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Christmas Eve 2017

From 2016.  But this year of 2017, my annual tradition has even more meaning than before.  My son is now 18 years old, and my daughter 22 and newly graduated from college, and the turmoils of the world make me fear for them both.  Please read all the way through for my personal message from last year.

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As always, Around the Grid upholds its Christmas Eve tradition — here is Bing Crosby and David Bowie from 1977, performing their famous duet, “The Little Drummer Boy / Peace on Earth.”  This was the last Christmas special Bing did before his death.

Almost every time I write an article in these pages, I use my “signature” graphic, which bids you all peace.  It has several meanings for me:  the earthly dream, sung of by two wonderful musicians above, and the more lasting, eternal peace we greet each other with in the Episcopal Church (as well as other liturgical churches).  Peace on earth has been a dream for my generation — those of us who still remember our dreams of that time — since our youth in the Sixties and Seventies, and sought by people of goodwill around the world for hundreds of generations.

Nearly forty years after these singers, now both sadly dead, performed this song — which has become a holiday classic in its own right — the world still reels on through conflict and hatred, and the dream of peace among all peoples seems elusive, more of a pipe dream than a reality.  But I have to believe that there is still hope for peace — both the kind we think of, between each other, and the sharing of the true peace of God, “which passes all understanding,” no matter how each of us perceives God in our minds and faiths.  Perhaps, on the day we achieve earthly peace, the peace of the Earthly Paradise will be made at last apparent to us all, and that other serenity become the true inheritance of us all ….

Every child must be made aware
Every child must be made to care
Care enough for his fellow man
To give all the love that he can

May you and yours have a merry, meaningful and — most of all — hopeful Christmas season.

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Tea Time in Dublin

It’s that time of year again, when all the world begins turning green — and I’m not talking about how close spring is to officially starting.  Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day; and, as you have one red-haired cailín on hand here with a severe case of Celtophilia, and another lass willing to go along with her — well, here we are again.  We don’t quite have shamrocks tucked behind our ears, and we won’t be swilling green-dyed beer anytime soon, Second Life  or Real Life.  (Green beer’s an Americanism, anyways, and barbarous at the best of times.)  That doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun with green stylin’.

Turn the page for the verdant details.

“Laissez le bon temps rouler!”

mardi-gras

Bienvenue sur le Rue Bourbon, dans le ville de La Nouvelle-Orléans!  At this time of year, the biggest parties of the world are held in Mobile, Rio de Janiero, the Caribbean islands, and especially to American minds, in New Orleans, where Mardi Gras provides the traditional closeout to the church calendar season of Epiphany.  Jem and I took it a little farther than short tops and tons of beads this year; it looks like we should be on a float for one of the famous Crewes!

And no, Peter Minuet, we won’t flash you our boobs for beads.  (Laughing)

Full-size photo (1920 / 16:9 wallpaper size) at Flickr

What are we wearing? Turn the page and see.

Christmas 2016

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Merry Christmas!

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Christmas Eve 2016

As always, Around the Grid upholds its Christmas Eve tradition — here is Bing Crosby and David Bowie from 1977, performing their famous duet, “The Little Drummer Boy / Peace on Earth.”  This was the last Christmas special Bing did before his death.

Almost every time I write an article in these pages, I use my “signature” graphic, which bids you all peace.  It has several meanings for me:  the earthly dream, sung of by two wonderful musicians above, and the more lasting, eternal peace we greet each other with in the Episcopal Church (as well as other liturgical churches).  Peace on earth has been a dream for my generation — those of us who still remember our dreams of that time — since our youth in the Sixties and Seventies, and sought by people of goodwill around the world for hundreds of generations.

Nearly forty years after these singers, now both sadly dead, performed this song — which has become a holiday classic in its own right — the world still reels on through conflict and hatred, and the dream of peace among all peoples seems elusive, more of a pipe dream than a reality.  But I have to believe that there is still hope for peace — both the kind we think of, between each other, and the sharing of the true peace of God, “which passes all understanding,” no matter how each of us perceives God in our minds and faiths.  Perhaps, on the day we achieve earthly peace, the peace of the Earthly Paradise will be made at last apparent to us all, and that other serenity become the true inheritance of us all….

Every child must be made aware
Every child must be made to care
Care enough for his fellow man
To give all the love that he can

May you and yours have a merry, meaningful and — most of all — hopeful Christmas season.

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For Our Veterans

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Harper put up an excellent pair of pieces for her Veterans Day writing this week, but I decided to do something of my own.  In Canada, we call this Remembrance Day, and it’s more specifically to honour the soldiers and sailors who have fallen, like America’s Memorial Day, since the day’s origin lies in the end of what was then called the Great War, now World War I.  The Flanders poppy in my lapel derives from the poppies that dotted the northern European landscape, thus the inspiration for Canadian army doctor John McCrae’s “In Flanders Fields.”

Je me souviens….

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Thriller

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It’s close to midnight and something evil’s lurking in the dark
Under the moonlight you see a sight that almost stops your heart
You try to scream but terror takes the sound before you make it
You start to freeze as horror looks you right between the eyes
You’re paralyzed

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‘Cause this is thriller, thriller night
And no one’s gonna save you from the beast about to strike
You know it’s thriller, thriller night
You’re fighting for your life inside a killer, thriller tonight

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Welcome to New Jericho, a “city of the future” built in a ring-habitat style, and home to thousands of people working, recreating, and (most important) doing research.  It’s just that someone has apparently been doing research on the Wrong Thing….

If you’re curious, grab your plasma rifle, put on your running shoes, and follow the red arrows.  And have sharp eyes — you’ll never know when something pops out at you…and they want to do more than just go “Boo!”

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La Marseillaise

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Allons enfants de la Patrie,
Le jour de gloire est arrivé!
Contre nous de la tyrannie,
L’étendard sanglant est levé, (bis)
Entendez-vous dans les campagnes
Mugir ces féroces soldats?
Ils viennent jusque dans vos bras
Égorger vos fils, vos compagnes!

Aux armes, citoyens,
Formez vos bataillons,
Marchons, marchons!
Qu’un sang impur
Abreuve nos sillons!

“La Marseillaise,” first verse

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We seem to be marking national holidays this month, so I figure I’d better do something for the home of great fashion, great food, great bicycling, and a whole lot of other greats.  There was a lot of struggle before all that, though.

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By Jean-Pierre HouëlBibliothèque nationale de France, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=106405

July 14 is known in France as Bastille Day, and is considered their “Independence Day.”  In short, in 1789, the people of Paris got sick of King Louis XVI’s rule of them, and began trying to take matters into their own hands.  The whole history is a lot more complex than just that one-line piece of glibness, and I’d suggest you read it if you don’t remember your world-history classes.  But, as part of it, afraid that Louis would send in the army against them, the Parisians stormed the Bastille, the huge fortress-prison in the city, and took the arms and gunpowder held there.  It was their Lexington and Concord, and essentially sparked the beginning of the French Revolution.  That led in the long run to freedom, the right to vote, regicide, and eventually Napoleon.  France has actually gone through five republics since then, but this fifth one seems to be holding.

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The national colors are blue, white and red (Thank you, Captain Picard), and so I’ve tried to use those colors in my outfit and makeup.  The sundress is from, fittingly, Petit Chat.  I did manage to pull of all three colors in my shoes from KC Couture, since they came with a left and right shoe; I put both on and selected blue metal, then took one off and selected red metal, and put the off one back on.  Voilà.

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I’m wearing:

  • Skin: Amacci Tyne (Cream – 01 Natural)
  • Eyes: Poetic Colors classic (cosmic dawn (l) bright)
  • Hair: rezology Butterfly 069
  • Attachments: SLink Avatar Enhancement Feet Deluxe and Casual Hands
  • Dress: Petit Chat Gleam (blue)
  • Shoes: KC Couture Stefy wedges
  • Jewelry: Kunglers Elizabeta necklace (Silver / blue topaz) and Shani earrings (Blue Opal)
  • Makeup: SlackGirl Naja (01); MONS Showy lipstick (rose); Arte Glamorous Eyebrows (ash blonde)

Photographed in Costa Nero region

(Harper will get the links added later when she has a chance; I have to scoot for work — a different deadline! Check back tomorrow, if not tonight.)

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Happy Fourth of July!

Harper said she always tries to do a 4th of July article and photo.

Harper said it would be fun.

Harper said it would be patriotic.

Harper said it would be great exposure for us.

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