Favorite Christmas Music

My Christmas Gift

As often happens this time of year, during the night Paula got cold and she rolled over and gave me a hug in order to “steal my warmth” as she so wonderfully puts it.  I have been thinking the past few days of all the men who would give everything they had if their Christmas gift was to have their wife roll over and give them a hug – but their wife isn’t there any more.

No rational person would wish to go through the tests and surgeries and treatments and hospital visits and chemotherapies and all that goes with a diagnosis of breast cancer.  Yet, with all that this year has brought us I am grateful that Paula was persistent in going back to the doctors when the initial test results indicated that there was no cancer.  I’m so grateful that we had the help of all the surgeons and oncologists and nurses and all the people who make it their job to help people who are literally facing death.  I’ve been overwhelmed by the love and support of our friends and families.  I can only offer my heartfelt thanks.

And the only Christmas gift I want for the rest of my life is to be Paula’s “hot water bottle”.

Animal pictures of the week

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an ice cube filled with apples, fish and carrots at the Wilhelma Zoo in Stuttgart, Germany
Young polar bear Wilbaer, right, and his mother Corinna enjoy Wilbaer’s birthday cake: an ice cube filled with apples, fish and carrots at the Wilhelma Zoo in Stuttgart, Germany
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Penguins clad in Santa Claus costumes entertain a group of children at an amusement park in Yongin, Gyoenggi Province, South Korea
Penguins clad in Santa Claus costumes entertain a group of children at an amusement park in Yongin, Gyoenggi Province, South Korea
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A hummingbird feeds in Los Angeles
A hummingbird feeds in Los Angeles
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A snowy owl watches visitors at the zoo in Duisburg, Germany
A snowy owl watches visitors at the zoo
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A monkey picks flowers off a barbed wire fence by a road in New Delhi
A monkey picks flowers off a barbed wire fence by a road in New Delhi
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Kiara, a female African lion carries one of her cubs in their enclosure at Belgrade Zoo
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A white African lion cub, one of two born at Belgrade Zoo in Serbia, plays with another cub
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Two cubs born to a white Bengal tiger play with a ball at the Nandankanan Zoological park on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar, India
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Two tigers yawn in the zoo of Frankfurt Main, Germany
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A woman holds a sphynx cat during a cat show in Minsk, Belarus
A woman holds a sphynx cat during a cat show in Minsk, Belarus
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Frankie the cat with some of the 35 teddies and plush toys that his owner believes he has stolen from other people's homes in Swindon
Frankie the cat with some of the 35 teddies and plush toys that his owner believes he has stolen from other people’s homes in Swindon
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Henry the elderly veiled chameleon is feeling a bit off-colour - after falling off<br /> his branch and suffering a slipped disc
Henry the elderly veiled chameleon is feeling a bit off-colour – after falling off
his branch and suffering a slipped disc
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A duck which had broken its beak recovers at Wildlives Animal Rescue<br /> and Rehabilitation Centre in Thorrington, near Colchester, Essex
A duck which had broken its beak recovers at Wildlives Animal Rescue
and Rehabilitation Centre in Thorrington, near Colchester, Essex
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Deer graze on a frosty morning in Richmond Park
Deer graze on a frosty morning in Richmond Park
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Shaggy the two-year-old reindeer who has to wear a specially made reindeer toupe, after he lost his antlers during the rutting season
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Only 12 Days of Christmas

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Somebody snitched on Maryland’s North Bethesda Methodist Church. The church opened up a Christmas tree lot on its grounds on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, just as it has for the past six years. Three days later, a Montgomery County inspector showed up to tell them it’s against county ordinances to sell Christmas trees before Dec. 5. Oh, and their signs were larger than the county allows, so he shut them down.
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