put me at ease
    And he loved me so naughty
    Made me weak in the knees
    Oh I wish I had a river
    I could skate away on

    I’m so hard to handle
    I’m selfish and I’m sad
    Now I’ve gone and lost the best baby
    That I ever had

    I wish I had a river
    I could skate away on
    I wish I had a river so long
    I would teach my feet to fly

    I wish I had a river
    I made my baby say goodbye

    It’s coming on Christmas
    They’re cutting down trees
    They’re putting up reindeer
    And singing songs of joy and peace

    I wish I had a river
    I could skate away on

  8. David B

    One of my faves!

  9. Thunderchild

    You folks are needed on the WEBlog. You don’t win a fight by running away.

  10. Thunderchild,

    I speak for only me.

    Blogging isn’t a fight. If it becomes a fight I leave. That’s not running away. That’s taking care of myself, removing myself from an abusive situation. I’ve been there, done that, won’t do it ever again. If you give abusive people permission to abuse you — they have it and they use it.

    Adults don’t behave like children when they talk. Adults are respectful of other adults even when they disagree.

    There are a bazillion blogs and everyone chooses which ones they want to participate in. And, as always, it is good to ‘hear’ from you!

    • Almost always words have already been said or written, by someone more talented than I, that perfectly express what I can’t say as well. That’s the case once again! I have a book of prose written by James Kavanaugh, titled, “There are men too gentle to live among wolves.” In the book’s preface the author wrote these words:

      “This is a book born in my heart, born in the pain of ending one life and beginning another, born in the excitement of the continuing search for life’s meaning. Some people do not have to search, they find their niche early in life and rest there, seemingly contented and resigned. They do not seem to ask much of life, sometimes they do not seem to take it seriously. At times I envy them, but usually I do not understand them. Seldom do they understand me.

      I am one of the searchers. There are, I believe, millions of us. We are not unhappy, but neither are we really content. We continue to explore life, hoping to uncover its ultimate secret. We continue to explore ourselves, hoping to understand. We like to walk along the beach, we are drawn by the ocean, taken by its power, its unceasing motion, its mystery and unspeakable beauty. We like forests and mountains, deserts and hidden rivers, and the lonely cities as well. Our sadness is as much a part of our lives as is our laughter. To share our sadness with one we love is perhaps as great a joy as we can know — unless it be to share our laughter.

      We searchers are ambitious only for life itself, for everything beautiful it can provide. Most of all we want to love and be loved. We want to live in a relationship that will not impede our wandering, nor prevent our search, nor lock us in prison walls; that will take us for what little we have to give. We do not want to prove ourselves to another or to compete for love.

      There are men too gentle to live among wolves.”

      Thunderchild, although you know quite a bit about me, there are some things I never talk about. I won’t be around anything that is like the life I left. I am guilty as charged when anyone says I’m a ‘feeler,’ too touchy and soft, too sensitive and vulnerable, that I enjoy poetry and the softer side of life. Verbal abuse is still abuse. At WEBlog I was verbally abused every day I posted there. ksgrm/okobserver would appear if I made a post just to tell me how stupid (and more / less) I was, she stalked me. That is verbal abuse from an abusive person. I choose not to be around those types of people. People here will correct me when I’m wrong (thus, I learn), they will direct me to another side of the issue to help me understand I haven’t weighed all the information, but they will never be abusive. In my journey to explore this life I will choose the places I spend my time and the people I want to be around. I will share my love, concerns, questions, and my laughter!

      If you see this as running away, you are entitled to your opinion and I understand that you’ve come by it after thinking it over. I respect your right to hold an opinion that is different than mine.

  11. lilacluvr

    Why continue to participate on the WEblog when the same things are said over and over and over again with the same result every day?

    The only accomplishment coming from the WEblog is the fact there are some pathetic people who like to sit behind their computer screen and call their perceived enemies all kinds of names and sometimes they even throw in their God’s blessing on their action by telling their perceived enemies they are going to Hell. These people then feel somehow justified that they are, indeed, better than that guy ‘over there’.

    At the end of the day, exactly what progress has been made? What agreement has been reached so both sides can move forward?

    I, for one, have a life outside the blogging site and I choose to experience the life God gave me and I will not waste one moment with the likes of those few on the WEblog that love to fight – for the sake of fighting.

    God gave me a brain to think and choose – and I choose to ignore those types. They are not worthy of my time.

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