This is Marriage

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The other day, a friend of mine asked how we are doing since Michelle died, and the truth is that we are doing OK. We have both been kind of surprised (and honestly, wondering if there is something wrong with us) because we haven’t had the gut-wrenching aftermath reaction that we were expecting.

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Perceptions

Many years ago, when the girls were much younger, I ran across a wonderful book called “Many Moons” by James Thurber.  It is the story of a young princess who falls ill one day after a “surfeit of raspberry tarts”.  The Royal Physician sends for her father the King, who tells her that he will get her anything that her heart desires.  The princess tells the King that if she can have the moon, “I will be well again”.

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The Man Cold Cometh….

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Well, The Thing That Will Not Die has reared its ugly head once again:
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My Advent Calendar of Music – Day #25: Songs for Christmas Day


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Gets me every time…

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My Advent Calendar of Music – Day #24: The Night Before Christmas

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And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed….And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem….To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. (Luke 2:1-7 KJV)

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My Advent Calendar of Music – Day #24: The Day Before Christmas

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Happy day before Christmas! I had a bit of a conundrum with today’s musical selections. I ended up with many selections which lend themselves to “Christmas Eve”; some deal with the “Santa Claus” aspect of Christmas, while others celebrate the TRUE meaning of the Christmas season – the birth of Jesus; God come down to live with Man.

The two styles of songs didn’t really “mesh” for the mood that I was trying to set, so I’ve done something different today – this post features more “secular” songs; Part II is more reflective.

Today’s first song is about someone who is missing the one that they love on Christmas Eve – “Merry Christmas, Darling”, sung by Karen Carpenter:
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My Advent Calendar of Music – Day #23: A Trio of Very Intelligent Gentlemen

When I was a kid, I loved this song, but it took me FOREVER to finally get the rhythm down right when I would sing it without accompaniment! Of course, in church, we sang it reverently, but there have been some really rollicking versions released in recent years; I hope you like today’s musical choices!

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