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'Twas The War Before Christmas

Sunday, December 21, 2014



Every Christmas season for many years we've been told there is a "war on Christmas." It has caused many to rush into stores and scream at cashiers to say "Merry Christmas," or else!



But is that really the way to win a 'war on Christmas', real or imaginary?



Is this really the 'glad tidings of great joy' that the angels once proclaimed at Christ's birth?



Us cashiers are under a lot of pressure in the Christmas season,



caught in the midst of the insanity,



Tired and worn out, we have enough troubles without any adding to them. Instead, let us demonstrate the spirit of Christmas!



One way is showing kindness, a little kindness goes a long way to these weary clerks and shoppers.



Just like Glen Campbell sang long ago:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaCBTSQZq1E

Yes, Virginia, there is a war on Christmas, but not as Bill O'Reilly screams about.



It's far more diabolical than a few stores saying "Happy Holidays."



It's the dark spirit that sucks all the merriment out of Christmas.



I rarely see a smile in the madness that is the Christmas rush.



Indeed, in the past few years, we've been fighting the "war on Christmas" on the wrong battlefield.

There are many for which Christmas is not merry at all.



For many, it's a sad, lonely time.





Rather than spreading hate,



we should be spreading the hope that Christmas is all about.



Lessening the loneliness,



bringing the light of Christmas to a dark time.



Being Santa to those who he doesn't always come, whose stockings are usually empty.



sort of like in this classic cartoon:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=gks-Qk8BEdw

Indeed, when I hear of the cultural war , I want to respond as Linus did to Charlie Brown:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=oF-VmHtRvnA

After all, nobody squawked in 1942 when Bing Crosby sang this song

www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ODypHG57kQ

in the classic movie Holiday Inn.



After all, isn't the word "holiday" short for holy day?



See, you can't keep God out if you tried! He comes in no matter what any can do!

So, let's spread the glad tidings of great joy that the angels once proclaimed.



Like Linus once proclaimed to Charlie Brown;

www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKk9rv2hUfA

Then, we do win the war on Christmas, and on the right battlefield.

So, Merry Christmas, and may it truly be merry for you.

  
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LINDAK25 12/21/2014 9:34PM

    Loved your blog. Have a Merry Christmas!

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MARYBETH4884 12/21/2014 4:50PM

    Well said! Thank you!

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MM11113 12/21/2014 4:10PM

    I don't care what the secular world is doing about the winter holidays. For sure, I have NO control of it.

I can decorate and sing carols and privately prepare for Christmas.

I no longer go out of my way to 'gift' everybody. For several years now, I have taken a vacation, and more or less, run away from it all. We are staying home this year, and today is the 21st. I haven't bought a thing for presents for daughter or grandson.

I enjoy the season much better if I just let it all go on around me, and do things my way.

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I Greatly Appreciate You!

Monday, October 13, 2014



I just want to take a moment to say how much I appreciate all of you that have given such kind comments on my blogs!



You are all so awesome!



The comments really warm my heart.



Don't worry if the responses are big or small,



or just an emoticon,

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They mean a lot to me.



Even the smallest kindness is appreciated,





After all, didn't Jesus say once:



You may be asking, why do I say all this?



There's a reason. I was once harshly criticized because my responses were so short.



I tried to explain to that person that the comments, no matter how short, were kindly meant and meant to encourage.



even if it is just one word.



But I couldn't get through,



I had to give it up as a lost cause.



And break the tie.



After all, I surround myself with encouragers.



That bring out the best in me.



and not the stress in me.

I learned a lesson from that, how I treat other people, I never want to treat others like I was treated.

So, I learn that and treat others like I would be treated.



So, all I can do is forgive this person



After all,



And now I come full circle to you wonderful people.



I love you all.



and...I appreciate you.








  
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LINDAK25 10/17/2014 3:59PM

    I'm sorry someone gave you a bad time. I don't always have a lot to say on someone's blog, but I do want to give encouragement or understanding. Glad you don't mind if I just say something short or emoticon

Just want to tell you how wonderful I feel your blogs are.

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Sorry someone was critical but I am glad that are surrounding yourself with people who are caring supporting and understanding!!!

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    I love the thought you put into your blogs!

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SUSIEMT 10/14/2014 9:40AM

    I loved this blog! I gotta give you a (((HUG)))

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    Love this, thank you!

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    The only thing better than your blog would be to get to hug you in person!

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TRANSFORM-ABBY 10/13/2014 11:43PM

    So glad I ran by! A great word of encouragement, and so good to know that in a rush, if all I can do is post a emoticon or a emoticon that is ok with us! BLESSings, Darlene

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So I'm Not a Millionare, But....

Sunday, October 12, 2014



I'm not a millionare, but I'm rich in many ways.



I've been putting myself down for some time these past two years,



because I used to be in Onderland,



but I regained 40 pounds from 207 to 247



I was really starting to hate myself again.



That is until last week when I went to the doctor.



I expected her to yell at me for being such a failure, regaining 40 pounds,



but instead she complimented me. Telling me I had accomplished much by taking off 67 pounds and keeping it off, instead of gaining it ALL back!



It goes to show that the thing about the half full/half empty glass can be true at times.



but...



but...

but...

Awww, come on!



All right, smart aleck, I get the point!



I needed that compliment



to realize I'm awesome as I am now!



And that's a great encouragement to accepting myself and able to move on.





Even my Royals are headed for the World Series, it seems.



so as the poem goes, God is in His heaven and all is right with the world.



I'm so happy again.





  
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LINDAK25 10/17/2014 3:54PM

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STILLWATERSSB 10/14/2014 11:11AM

    Very inspiring! Congrats on the good report!

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DANNIELLEFIT 10/14/2014 1:33AM

    I love your pictures in your blogs. It's a unique idea. It's refreshing to find someone doing something different from the rest. Great job!

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    Great blog!
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PATTISTAMPS 10/13/2014 12:24PM

    Love it, Marc! Yes, you are so right... I only lost 40 pounds, and regained 20 (but still had a long way to go to get to goal) But just the fact that I am back on track, and will have that 20 gone by the end of the year - that is HUGE! And the fact that you kept off so much weight is HUGE! You can do this! WE can do this!!!

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2LABS2LOVE 10/13/2014 6:59AM

    emoticon very cute blog!

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SEAGLASS1215 10/13/2014 5:22AM

    Love this blog!

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FLEMIDG 10/13/2014 12:40AM

    Awesome blog. You're doing great.

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REGILIEH 10/12/2014 9:51PM

    You ARE emoticon and VERY sweet!

Hugs!

Anne

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DALID414 10/12/2014 9:26PM

    I love the pictures you add to your blogs

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Go Royals!!!

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Go ahead, call me crazy!

Sunday, October 05, 2014



All right, call me crazy!



But I need a little craziness.



I know, it's not even Halloween yet!



But belive it or not, I'm starting to put my Christmas decorations up.



But it's the only time my poky little apartment looks cheerful.



So, like the song goes, I need a little Christmas, right this very minute. I've been watching Christmas videos since September.



So I'm a little loony.



But I'm dancing for joy to see those things going up in my place.



Maybe I'm part elf, LOL!





So there!



  
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STILLWATERSSB 10/14/2014 11:13AM

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B-LYNN1ST 10/8/2014 1:57AM

    I love you, Marc. When I need a smile, when I need a big laugh; I know just were to luck up and find them. Right here on your page! emoticon Thank you so much for sharing your Crazy blog, because I wanted to put my Christmas emoticon tree up the other day.

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AURORADAWN5 10/6/2014 10:35PM

    I don't normally start with the Christmas music and decorating until after Remembrance Day on Nov 11th but I confess I picked up a couple of Christmas CDs at Value Village on the weekend, and I've started my Christmas shopping. It was always my Mom's favourite time of the year. Bet if she were alive she'd be sneaking in the occasional Christmas album from time to time. Enjoy. It'll be here before you know it.

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PURPLEPEONY 10/6/2014 9:19PM

    So it begins...
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RICKI157 10/6/2014 2:54PM

    emoticon Enjoy Being YOU!!!!!
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4KWALK 10/6/2014 2:06PM

    You are not crazy just a bit early. But it's your place - decorate it how and when you want. Everyone is unique and everyone has a different sense of timing. I think you are pretty special.

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PRIZM96 10/6/2014 12:59PM

    I absolutely LOVE it!!!

And I totally look like Buddy when I see the Christmas decorations come out!!!

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LINDAK25 10/6/2014 8:38AM

    Yup, we all need a little Christmas, right this very minute! It's good to be a little crazy, isn't it?

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    I was listening to Christmas music over the weekend! emoticon I'd just as soon skip Halloween entirely and go straight to Thanksgiving. Crazy is wonderful! Have a great week!

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KANOE10 10/6/2014 7:52AM

    Being a bit crazy is a good thing. Enjoy the spirit of Xmas whenever you want!

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SNOWINSUMMER07 10/6/2014 4:40AM

    This blog is so true. Sometimes I speak with my mom and ask her, "Why don't I understand why people do that?" She says all people are different and that makes total sense, but I keep asking. lol

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DALID414 10/6/2014 1:02AM

    I actually hate seeing the Halloween AND Christmas decorations at the stores in September!! I can't get into the Christmas spirit until AFTER Thanksgiving!

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RTFFJB70 10/6/2014 12:13AM

    emoticon and you are NOT crazy! My parents house in WI had a basement and so we had a Christmas tree downstairs and one upstairs. The downstairs one was artificial so we just kept it up all year round! And, the basement was turned into a rec room so we had a bar, pool table, juke box, etc. and there were Christmas lights hung up above the bar area. I LOVE Christmas!!! emoticon

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CALAMITIE 10/5/2014 11:51PM

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GRANDMABABA 10/5/2014 11:44PM

    So true. A bit of crazy is a good thing! Have a great week!

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Go Mustangs! Face the Challenge!

Friday, September 19, 2014



This is my first blog in months, and my first with the Midnight Mustangs! I am determined to go the distance in this, and am excited about the challenge.



The BLC 26 challenge is met!



www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4LK1
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I previously 2 years ago, met my own challenge and lost over 100 pounds. The last few years, I stalled, lost my steam and gained back 40 pounds. But now, it's back to Onderland or bust!



That's what this challenge means to me. Regaining lost ground, or should I say re-losing gained ground?





So I'm up for the race!



www.youtube.com/watch?v=qey04
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Go Midnight Mustangs!



  
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B-LYNN1ST 9/27/2014 10:33AM

    emoticon This was a wonderful recharge. Thank for sharing your blog.
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    Motivating! You can do it!!!

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    Awesome to hear from you again! I wish you the very best luck this round--the Mustangs are a good team. emoticon

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REGILIEH 9/20/2014 1:44PM

    You WILL do it! I have complete trust in you! Go! Go! Go!

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PRIZM96 9/20/2014 1:21PM

    I love it, Marc! I'm so excited to have you on our team this round! I'm re-losing lost weight also. Bummer! But let's get to it!

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    Glad you're back and going strong!

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The group is simply fantastic and I know we are all going to make amazing strides in our weight loss journeys. I love all the accompanying pictures and the positive vibes you have laced through out. I'm so excited for the challenges that are too come too emoticon

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    Ride on to victory!

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