Hi fans.  Hello?  Anyone out there?  Anybody notice I’ve been silent lately?   Anyone? 

I’ve been getting tan and lazy on Estero Island in the Gulf of Mexico for a week.  Didn’t get near a computer except to check in at work and read one or two movie reviews (I think Roger Ebert is the best writer of all the movie critics).  Mostly sat in the sun on white sand and read “Flags of our Fathers;” which is an excellent book, by the way.  Or strolled the beach with my wife, looking for shells and enjoying the view.  Or going out to (over)eat lots of delicious food.

Tuesday night we stood on the sand watching the sun sink slowly into the Gulf (you’d think there’d be a loud hissing sound and lots of steam when it hit the water); Wednesday night I watched the sun set into the bare trees on the western edge of my property while shoveling snow off my driveway.  I’m still trying to decide which one I liked better.

More to come… I just didn’t want anyone thinking I’d dropped out.


I have a confession to make: I’m a bibliophile.  I’m never

without a book, I’m never inbetween books (that implies

 “not currently reading anything”) .  When I’m getting

close to finishing one I line up the next one, so I can have a

smooth transition–not a ripple in the water.  I guess that

makes me a chain reader.  


I don’t know what I’d do if I didn’t have books.  Sometimes

someone will tell me they don’t read very much, or they

can’t remember the last book they read, and I look at them

like they were an alien life form.  That’s as unfathomable to

me as breathing hydrochloric acid.  “What!?  You… you

don’t READ?”


I feel sorry for people who don’t like to read but spend hours

each week watching TV.  Granted, they can make me look

pretty dumb in a TV trivia contest, but I think–in turn–TV

makes THEM look pretty dumb just in general.  Personal

opinion.  Groucho Marx once said, “I find TV very educational. 

Every time someone turns one on, I go in the other room and

read a book.”


I haven’t tried any of the e-books yet, although they look

intriguing.  But I do love the look, feel, smell, and even sound

of a book, so I think I’d miss all that.  Any Kindle or Sony

Reader owners out there who want to sound off?


It’s Christmastime, so after supper each night I read from

a little book that tells stories of true Christmas miracles. 

Poignant, inspirational, sometimes amazing, sometimes a

little hokey–they run the gamut.  But it wouldn’t be Christmas

in our home without something being read each evening. 


What are some of your Christmas traditions?