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I Wonder As I Sqaunder...

Perhaps 'squander' is too harsh a word here but it better fits the holiday song I am singing this week. I hum this melancholy tune because my holiday week off from work is coming to a close and I realize that the majority of the time I have spent so far has been on domestic chores and projects. Not that those chores or projects aren't viable and in need of attention, however, that was not the thrust behind this special week of time off to contemplate and envision the new year.

Logic dictates that if the place from which I do that contemplation and planning is uncluttered and clean, that my reading, meditating, visioning, etc. would be enriched and freer. Well, yeah, maybe.  Yes, the tasks need doing but they always need doing.  The ongoing maintenance of life is just that--ongoing. But this extra time off is supposed to be for grander things and to allow for unencumbered time to read and write and ponder.

I pondered all right. I would write a blog and spend way too much ti…

Boxing Day + 1

Yesterday was Boxing Day.  A holiday originating from England back in the Middle Ages.  Unlike the name, this day has nothing to do with watching marathon repeats of "Rocky I-V) or standing in line arguing with the customer service clerk while trying to return less than desirable gifts. As with any urban legend or holiday tradition, this one has a few different definitions:
Some historians say the holiday developed because servants were required to work on Christmas Day, but took the following day off. As servants prepared to leave to visit their families, their employers would present them with gift boxes. Another theory is that the boxes placed in churches where parishioners deposited coins for the poor were opened and the contents distributed on December 26, which is also the Feast of St. Stephen. As time went by, Boxing Day gift giving expanded to include those who had rendered a service during the previous year. This tradition survives today as people give presents to tradesm…