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December, 2017

picture(1200K) Dear readers,

The year went by so fast.  Where did the time go?  How can it be Christmas?  What happened to Halloween?  Wasn't it just Labor Day?  What did I get done all year?  Really.  What did I get done all year?

Raise your hand if any of that sounds familiar.  I've been claiming for years that the older I get, the faster time goes by.  But now I'm not so sure.  I think that the older I get, the better I get at wasting time.  I used to blame eBay (early a.m. coffee time was spent in an ongoing hunt for vintage Christmas houses and figures for my mantel display).  Then I blamed cable TV (all those morning political analysts saying the same thing but taking three hours a day to do it).  Now I just blame the Internet in general (for making me go sideways when I have every intention of looking up the capital of Montana but end up reading about Twelve Different Ways to Clean Your Glass Shower Doors).

Pretty sad.  I know I'm not alone, though.  Temptations abound.  Spotify, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube -- and these are just the social media I know about.  The real list of distractions is endless, as is the list of manipulators who suck us in to them.  Sociologists are having a field day covering the ramifications.  Is this latest, youngest generation of users -- iGen, as someone has dubbed it -- really going to end up being a lost generation, more comfortable alone in their rooms with their smart phones than hanging out with friends in a mall?  (Could be, since malls are closing at a record rate.)

What we need is a Resistance.  Three cheers to all who ban devices at the dinner table -- three cheers to all who even have a dinner table -- and hats off to all who leave their phones outside their bedrooms at night (exception:  parents with kids who are actually out on dates).  There has to be a way to combat this exploding phenomenon of isolation.  We need to be less like a prison, more like a village.  We need to see and talk to and appreciate people up and down the social ladder and of all political and spiritual persuasions.  It isn't so hard to do.  It just requires opening our hearts and our minds to someone who is not us.

May you enjoy a season of shared love and peaceful moments, and a year that ends with technology having taken a back seat to real-life experiences.

To read the latest chapter of the Christmas story that has continued through a dozen years of my Christmas mantel displays, just click on the village below.  It will take you to my Christmas site, where magic awaits.

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