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Happy Holidays

“Oh, by gosh, by jingle

it’s time for carols and Kris Kringle…”

Wishing you and yours a very Happy Holiday Season! Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!


Stream of Consciousness Saturday, #SOCS, is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt for today is ‘ingle’. Find a word that contains “ingle” and use it any way you’d like in your post.

Featured image of vintage Christmas card via PublicDomainPictures.net

Song lyrics from ‘Mistletoe and Holly’ by Faith Evans

Oath Of Integrity

There had been much rancor and raised voices on the Judiciary Committee of the US House of Representatives. As the chairman of the committee opened the debate on the Articles of Impeachment, he told the members that they could each have five minutes to make an opening statement. Many of the Democrats chose to speak about how they felt compelled to do their duty to uphold their oath of office, to defend the Constitution of the United States and preserve our democracy.  One Congressman talked about the story of Esther in the bible standing up to the king, others related that they were doing this for their grandchildren or for all the girls and boys in the country. One Congresswoman said she wanted children to know that it was important when you take an oath to follow it. Many of the members talked about growing up poor or coming to this country as immigrants and how honored and proud they were to be citizens of the the United States and elected to Congress. Congresswoman Lucy McBath shared her life story of wanting so much to be a mother and finally having a son. She dreamed of her son growing up and having a happy life. He was in a car with his friends when a man drove up, said their music was too loud, and fired 10 shots into the car killing her only child. She had come to Congress to work for gun control and other issues important to her community.  Listening to these men and women, some of my representatives, renewed my faith. They are some of the best of us.


Stream of Consciousness Saturday, #SOCS, is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt for today is to use a word that means ‘loud.’

Featured image Photo by Carol Highsmith of detail of mural ‘Government’ by Elihu Vedder via Wikimedia.org

The Key To Happiness

‘Robin’ by ianpreston on Flicker.com

“It was something like a ring of rusty iron or brass and when the robin flew up into a tree nearby she put out her hand and picked the ring up. It was more than a ring, however; it was an old key which looked as if it had been buried a long time.”-The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Still one of my favorite books, ‘The Secret Garden.’ It would be so magical to find the key to my own secret garden. I would spend hours there enjoying nature hidden away from the troubles of the world.

Wooden door in garden wall photo by Acabashi on Wikimedia.org


Stream of Consciousness Saturday, #SOCS,  is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt word for today is ‘key.’

Shades Of Deception

A white lie is said to be harmless, done to protect the other person’s feelings. A darker shade is when someone lies to your face not to protect your feelings, but to hide their own wrongdoing  and does not care that they are telling lies. Maybe they get so used to doing it that they don’t think of it as lying or it is just a version of a reality that is the most convenient for them. The darkest form of deception is to think that if you keep repeating a lie for long enough it will become the truth.


Stream of Consciousness Saturday, #SOCS,  is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt word for today is ‘shade’.

Featured image ‘Deceive-deception-lies’ by OpenClipart-Vectors via Pixabay.com

What Floats Your Soap?

Ivory soap has been around for over 100 years and it still floats.

“…we may not think about the benefit of having soap that floats. But in the late 19th century, when people were still bathing in the murky waters of local rivers and streams, a soap that floated was revolutionary.” (Ivory.com)

Ivory soap is advertised as pure and that it will float in water. The advantage being you will not have to grope around in your bathwater looking for your soap.

So it turns out what makes this soap float is air bubbles. Makes me think about something else that is full of air, hot air. Like some of the  Republican members of the Intelligence Committee.  I bet they would have no trouble at all floating in murky waters.

Owl by jennicatpink on Flickr.com


Stream of Consciousness Saturday, #SOCS, is hosted by Linda G Hill. The “prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “flyer/ad.” Look at the latest ad you got in the mail (if it’s a store flyer, choose the product right in the middle of the page) or choose the next online ad you find, and theme your post on whatever the product is.”

Featured image is a lithograph of an Ivory Soap ad restored by Adam Cuerden on Wikimedia.org.

The Time Is Right

“The time is always right to do the right thing”-Martin Luther King Jr.

It is hard to write about light things because I have been very disturbed over the goings on in my country. Part of me just wants to close my eyes to the bad in the world and think only of happy endings. What is more upsetting to me is that many in positions of leadership lack integrity. They want to gloss over and justify all the wrong doing so they can stay in power.


Stream of Consciousness Saturday, #SOCS,  is hosted by Linda G Hill. The “prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is ‘ght.’ Find a word that contains the letters ‘ght’ in that order, and use it any way you’d like. Bonus points if you use three or more different words containing those letters. ”

Featured image ‘The Muse at Sunrise’ by Alphonse Osbert (1918) via Plum leaves on Flickr.com

Assorted Nuts

I remember my maternal grandmother telling me that she had harvested walnuts in Northern California. Nowadays, the harvest is done by machines. Some brief research tells me that California grows most of the walnuts in the US and that the English Walnut was brought to California by the Spanish padres in the late 1700s. We used to get tangerines and whole walnuts in the shell in our Christmas stockings along with peppermint candy canes. Turns out this is an old European custom, ( the tangerines or oranges and walnuts). My maternal grandmother was English and I think the tradition was passed down from her. It’s been pretty nuts here in California recently with all the fires popping up North and South. I still have a suitcase packed in case of emergency. I like to think the fires will skip our town since we had them just last year and had to be evacuated. It’s a real shell game though and we can not take it for granted that we will be spared. Hope the rain comes early this year.


Stream of Consciousness Saturday, #SOCS,  is hosted by Linda G Hill. Today’s prompt word is ‘nuts.’

Featured image of ‘bulk nuts’ by Kazvarpal on Wikimedia.org