Monthly Archives: December 2020

Thoughts As The Year Ends

This is the end, beautiful friendThis is the end, my only friendThe end of our elaborate plansThe end of ev’rything that standsThe end – Jim Morrison, The Doors We say goodbye to 2020 as the year ends not with a bang, but with a whimper. Most people are glad to see it go, and are […]

The Song of 2020

I don’t know where the year has gone. I started this post a couple of months ago, intending to share it sometime before Christmas, and then I forgot. Yesterday I remembered, so I bumped what I had planned for today to next month. It has taken the world by storm. A simple song that has […]

Western Stars

It wasn’t what I expected. Perhaps it was better. Sometimes on the plane you don’t know what you are choosing. Bruce Springsteen’s song “Western Stars” is about am aging cowboy/actor. I had thought the movie was a dramatization, with the eponymous album as a soundtrack. I figured it would kill an hour or so on a […]

Are You In This Picture?

Is this you? Do you know any of these people? I found this undated photo in with some papers while I was in quarantine earlier this month. I have no idea who any of them are – except for me of course. (I’m the one with the beard.) Nor do I remember where or when it […]

Changing Gears in 2020

So how was your Christmas? Different wasn’t it? I’d bet it was also satisfying. It is December and people have adjusted to the restrictions. Video calls may not be ideal, but they serve a purpose when you can’t get together.  The Christmas feast tasted just as good as if there were 15 people around the […]

Boxing Day 2020 Reflections

So this is it, the biggest shopping day of the year. In Ontario the stores are closed, the province starting yet another lockdown this morning. All in the name of shutting down the pandemic. Yet we have been down this road before. There was a lockdown in the Spring, COVID-19 cases were reduced, but the […]

Merry Christmas

From my family to yours, may the peace of the Christ-child be with you not just today but always. I picked up the poster below, which lists the various names and titles of Jesus, back in the 1970s. I figured I could find an image online, and sure enough, I found this one on Amazon. […]

Christmas Eve 2020

This was going to be the year. Christmas Eve in Bethlehem. What could be more meaningful? It was one of those bucket-list type of things. And surprisingly cheap.a return flight from Basel would only be a couple of hundred dollars. We know people who know people who would have found is a cheap place to […]

One Last Time for 2020

Your last collection of COVID-19 jokes for this calendar year. Hopefully at least one will make you smile.

On The Side Street

It feels weird to have a Christmas season where people aren’t traveling. Welcome to 2020. Pretty much nothing about this year has been normal. I saw this sculpture in Heidelberg’s old town. A friend was leading us through back streets to avoid the crowds, which explains why I had never seen it before.  The sculpture […]