Happy Hanukkah

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(From My Jewish Learning) Hanukkah is the Festival of Lights.

It commemorates the victory of the ancient Israelites over the Syrian Greek army, and the subsequent miracle of restoring the menorah in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.

The miracle of Hanukkah is that only one vial of oil was found with just enough oil for one day, and yet it lasted for eight full days.

Happy Hanukkah to my Jewish friends and others who observe this holiday.

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North Pole Limited Train Excursion

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Tonight we went on an imaginary journey to the north pole from the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum. It was a fun trip that made us remember the times when we heard stories of Santa and Mrs. Claus. We enjoyed a voyage like that of “The Polar Express” except we didn’t encounter many caribou. During the trip they gave us a snack and a jingle bell. This is a great holiday attraction that is right here in Chattanooga, Tennessee that families of all types can enjoy. Christmas is better when you do things like this.

Today is also the Feast Day of St. Nicholas so this fun event was very appropriate.

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ParaNorman (2012)


A horrific animated comedy that touches the heart, reaches for your souls and still wants to devour your brains!


Focus Features in association with Laika and Universal Pictures present…

“Once upon a time, long ago there was a little girl, a little girl who’s different from the other people in their village. She could see and do things that no one else understands that made them scared of her. She turned away from everyone and became sad and lonely and had no one to turn too!

The more she turned away from people the more they got scared of her and they did something terrible, they became more scared and they took her away and they killed her! Even though that she was dead something in her came back and this part of her that would not go away even for 300 years and the longer it stayed the less…

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Perspectives on Life, the Universe and Everything

Why do you drink
What do you think?
Him ‘for posterity’
Her ‘for insecurity’
Them ‘for affection’
Us ‘for satisfaction’,
wine seller proclaimed
taste is exquisite
wine cellar blamed
time no requisite
Mourning, Celebratory
Ballroom, Cemetery
dance we drink
In chance we drink
romance we drink
In trance we drink
Drink all the time
Breakfast, noon
Evening, night
Dusk or dawn
Sun or moon
Drink when late
Drink while soon
Drink when sane
Drink being loon
Seeing games
Watching cartoons
Drink, drink, drink
Never ever think
World could end
Let Titanic sink
Let’s die soon
Shall we….?


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