Giving isn’t a season

This time of year is traditionally known as the “Season of Giving.”

But why does giving need a season?

Hunger isn’t seasonal.

Nor poverty, nor homelessness, nor illiteracy, etc. etc.

When the calendar turns to 2023 and we all get back to the hustle & bustle and “routines” of our lives, unfortunately, hunger will still exist, and poverty, and homelessness, and illiteracy…

These are challenges we face 365 days of every year.

First, if you are a giver at all, at any time, any amount – THANK YOU for being a giver – YOU MATTER!

But no matter your favorite cause(s) or organization(s), here’s what I’d like you to consider during this “Season of Giving”…

  1. Turn your annual gift into monthly gifts

  2. Stretch your giving a bit, you won’t regret it

  3. Consider making a multi-year commitment to at least one organization

  4. Teach your children about the power of giving – whether it be time, treasure and/or talent

  5. Make volunteering part of your weekly or monthly routine


Is it Soccer or Futbol?

You been watching the World Cup?

If not, it’s actually very entertaining and I am enjoying it.

Just love the energy and the enthusiasm around the event.

But mostly, I love seeing the spirit of competition and sport bringing different people & nations together. Like the Olympics, it’s proof, as humans, we are more alike than different.

But that’s not what this blog post is about.

It’s about the game of soccer, or futbol or soccer, which one is it?

No matter what you call it, this sport seems to have a personality of its own, uniqueness or shall I say, quirkiness.

I mean…

First, we can’t even agree on the name of the sport for crying out loud.

They play on a “pitch,” come on, it’s a field, a pitch is what you throw in baseball.

Are they really hurt, or not? This might be my biggest beef about the sport.

            I don’t need to watch soccer, or futbol for drama, just get up, rub some dirt on it or play on.

            What’s that saying about crying wolf?

The game is timed but it really doesn’t matter what the clock says. Even with “added time,” the game doesn’t officially end when the clock strikes “0,” it seems the ref decides that.

            And why does the clock run backwards?

When they play an exhibition game, they call it a “friendly,” I thought friendly was an adjective.

Many games end in a tie, really? Oh, and they get “credit” for a tie. What?

So you run around for 90 plus minutes and you’re ok leaving it a tie?

All this being said, it IS the most popular sport in the world.

Tune in, the World Cup is going to get even more exciting over the next few weeks.

Go USA! Oh wait…


Holiday movie quotes which will stand the test of time

  • “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” – Elf

  • “Just because I cannot see it, doesn’t mean I can’t believe it!” – The Nightmare Before Christmas

  • “Am I just eating because I’m bored?” — The Grinch

  • “We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corn and syrup.” – Elf

  • “You can mess with a lot of things, but you can’t mess with kids on Christmas.” – Home Alone 2

  • “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?” – A Charlie Brown Christmas

  • “The thing about trains… it doesn’t matter where they’re going. What matters is deciding to get on.” – The Polar Express

  • “A toy is never truly happy until it is loved by a child.” – Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer

  • “I planned out our whole day. First, we’ll make snow angels for two hours, then we’ll eat a whole roll of Toll House cookie dough as fast as we can, and then we’ll snuggle.” – Elf

  • “There’s a certain magic that comes with the very first snow. For when the first snow is also a Christmas snow, well, something wonderful is bound to happen.” – Frosty the Snowman

  • “And we’re going to have the hap-hap-happiest Christmas.” – Christmas Vacation

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