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October 24, 2021

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The Magic of Christmas

There is a magic about Christmas. We get to peel off our layers of broken promises and broken hearts to watch it through the eyes of the children close to us. There was a time I had to explain to my daughter that Santa wasn’t Jesus’s dad and this wasn’t a big birthday party. The Santa at Nordstrom also had to explain to her that he did not know me well enough to get her a baby brother or sister for Christmas. Christmas is about seeing things with new eyes and finding joy and understanding. Oh, just so you know,…

Open Thread: Celebrating Thanksgiving at Alice’s Restaurant

I’m not really sure how this became a family tradition of mine but it’s one of the few that at 34 I still stick to, listening to Alice’s Restaurant. The famous song by Arlo Guthrie has meant a lot to me – even was able to sing it with a Bishop and some Priests in a NYC holding cell a couple years ago. That’s a long story, that you can read . Over the years I’ve mentioned what I thought was a weird family tradition to many friends – and almost all of them told me that they too had…

Tea Party X-Mas Gifts

We’ve all got one in our family. A teabagger. Outside of the John Water’s reference that makes me giggle everytime I hear the word, we all know what that means…  Arguments over Obamacare, Obamaphones, Obama birth certificates and other Obama related tragedies. Unfortunately it’s the Holidays, so you’ll need to buy this lovely human being that is somehow related to you a gift. The latest Chomsky book isn’t going to work, and neither is a t-shirt from TheMudflats.net [wink]. That’s why I’ve complied a list of some sure fire gifts for that angry at the world for making him white in…

Ask A Slave: Thanksgiving Edition

In the latest episode of the awesome and awkward (can I laugh at this?) funny web series Ask A Slave the ‘plucky Lizzie Mae’ takes on questions about Thanksgiving. But this time she’s got a guest – Red Jacket. He’s a Native American, Seneca leader Otetiani Sagoyewatha, who seems somewhat confused by the questions that the good white people that come to visit the show ask him. Rightfully so. [Red Jacket, by the way, was an actual person.] The greatest moment in my opinion is when he drops the name that his people have bestowed upon our founding father and the owner of…

Open Thread: LKB’s Easter Fare

I hope all of you had a wonderful Easter, Passover or whatever spring holiday you celebrate! We had a wonderful family Easter Sunday dinner (“dinner” in the Mid-western sense of the word…1:00 pm) and I took a few photographs to share with you all: This is my version of a caprese salad that I made for the dinner. It’s sliced fresh Mozzarella, tomatoes and Basil leaves in Balsamic vinegarette on a bed of spinach and spring greens surrounded by fresh asparagus and different varieties of olives. Here’s a yummy fruit salad made by my sis-in-law. Here’s my plate of food,…