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  • Christmas 2003

    Sue's mom and my dad joined us for Christmas dinner this year (as well as Christmas Eve for my famous oyster stew) and Duane joined us, too. The holidays seemed to be too short this year--so we'll spend more time at them next year. ...
  • Christmas 2001

    As they did in 2000, Jennifer and Duane flew home for Christmas and spent their nights with us. I bought the Fuji FinePix digital camera the morning that they flew in and recorded much more of Christmas in photographic format than ever before. ...
  • Christmas 2005

     Several things made Christmas this year even more special than usual: ...
  • Christmas 1999

    Jennifer and Duane were living in Manhattan in 1999 and couldn't afford to come home for Christmas. Thanksgiving that year was sad because they were in New York and we were in Palos Verdes. We decided to make an adventure out of Christmas, so Sue and I, a...
  • Christmas 2002

        Jennifer and Duane were able to come home for eight days this year and we enjoyed every minute. This year, they even brought Nikki the cat with them. Having gotten even more heavily into photography, I took more pictures this year. And, having gi...
  • Christmas

    Christmas is a very special time of year for us. We are both only children and our daughter is an only child. The traditions of Christmas at our home include many that take place in many other homes (Santa Claus and the way we communicate with him, hangin...
  • Donuts

    Donuts are nutritionally worthless globs of deep-fried dough that do no good for anyone, and a whole lot of bad for everyone.  Jennifer's first nutrition professor referred to them as "Circles of Death." Having said that, if I were to eat a donut, i...
  • Urban Legends

      There are, of course, jillions of urban legends floating around the internet.  We all get emails that say, "This happened to my cousin/best friend/dog/mother/father so believe it" and frequently end with an admonishment that if you don't pass it ...
  • Old "Hollywood Squares" One-Liners

      The Original Hollywood Squares T.V. Show. These are from the days when game show responses were spontaneous and not scripted like they are now.   ...
  • More Famous Quotes

      But these are funny...  ...
  • Famous Quotes

      Or, famous last words...  ...
  • New Definitions

      The Washington Post allegedly published a contest for readers in which they were asked to supply alternate meanings for various words. The following were some of the winning entries, but the last one is my contribution.  ...
  • Bill Maher Calls a Spade a Spade

      BILL MAHER, P.I. THE POLITICALLY INCORRECT PUNDIT CALLS A SPADE A SPADE By Bill Maher (in Playboy, January 1997)  ...
  • America The Good Neighbor

      Gordon Sinclair, a Canadian, wrote this in 1973 (note the issue of who builds airplanes) but it remains inspiring. It was widely recirculated following the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks on the WTC and the Pentagon.  ...
  • The Italian Who Went to Detroit

      A gift from an Italian employee in the late 1970s.  ...
  • World's Shortest Books

      Like, really short. ...
  • Something Old, Something New...

      "Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a six-pence in her shoe."   It's a lovely tradition (for the exact definition of each component in the quote, click here ) and we adhered to it, for the most part. ...
  • Favor

      We wanted something out of the ordinary, that would be elegant, that would enhance the wedding and/or the reception, and would be useful and remembered by our guests. After reading an article in one of our dozens of wedding magazines, we settled on s...
  • Invitation

      We sought help from a marvelous little shop called Posh Papers in Torrance that carried a large variety of invitations and provided the sort of personal, one-on-one service that we are used to providing in our business lives. It carried the extra adva...
  • Wedding Communications

      We felt that communication with our prospective guests was important. Many of them had never been to Hawaii and we wanted them to be comfortable with the idea. We also wanted them to feel welcome. ...