thankful Thursday

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Today I am thankful for Christmas music.

I have 6 hours and 11 minutes of it downloaded onto my iphone.

It's mostly Christmas music that popular artists have done

and not so much of the typical Bing Crosby/Frank Sinatra

although I do have some of that as well.

Perry Como's Ave Maria was my Grammy's favorite.

I like to listen to it on my headphones while I'm on the train

or when I get off the train in Boston and walk to get coffee

before going in to work.

It makes me see all the people in a special light.

Like I have some glimpse into their lives.

The folks dressed up for work, or dressed in scrubs on their way home

from work at MGH, or walking their children to school, or heading to the gym...

even the homeless people who gather in Government Center

seem magical somehow when I can hear Bob Dylan 

singing Silent Night as I walk past them.

I know...Christmas music doesn't actually solve any problems

and it's not even Thanksgiving

Still though....

it's kind of a cool thing to hear nothing but Chuck Berry singing 

Merry Christmas Baby.

And, happy birthday to my Grammy who was born on 29 November, 1898.

I have her eyes...and her love of Ave Maria.


  1. I like your first picture. You make the Christmas season seem so warm and cozy! Perry Como was my mom's favorite. She said he always kept his barbering license current, in case fame abandoned him and he had to return to being a barber. Your grandma was beautiful!

  2. I knew it! I remember you so well, and how you looked. Then you left, and I felt so badly for you. I have never forgotten about you. I am so happy to see you back! I remember that you had another blog as well. Yes, I was off from blogging for over a month, two different times. My husband got melanoma and had to have his face reconstructed in another state. Then this last June, I had part of my colon removed, and ended up in I.C.U. with blood transfusions. You look just as young as to used to! Welcome back! I am so glad you found me!

  3. Lovely portrait of your grandmother.

  4. Wow! The resemblance to your grandmother is remarkable!


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