Sentient in San Francisco – Christmas 2018

Merry Christmas!

Friends: I hope that your day is filled with joy.


A Reminder: It’s not Christmas until you see Hans Gruber fall from Nakatomi Tower.

Art for Christmas – Grandma Moses: “Christmas at Home”


A Poem for Christmas

“Little Tree”
by e.e. cummings

little tree
little silent Christmas tree
you are so little
you are more like a flower
who found you in the green forest
and were you very sorry to come away?
see i will comfort you
because you smell so sweetly
i will kiss your cool bark
and hug you safe and tight
just as your mother would,
only don’t be afraid
look the spangles
that sleep all the year in a dark box
dreaming of being taken out and allowed to shine,
the balls the chains red and gold the fluffy threads,
put up your little arms
and i’ll give them all to you to hold
every finger shall have its ring
and there won’t be a single place dark or unhappy

then when you’re quite dressed
you’ll stand in the window for everyone to see
and how they’ll stare!
oh but you’ll be very proud

and my little sister and i will take hands
and looking up at our beautiful tree
we’ll dance and sing
“Noel Noel”


Art for Christmas – George Henry Durrie: “A Christmas Party”


Musings on Christmas: Jay Leno

“The Supreme Court has ruled that they cannot have a nativity scene in Washington, D.C. This wasn’t for any religious reasons. They couldn’t find three wise men and a virgin.”

Art for Christmas – Not Edward Hopper: “Santa Cafe”


A Poem for Christmas

“Winter-Time”
by Robert Louis Stevenson

Late lies the wintry sun a-bed,
A frosty, fiery sleepy-head;
Blinks but an hour or two; and then,
A blood-red orange, sets again.

Before the stars have left the skies,
At morning in the dark I rise;
And shivering in my nakedness,
By the cold candle, bathe and dress.

Close by the jolly fire I sit
To warm my frozen bones a bit;
Or with a reindeer-sled, explore
The colder countries round the door.

When to go out, my nurse doth wrap
Me in my comforter and cap;
The cold wind burns my face, and blows
Its frosty pepper up my nose.

Black are my steps on silver sod;
Thick blows my frosty breath abroad;
And tree and house, and hill and lake,
Are frosted like a wedding-cake.

Below – Julius Sergius Klever: “Winter Landscape”

Art for Christmas – Claude Monet: “Snow Scene at Argenteuil”

Musings on Christmas: Winston Churchill

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

Art for Christmas – John Singer Sargent: “Mannikin in the Snow”


Musings on Christmas: John Wesley

“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”

Below – Audrey Stommes: “People Helping People”


Art for Christmas – Childe Hassam: “Winter in Connecticut”

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