Go West, Young Man

January 1st, 2009

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Comfort and Joy

December 25th, 2008

I thought I would pop in for a moment to send out greetings to all my readers and friends.

It’s about 2AM this Christmas morning.  I’ve just gotten home after seeing the holiday in at midnight with the Attorney.

Granny was asleep in her chair, the TV was on.  It was a rerun of “Golden Girls” on Lifetime.  I looked at Granny, long past her Golden years.  I guess she’s platinum now.  Or maybe Titanium, because she has stayed strong through her 92 Christmases.

I didn’t wake her even though she’d really be more comfortable in bed.  She’ll probably be stiff in the morning.  But she seemed so peaceful.  Sort of the way dogs always seem so peaceful when they are alseep.  So, I just made sure she was well covered with the blanket.  Let sleeping dogs lie.

When I’d left the Attorney, he was in his chair, too.  The big leather one with the ottoman.  It’s big enough for two. (At least we make it that way.) We had a sweet goodbye and I left him to watch the lights twinkle on his tree.

After settling Granny in, I found myself doing the same.  I hit the lights and sat across the room from our tree, taking it in from a distance.

I even caught myself doing that thing that I always did as a kid.  As I stared at the tree I would squint my eyes so the lights looked like hundreds of stars.  Then I would tilt my head from shoulder to shoulder, watching the rays swing back and forth.

A private moment of comfort and joy.

May all of you have a holiday filled with moments of comfort and joy, both private and shared.  My best to you all.  Happy Holidays.  Merry Christmas.  Happy Chanukah.  Happy Kwaanza.

Whatever you observe, I hope it is fulfilling and prings you peace.

P.S.  I have no idea what happened to my banner.  I’ll find it one day, I guess.

Parting Gifts

September 5th, 2008

I’m not back.  Really.  I’m not.

Think of this as just an addition to The Last Post.

I just had to acknowledge and thank a couple of people who each created a cool project in my honor.  Both are really amazing and obviously took time and talent.  And for both I am so touched and overwhelmed.

First is the drawing you see above.  It was done by a fellow named Goran.  (CLICK TO SEE THE FULL DRAWING) He based it on THIS PHOTO.

Second is a video tribute done by my buddy Todd at IMNOT2BZY. Knowing how much trouble it was for me to put together the pitiful little video for The Last Post, it’s obvious that Todd has been VERY busy. You can see the video HERE.

Thanks to both you guys.  No one has ever done something like this for me before.  I am undeserving, but very grateful.

I am also grateful to all of you who who stopped in to read The Last Post, and to those who left such incredible comments.  Ironically, my last day was the most active in traffic in the four years.  By far.

I guess people wanted to make sure I was good and gone.  :-)