Monthly Archives: December 2011

Some Advice That Is More Than Cosmetic

Born 31 December 1884 – Florence Nightingale Graham, Canadian-American businesswoman who, under the name Elizabeth Arden, built a cosmetics empire in the United States and became one of the wealthiest women on the planet. Here is a quote from Elizabeth … Continue reading

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Taking Refuge – Again

Not to belabor the obvious, but with the Iowa caucuses just days away, this seems a timely reminder: “Public office is the last refuge of a scoundrel.” – Boies Penrose, Republican politician and United States Senator from Pennsylvania, who died … Continue reading

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Time to Stop Horsing Around: Two Wine Recommendations for Christmas Presents

Cinematic propaganda to the contrary, as every astute person knows, the best Christmas gift anyone can receive is not a BB gun, but a pony. If Santa Claus accidentally forgets to bring me a horse this year (as he has … Continue reading

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The Scrooging of America

19 December 1843 – Charles Dickens publishes “A Christmas Carol” While watching the most recent Presidential candidate debate, I suddenly realized how badly I have misjudged Ebenezer Scrooge. It is now clear to me that, far from being a greedy, … Continue reading

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Ask Dr. Santa: A Christmas Movie

Dear Dr. Santa: What is your favorite Christmas movie? Ebenzer S Dear Ebenezer: To get myself into the proper seasonal mood, every Christmas Eve I watch “A Christmas Carol,” starring Alastair Sim. Of course I always run the movie backwards, … Continue reading

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Wes Studi and the Rules of Cinematic Greatness

Born 17 December 1947 – Wes Studi, a Cherokee actor who has received much-merited praise for his screen portrayals of Native Americans. Studi has appeared in “Dances with Wolves,” “The Last of the Mohicans,” “Geronimo: An American Legend,” and “Pow-Wow … Continue reading

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Ask Dr. Santa: The Joy of Giving

Dear Dr. Santa: Is it really true that it is better to give than to receive? – “Tiny” Tim Cratchit
 Dear Tim: Yes, it is true – but only if kicks and punches are involved. 
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Prophecies You Can Count On

17 December 1790 – The Aztec calendar stone is discovered in Mexico City. After two centuries of concerted effort, linguists deciphered it just this morning, and they discovered that it offers two dire warnings. First: “Never believe anything the Mayans … Continue reading

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Happy Holidays?

The photograph above, taken two days ago by someone calling himself “J.O. Elf,” shows a tank approaching the North Pole. This picture clearly proves that rabidly conservative pundits like Bill O’Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, and Ann Coulter are right – there … Continue reading

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Story and Metastory

“The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.” – Muriel Rukeyser Keep that lovely thought in mind today as you go about the business of embellishing your personal narrative, because in some small but important way it is part … Continue reading

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