Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

I’m Not Dead Yet!

Kirk Douglas obit

Recently, People Magazine’s website posted the actor, Kirk Douglas’ obituary. Unfortunately for People (but fortunately for Kirk Douglas), he’s still alive and kicking at 98. It brings to mind that scene from Monty Python’s “Holy Grail”.

When we get to a certain age, we start paying more attention to obituaries to learn if someone we know or cared about has died.  Secretly, some of us also compare the ages of those who’ve died with our own.

And, let’s face it, reading about death in the obituaries can be a sad and depressing experience.

NPR Weekend Edition Saturday’ host Scott Simon offers an interesting suggestion:

“… an obituary strives to have the perspective of a full life. Failures and mistakes which once loomed huge can finally be seen as small bumps on a long road.

Maybe it would be a good exercise — even a gift, in the holiday season — to help write a brief obituary for someone you love while they are still vibrant, alive, and able to appreciate it. You can remember a grandmother, who may seem a little halting and crotchety now, as she was when she was young and light-hearted. You can ask a father who can seem exasperated about being an authority figure now to remember the years when he was young, unruly, and even a little sassy. Seeing your life stretched out may make you see disappointments and defeats as pointers, not missteps, along that long road”

Not Dead Yet

What do you think?

Merry Christmas !

Adeste Fideles! Noel! Feliz Navidad ! Happy Christmas !

Peace on earth. Good will toward men.

And best wishes for a better and happier new year.

Picture: The Homecoming by Norman Rockwell

Merry Christmas !

To you and those you love, tidings of comfort and joy!

From the Norman Rockwell collection

Cyber Monday

It’s Cyber Monday Week !

Ten Tips To Avoid Cyber Monday Scams (courtesy of Bari Abdul, VP at Check Point’s Zone Alarm):

1. Install, update & activate your security software
2. Use strong, unique passwords
3. Only connect to legitimate Wi-Fi networks
4. Make sure it’s the real site. (My affiliate link is legit)
5. Only shop on secure sites
6. Look for third party seals of approval like BBB or TRUSTe
7. Beware of deals that are too good to be true
8. Use a dummy email account
9. Use a credit card
10. Read privacy agreements

Enjoy a happy & safe online shopping experience !

Merry Christmas !

Merry Christmas.

E.B. White wrote: “The miracle of Christmas is that, like the distant and very musical voice of the hound, it penetrates finally and becomes heard in the heart over so many years, through so many cheap curtain-raisers….So this day and this century proceed toward the absolutes of convenience, of complexity, and of speed, only occassionally holding up the little trumpet (as at Christmas time) to be reminded of the simplicities, and to hear the distant music of the hound.”

Feliz Navidad ! Joyeux Noel ! Buono Natale !