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I’ve been out shopping this afternoon…

… looking for stocking stuffers for Elly. I must admit that I enjoyed it… it’s been a long time since I just focused on small things that emphasized how I felt about her, and finding special things was great fun.

Here we are four days before Christmas and the stores were not as mobbed as I expected them to be. I won’t be surprised if the financial reports of the retail season are lower than they were last year (which was pretty bad in itself.) Either that or most of the shopping that’s going on is happening on the web and not in stores.

Tonite we are going over to my grandsons’ school in Williamsport, MD, to hear their annual Christmas Concert. We did this last year as well and, while you have to be caught up in the lives of your grandchildren to believe it, the music was more than tolerable.

All the elements of the season are coming into play. What fun.


Cartoon(s) of the Week – A Time of Standards

Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press:

The Oil Industry: our Marketing Standard!

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Bruce Beattie in the Daytona Beach News-Journal:

Fox News, our Reporting Standard!

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Joel Pett in the Lexington Herald Leader:

The G.O.P., our Political Standard!

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Jim Morin in the Miami Herald:

Unwinnable Wars, our Military Standard!