A pet owner’s most dreadful day

Despite good times with friends and family this holiday season, there was an undercurrent of sadness and anxiety when we thought about our dog, Zoe. We knew a pet owner’s most dreadful day was approaching. We postponed the inevitable doing things we said we’d never do, e.g. putting her in diapers and pretending it was a normal […]

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Joy to the World!

Luke 2:2-20, New International Version (NIV) 2 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register. 4 So Joseph also went up from the […]

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What is joyful about living in darkness?

On Winter Solstice the sun rose at 7:09 a.m. and set at 3:45 p.m, marking Maine’s shortest day. The clock still ticked through 24 hours, but we groped around in the dark for most of them. Darkness has gotten a bad reputation, associated with evil, fear, and gloom. Apparently I’m missing some depressed brain cells, because living in […]

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Can the generic holiday steal Christmas?

There is a lot of emphasis today about ensuring that the Holiday-That-Happens-on-December-25th is generic. I was curious about this, and contacted the Boss of All Holidays, also known as BAH. I scooped an exclusive interview for Shallow Reflections™, and I think you’ll find his or her observations all-encompassing. Me: Why is it so important to avoid […]

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Flavonoids: Fruit of the Groin

It’s that time of the month again, when I publish on The Nudge Wink Report about health and more. This is what I posted on the site today. December 1st was World Aids Day, which has promoted awareness about the disease since 1988. It was also Giving Tuesday, and I’m glad this unfortunate alignment won’t happen again for a few […]

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