Author: Daimion

Reflections on Christmas: The Best Of Who We Are

Reflections on Christmas: The Best Of Who We Are

Sitting there on Christmas night, listening to carols by the light of the tree, I kept telling myself I should get up and go to bed.  It was after 2:00AM and it had been a long day.  The thing was – it had been a great Christmas and I really didn’t want it to end.  It’s curious, that – finding moments in time and wishing they could last forever; holding on to the assurance of “now” and avoiding the uncertainty of “later”.  I really didn’t want Christmas to end this year.  “Maybe just one more song…”

 

This was probably the last year my son will believe in Santa Claus.  Truth be told, I think he may have figured it out already, but I can’t be sure.  Knowing this was likely the last year he would truly see Christmas through a child’s eyes, I couldn’t help but be a little melancholy.  Christmas will still be special – but something will never be the same for him after this year.  A piece of his youth will pass away into memory, and he’ll never be able to quite recapture that feeling again. 

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Hold On To The Nights

Hold On To The Nights

Have you ever had one of those moments when a song comes on the radio and, in an instant, you find yourself in another time and another place?  Just a few seconds of music and you begin to relive a fragment of your past with perfect clarity?  The sights, the sounds, the smells – everything comes rushing back to you?

 

I had one of those moments last week while on my way to the airport to catch a flight.  As I came barreling into the parking lot, “Hold On To The Nights” by Richard Marx came on the radio – and just like that, I was back in high school.  It was a moment that took me by surprise with its suddenness and intensity – and it brought my mad dash to the airport to a screeching halt.   

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Zombie University – It could save your life

Zombie University – It could save your life

As we all get ready for the Holiday season, it’s important to be prepared.  The chances of a zombie outbreak are always greater when you find yourself in a shopping mall.  As you all get out to brave the masses over the next few weeks, make sure you are alert for signs of the undead.  For those not as conversant in all things zombie, I’ve found an informative and video to teach you Zombies 101.  Please take time to watch this video and share it with your family and friends.  It could be the difference between becoming a survivor and becoming bait.

 

Ten Things I’m Thankful For This Year – 2011

Ten Things I’m Thankful For This Year – 2011

Last year I shared with you ten things I was thankful for on Thanksgiving.  It gave me an opportunity to sit down and reflect on the year and really served to start my day off well.  So, in the spirit of giving, I’ve decided to make it an annual event and share ten more things I’m thankful for this year.  It’s not an exhaustive list (and I’m still thankful for almost everything from last year’s list), so consider this more an expansion of that list, not a replacement.  Either way, I hope you enjoy it. 

  • I’m thankful for the new opportunities and challenges I’ve been given this year.  I’m not one to enjoy standing still – it’s good to have motion in my life.


  • I’m thankful for the support of my family and friends.  Those new opportunities have come with a healthy dose of change – and without the support of those closest to me, I wouldn’t have even considered them.


  • I’m thankful that my wife has a love of scrapbooking.  She is capturing so many moments, both large and small, that we will be able to savor again and again like a fine wine in our old age.


  • I’m thankful for the time I got to spend with my grandfather before he passed away this year.  Saying goodbye is never easy – but it’s far better than not getting the chance to say anything at all.


  • I’m thankful for the light in my daughter’s eyes as she greets me at the door when I get home from work each night.  It always makes my day better.


  • I’m thankful for books.  I am still able to lose myself in them every single day.  They open up new worlds to me, provide me with an escape when I need it most, and make me think about the world around me.  They’ve helped me meet some very cool people over the last 18 months.


  • I’m thankful for my grandmother’s strawberry cake.  It is, quite possibly, the perfect food.


  • I’m thankful for afternoons working on piano with my son.  He doesn’t always enjoy it (especially my clapping to keep him in tempo), but sharing music with him brings me great joy.


  • I’m thankful for warm blankets on a cold winter’s morning and cool sheets on a hot summer’s night.


  • I’m thankful for my freedom.  Okay, you’re right – this one was on last year’s list as well – but it’s so important, it bears repeating.  Without freedom, we’re all just colorful paper puppets dancing at the end of someone else’s strings.   



Take a moment and think about all you have to be thankful for this year.  You may find it’s more than you thought.  I hope all of you have a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving.  Enjoy the food, the family, the friends, and the football!

Guest Review – “Elf” and “Unlovable”

Guest Review – “Elf” and “Unlovable”

My daughter is just learning to read.  It’s a fun time here in our house, and particularly gratifying for me to see her beginning what I hope is a long and rewarding love affair with books.  .

 

She’s always been artistic (she designed the logo for thewordzombie.com), and now she’s throwing her hat into the writing and reviewing ring.  Not really knowing what blogging is about, she still wanted to “review” a few books for me and have them posted.  As a father – how could I resist? So, without further ado – here are the first two book reviews by my daughter – or, as she told me she would like to be known here – “Little Miss Chocolate Zombie”.

 

“Elf”

“Elf” is a story about Buddy the Elf.  My favorite part was when he reached the tallest branches on the tallest Christmas tree.  It was really funny when he carried a bunch of candy canes.  I didn’t like it when Buddy left Papa elf for a while. 

 

I learned the being different from everyone is what makes you, you.  “Elf” is a good Christmas book.   You should read it.

 

 

“Unlovable”

“Unlovable” is about a dog named Alfred.  The cat tells him that he is unlovable. I didn’t like it when the cat taught the parrot to say “unlovable”.

 

My favorite part was when the new people moved in next door to Alfred. Alfred’s next-door neighbor is a dog like him named Rex.  At first, Alfred told Rex he was a Golden Retriever because he though he was unlovable.  Rex dug a hole under the fence so he could play with Alfred.  I liked it when Alfred and Rex played together.

 

The story showed me that even when someone says you are unlovable, you CAN be lovable.  I think Alfred is lovable.  He is really cute when he eats and sleeps.  He has a cute curly tail.

 

You should read this book.  It will teach you a lot of different things.  I learned that you should stay away from people who are mean to you. 

 

 

And there you have it.  The first is what could be a long string of hard-hitting reviews from “Little Miss Chocolate Zombie”.  Let me know what you think – I’ll pass the feedback along to her.  I would just caution you to be nice.  She has quite a temper and holds a grudge for a LONG time.  She is, after all, her father’s daughter.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you…