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4x4 by Glenn Dec. 14 (12/21/14)
__Jessie Raines__ Cape Girardeau Retired; helps at Back Porch Antiques __What are some family traditions around Christmas?__ We like to get together and have a dinner. Just remember what the past year has done for us with hopes for the future. __What is a favorite Christmas movie or song?__ "Silent Night" is my favorite, and it brings back memories. I like "Blue Christmas" by Elvis. He's one of my favorites. __How are you doing on your Christmas shopping?__ We don't shop a lot. Everyone kind of likes checks or cash. It might not be the right size, but it's always the right color. __What is your fondest Christmas memory?__ We used to go to my grandmother's house every Christmas Eve and open presents, and it was just everyone in the family getting together. __Keith McFerren__ Cape Girardeau Owner, Headliners Barber Shop __What are some family traditions around Christmas?__ First, eat. Second would be waking up Christmas morning and open up the gifts, and third would be attend the Christmas Tournament. __What is a favorite Christmas movie or song?__ My favorite Christmas movie is ... "You'll shoot your eye out" -- "The Christmas Story." __How are you doing on your Christmas shopping?__ Haven't even started. So that's not so good. I'm pretty much a last-minute shopper. __What is your fondest Christmas memory?__ I've got a huge family so I guess every [Christmas] that everyone is there and healthy is my favorite. __Richard Spicer__ Cape Girardeau Bell-ringer for The Salvation Army __What are some family traditions around Christmas?__ Traditionally we normally have chitterlings and turkey and food like that. We set up the tree with lights and sing carols __What is a favorite Christmas movie or song?__ "Frosty the Snowman" movie, and my favorite song is "Jingle Bells." __How are you doing on your Christmas shopping?__ I haven't even started yet. __What is your fondest Christmas memory?__ I don't know -- making a snowman because that's what we normally do every year is make the snowman or make angels in the snow. __Aleshia Morley__ Bernie, Missouri Retail, Wal-Mart __What are some family traditions around Christmas?__ We put up the Christmas tree, and we make grits and grillards. I actually do it the day after Halloween. __What is a favorite Christmas movie or song?__ I like "The Nightmare Before Christmas." I always have, since I was a little kid. __How are you doing on your Christmas shopping?__ Pretty well. My husband actually bought me a piano, and I just bought him a bunch of "Star Wars" stuff. We didn't put up a tree this year, so we already gave it to each other, so we are just doing it for the rest of the family now. __What is your fondest Christmas memory?__ I think being a little kid and sleeping on the couch with my sister and just looking up at the Christmas tree.
A goldfinch finds a meal (12/21/14)
A few days ago I captured this image of an American goldfinch picking a seed from a sunflower head. Nuthatches have a reputation for being acrobatic, a talent we sometimes don't attribute to other songbirds, but this goldfinch shows great agility as well. ...
Truth-telling is not necessarily a clear-cut matter (12/21/14)
Tell the truth. Those words are not explicitly stated in the Ten Commandments, although they are broadly inferred by commandment No. 9 -- the one prohibiting false testimony against a neighbor. "Don't steal," however, is straightforwardly stated. In the 2003 best-selling book, "The Kite Runner," the author suggests that every violation ultimately comes down to stealing...
Christmas nostalgia, a bit of sadness, joy that is incomplete (12/21/14)
Now I am in the stable. I bend to touch the straw on the ground, bring a handful to my nose and breathe in deep, pick out a single piece and stick it in my mouth, bite down on the hollow stalk that tastes of something I cannot name, and salt. Where are you? Running your hand along the splintered wood of the wall? Writing your name in trough-water mud with the toe of your boot? Over petting the cow, whose coat is moist in the heat? Maybe in a moment I will join you -- I have always wanted to feel the fur, but never quite gotten close enough.. ...
Christmas: The most wonderful time of the year (12/21/14)
I'm sure no child ever loved Christmas more than I did and, thank God, the thrill of it all is still with me. When Gene Autry sings "Rudolph" and Bing Cosby reaches down into the resonance of his deep baritone voice and tells us about the "White Christmas" he sees in his dreams, it generates emotions in me that were spawned by three generations of Christmas memories...