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December 1, 2001

It must be the

It must be the Christmas season. The jolly Santa went up across the street above our neighbor's front door. Here's the view out our front window, the one I see just perfectly every night from our dining room table. Ho, ho, ho. And an early greeting to all of you, courtesy of the holiday lights on Salem Street in the North End.

December 6, 2001

Early December birthdays, and

Early December birthdays, and December 6th in particular, have been a point of connection over the years for us. Nearly thirty years ago we connected with our now dear friend, Trudy, who shares a December 6th birthday with Peter. Tomorrow we'll be leaving for Las Vegas to celebrate that day with the Gurn and Hourihan families. More recently, when we lived in Larkspur CA , Peter connected with the Sagittarius Ladies and was invited into another birthday circle. Though we won't be around to celebrate in Larkspur, we send best wishes to Helen, Sallyanne and Joan. The images provide a little Larkspur City Hall birthday cake to share, a reminder to stop by the Silver Peso for a birthday toast, and a view from Greenbrae of another Larkspur Lady. Happy Birthday all.

December 13, 2001

Our birthday visit to Las

Our birthday visit to Las Vegas was all about family and old friends who, after nearly thirty years, are close enough to just about be family as well. It had been six years since we were last all together, and the first time with the new addition of Meg and Rob's daughter, Sofia. We walked the strip, we talked, we gambled just a bit, we ate lots of food and Big Apple bagels, we hiked, we hung out and just relaxed together, during a wonderful respite weekend leading up to the usual Christmas frenzy. Worth an explanation is the shot of the hikers, who were inspired by the many real petroglyphs carved into the red rocks to pose for their own modern shadow versions. And though it wasn't France, we did meet Aunt Doris in Paris for brunch.

December 14, 2001

Here in New England it's

Here in New England it's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas - in California that is! Other than a brief snowstorm while we were off in Las Vegas, the weather has been so mild that the heartiness required to endure the cold and complete the shopping, and the beauty of a white Christmas is completely missing. I'm longing for one.

December 18, 2001

Nostalgia is setting in.

Nostalgia is setting in. This morning as I began trimming the Christmas tree, I got out the Grandma decoration I made back when the kids were little, maybe kindergarten and fourth grade. Actually I made a whole series of bakers' clay ornaments but Grandma is the only one still surviving, preserved from year to year now in a Tupperware container. And the Christmas tree lights Peter put up last night are still stored in a big red box from Steiger's, a Springfield MA department store that closed shortly after we moved away in 1983. Every year I get more sentimental, some might say sappy, pulling out the disco ball ornament a dancing friend gave me back in my Buffalo School of Movement days, the handmade angel and 'pizza on earth' I got from my sister, probably twenty years apart, and the fabric animals I pieced together and decorated with button eyes and yarn manes and tails. This year, the first that Meg is not coming home for the holiday, I'm thinking especially of her and wondering how her tree-trimming memories will begin.

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