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December 31, 2008

New Year 2009

New Year 2009 has already arrived in some quarter of the world. Given the tumultuous annum that has passed, it is little wonder that most revelers are apt to bid it good riddance.

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Pax Plena regulars will note that I am normally one to make a few New Year's resolutions, and based upon my list from January 2008, I am glad to report that I kept the bulk of them.  On the other hand, the list was so abstract in retrospect, that it would have been difficult not to keep at least some of them. I hope to make this year's list more concrete.

Alas, the list is a still a work in progress.  In fact, I may put its release on hold until tomorrow when I have things better sorted out.  For those in a similar fix, it may be helpful to consider a few suggestions from Uncle Sam

After all, we have less than three weeks before the social engineers take charge, and make the government suggestions mandatory.

But between now and midnight, whatever your time zone, please enjoy the rendition of Auld Lang Syne from 'LostmyChops.' For those interested in a brief history of the song, see this column from the Trinidad & Tobago Express.

And as always, from Pax Plena to you, Happy New Year.

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December 23, 2008

Song of the Week: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

The phenomenon of winter, unknown to me in Tucson, has made an important, unexpected appearance late in the year 2008. My vacation in the Midwest hamlet of Bloomington, IN has proven to be uninoculated from the disease.

This afternoon, my flight to Oklahoma City (via St. Louis) was scheduled to depart from Indianapolis, IN early this evening. Bloomington, IN where I have been on holiday is some 45 miles due south of Indy. As my trusty navigator guided us on to Bloomington's I-37, we were greeted by a complete traffic standstill.

The roads were so icy, not even the sand trucks could pass.

Appraently, this is why:

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The good news is that I am re-scheduled to depart tomorrow afternoon- God willing. And, of course, there are very few places in America that I would prefer being 'wintered in' at the moment than Bloomington, IN. I have had a terrific trip.

Suffice it to say, the Song of the Week from Vincente Minnelli's 1944 classic, "Meet Me in St. Louis" hits close to home on a variety of levels. Naturally, Judy Garland's haunting version of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" is easily the best. I remain hopeful that I will be able to share a Christmas post with you from my Oklahoma home. But until then, please enjoy this Pax Plena Song of the Week.

And in case I should not make it back, do have a Merry Christmas!

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