The Gun Control petition I reprinted yesterday went viral. It gathered more than 200,000 signatures in support, and the author, Staci Sarkin, will be going to Congress in person to present it.
There’s some current woo-woo about the world ending on December 21st, because that’s when the Mayan calendar “ends”. I wouldn’t put much stock in the prophetic abilities of the Mayans. They stopped calculating their calendar because they were too busy dealing with the invasion of the Spanish, and two centuries of drought, both of which decimated their culture, neither of which they saw coming.
The government remains gridlocked over the budget. If there’s no deal within ten days, most of us will get higher tax rates on January 1st, the Dow will drop, the national credit rating might be downgraded, blah blah blah… Defense spending would be cut more than anything else. There’s always a silver lining.
I can’t control the end of the world, or even the end of the year. I can only choose how to react to it, so I’m celebrating. Our neighbors made latkes for Hanukkah!
We went to a grand holiday party for the guide dogs. Spice won the Loose Leash Relay Race, the Stay Contest (2 minutes), and Team Spice won the Guide Dogs Trivia Contest. She also got her picture taken with Weird Santa. Then we all went bowling.
Mary has been gracefully upholding the classical tradition. She performed in a very fine concert with the best singers in the region, and even got her courage up enough to sing in a quartet of soloists. They sang the Vivaldi Gloria in D, John Rutter’s winter song collection “When Icicles Hang”, and the final piece from Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Folk Songs of the Four Seasons, “God Bless the Master of this House”.
I hope all of you get time off from work to share with those you love.
God bless us – everyone.