Articles in the Stories and Appreciations Category

Just One More Thing
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 29 December 2010
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I’d like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to four words on a television screen that have brought a thrill to so many the world over: “Peter Falk as COLUMBO.”

The Person of the Year
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 28 December 2010
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A friend wondered why “Auld Lang Syne” is the theme music for New Year’s Eve; why not something more upbeat, more funky, more par-tay?

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree!
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 24 December 2010
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People take great pride in their Christmas trees, whether they be real or artificial. Colored or white lights? Bows and ribbons, or strings of beads? The possibilities are endless.

The Old Boyfriend Tour
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 22 December 2010
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While visiting my family for a week, I managed to see three different exes. These reunions were not merely happenstance. They were planned and pleasant experiences.

I Like Xmas Music, and So Do You (Oh Yes, You Do)
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 20 December 2010
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If you like music, then you like Xmas music. I’m not talking about the crap you hear at the mall or the post office. I guarantee there’s a healthy dose of magnificent holiday music for you.

Another Side of Fruitcake
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 17 December 2010
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Confession. I have never had fruitcake. I know nothing about it. Yes, I know what it is, but I don’t know what it is. I don’t know what it tastes like. And today, I’m going to eat it.

Christmas in Japan
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 16 December 2010
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They celebrate Christmas in Japan, but it’s nothing you get the day off work for; it’s more akin to Valentine’s Day. They celebrate a weird version of Valentine’s Day, too, but that’s another story.

Dusty Bottles and Scratchy Vinyl: My First New Year’s Eve
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 14 December 2010
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We settled on some dreadful brand of peppermint schnapps. We figured that the amount of sediment on the bottle was indicative of how little my parents cared about it.

24 Hours in Siena, or “Maps? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Maps.”
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 13 December 2010
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We pulled into a gas station outside Pienza, where we learned the car had a locking fuel cap … only we weren’t equipped with the key.

I Wanna Get Me a Nudie Suit
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 8 December 2010
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Even though things like sewing and embroidering don’t seem all that flashy, the mundanities of Nudie Cohn’s life are far more exciting than the highest points of mine.