Posts Tagged ‘holidays’

Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day in the US, a day that commemorates those who died in military service of our country.  The occasion gives us an opportunity to reflect on the bravery of those who have put their lives on the line in the solemn task of keeping the people of our nation safe from harm. […]

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It’s TWENTY-TEN. Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Now that this minor detail is out of the way, I need to tell you about something that I feel rather strongly about.  The new year is 2010.  That is pronounced TWENTY-TEN.  I know that most of us have not been calling the last few years twenty-oh-nine and so forth.  We have […]

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Christmas: The Letdown

It was the second week of September.  Just after Labor Day.  I was innocently shopping at my local Fred Meyer store when I saw it.  A couple of aisles had been transformed into the place to buy your Christmas lights.  The season has begun. As the big day drew closer, there were more and more […]

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The Two Christmases

I stand in astonishment at the arguments that We the People of the United States make over Christmas.  For a holiday that is supposed to be so very joyous, there are so many others that are offended at the very mention of the holiday.  Some of these folks, and you know who they are, will […]

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Veterans Day – Rememberance Day – 2009

Since the days of exploration in the history of both the United States and Canada, the brave and the not-so-brave among us have put themselves into harms way in the name of the good of our nations.  They have prevented our territories from attack, and they have saved the lives of our citizens and residents.  […]

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Independence Day 2009

Regular readers know that I am not particularly a fan of fireworks.  Actually, I rather enjoy the large displays that are staged by municipalities throughout the United States on the fourth day of July each year.  However, I simply detest the nuisances caused by my neighbors who insist on lighting the small fireworks that boom […]

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The Feast of St. Patrick

It’s March 17 again, a particularly important day in the calendar, as judging from another increasing in the advertising and promotion around this date.  It is, of course, on this date that we celebrate the feast of Ireland’s most important saint, St. Patrick. St. Patrick is, of course, the patron saint of Ireland, New York, […]

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Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I am too young to have personally seen the work of Martin Luther King, Jr.  In some ways, he changed the way Americans dealt with race relations during his time.  More importantly, he and others like him laid the foundation for us to change our thinking on the subject over generations.  In honor of the […]

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Yule

Despite the snow and sleet that has been falling on us here in Cascadia for the last week now, today is officially the first day of Winter.  At 12:04 PM on Sunday, the days will start to become longer again.  I am sure that this can come none too soon for most of us. This […]

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The Price of a Merry Christmas

I have increasingly become irritated with the concept of what holidays have become in our culture.  For most of recorded time, humans have gathered together for any number of holidays and festivals to celebrate whatever their culture deems is good to celebrate.  In our culture, the penultimate holiday each year is Christmas.  There was a […]

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