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Opine Needles - Merry Christmas 2012

The picture in today’s blog is taken from my living room window in Colorado.

No time for rancor on Christmas day!

As we look back on 2012, there is little that occurred for which we will be eternally grateful. We are in a fiscal and political quagmire, and our President refuses to lead. Turmoil in the middle east continues to rage, as the Arab spring forward looks more like the Arab fall back into the abyss. There is more economic and global uncertainty facing the United States than in any time since World War II. Superstorm Sandy has rekindled the frenetic fires of the climate change crowd, and the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut has once again placed gun control front and center in the national spotlight. 2013 will be a very, very challenging year to say the least.

The picture in today’s blog is taken from my living room window in Colorado. It’s Christmas, it’s snowing, and my whole family is here, drinking hot chocolate and arguing with one another. What else can a dad ask for?!

So it is in times such as these that we must take deep breaths and put things in perspective. As depressing as the real world is, it is reduced to relative irrelevance by the sublime hug from a daughter, or the omniscient smirk from a teenage son.

The picture in today’s blog is taken from my living room window in Colorado. It’s Christmas, it’s snowing, and my whole family is here, drinking hot chocolate and arguing with one another. What else can a dad ask for?! Anyway, a decorated Christmas tree and stockings hanging over the fireplace are like silencers.

We’ll have plenty time in the weeks and months ahead to despair over events largely out of our control. These next few days, we can exert our influence. So let’s make the best of them! I wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and best wishes for a wonderful few days with your families.

Be well-

  • Bill

    Hi Jim,

    Merry Christmas Jim, to you and your family. We are enjoying christmas Eve with one of five kids and his darling wife in California. The rest are scattered around the USA with friends and/or the rest of the family. I so remember when all the family was together in the 60′s throught the 90′s and set the standard for my appreciation of the love we all share during this special time. it seemed so simple when they were young.

    Luckily all 5 of our kids watch every Christmas movie from White Christmas to Christmas Vacation. Christmas has always been a bonding time, and we have been thankful for this special family time together over the years. Although Christmas should be celebrated for the birth of Christ, if it brings families together in any way, someone higher than us has helped make us all better citizens and better people.

    Thank you so much for your dedication to illuminating how our world is so challenged with governmental changes that makes our Founding Fathers shudder about the years ahead. Keep up challenging us to speak out and preserve the ideals that helped build our great nation.

    All the best to you, your family and your friends this Holiday Season,

    Bill & josie