Happy Chanukah!

Well, here it is again the 25th day of Kislev, and time for the Festival of Light. I actually have a cool calendar that shows both years (the Gregorian calendar and the Jewish calendar) that I got at this neat deli. So, for those who celebrate, here’s to the lights in the darkness! And for the next eight days, prezzies! Dreidel! Not to forget the meditation and prayer that goes along with it all, too. I try not to get too caught up in the materialistic side of Christmas, either, but it’s tough.

The house wanted another present, so it’ll be getting a new dishwasher (yay!) because the pan rusted out underneath ours (boo!) and leaked all under the kitchen cabinets and finally onto the kitchen floor (ack!) And there are squirrels getting into the attic somehow. Got to get all that fixed. Too bad I am lazy, hopelessly un-mechanical, and worthless. Must find someone who can fix this stuff, and soon.

We didn’t get snowed in. In fact, it’s 67 degrees and partly cloudy right now. If you got snowed in . . . try to enjoy it. *grin*
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Nobody gets in to see the wizard. Nobody, no way, nohow.

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. The Great Oz has spoken.

“You.”
— John Lennon, 1964, when asked by a reporter “What have you seen that you like best about our country?”

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Author: shalanna

Shalanna: rhymes with "Madonna" and "I wanna," and is not a soundalike with "Hosanna" or "Sha-Na-Na." Aging hippie with long hair, husband, elderly mother, and yappy Pomeranian. I've been writing since I could hold a crayon. I started with fiction, which Mama said was "lying." “Don’t tell stories,” she would admonish, in Southern vernacular. “That's all in your imagination!” When grownups said this, they were not approving. So, shamed, I stopped telling stories for a few years--rather, I stopped letting anyone read them. I'm married to a fellow computer nerd who doesn't really like hearing about writing, but who reads sf/fantasy and understands the creative drive. I'm actually a nonconformist/hippie still wearing bluejeans and drop earrings and the Alice-in-Wonderland hair with headbands and sandals. Favorite flavor is chocolate/orange, favorite color is either Dreamsicle orange (cantaloupe) or bubble-gum pink, favorite musical is either Bye Bye Birdie, Rocky Horror, or The Producers . . . wait, I also love The Music Man. Is this getting way too specific and irrelevant yet? Obvious why I don't sell a ton of flash fiction, isn't it? To define oneself, I always say, it is good to make a list. How about a booklist? Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth, Cheaper by the Dozen C.S.Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (all the Narnia books) J.R.R.Tolkien,The Hobbit/LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy Gail Godwin, The Odd Woman F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby J. D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye (before dismissing it, actually read it) George Orwell, 1984 Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle Donna Tartt, The Secret History Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn James Allen, As A Man Thinketh Mark Winegardner, Elvis Presley Boulevard James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum Winnie-the-Pooh/House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie The KJV and NIV Bible (each translation has its glories)

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