A Politically Correct Christmas Poem…

‘Twas the night before Christmas and Santa’s a wreck…
How to live in a world that’s politically correct?
His workers no longer would answer to “Elves”,
“Vertically Challenged” they were calling themselves.
And labor conditions at the North Pole,
were alleged by the union, to stifle the soul.
Four reindeer had vanished without much propriety,
released to the wilds, by the Humane Society.
And equal employment had made it quite clear,
that Santa had better not use just reindeer.


So Dancer and Donner, Comet and Cupid,
were replaced with 4 pigs, and you know that looked stupid!
The runners had been removed from his beautiful sleigh,
because the ruts were deemed dangerous by the EPA,
And millions of people were calling the Cops,
when they heard sled noises upon their rooftops.
Second-hand smoke from his pipe, had his workers quite frightened,
and his fur trimmed red suit was called “unenlightened”.
To show you the strangeness of today’s ebbs and flows,
Rudolf was suing over unauthorized use of his nose.
He went to Geraldo, in front of the Nation,
demanding millions in over-due workers compensation.
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FIRE IN THE SKY – Christmas Eve in Lafayette, CA 12-24-22

An Inspirational Christmas Message Based on an entry in Franz Kafka’s diary:

At 40, Franz Kafka (1883-1924), who never married and had no children, walked through the park in Berlin when he met a girl
who was crying because she had lost her favourite doll. She and Kafka searched for the doll unsuccessfully.

Kafka told her to meet him there the next day and they would come back to look for her.

The next day, when they had not yet found the doll, Kafka gave the girl a letter “written” by the doll saying “please don’t cry.
I took a trip to see the world. I will write to you about my adventures.”

Thus began a story which continued until the end of Kafka’s life.

During their meetings, Kafka read the letters of the doll carefully written with adventures and conversations that the girl found adorable.

Finally, Kafka brought back the doll (he bought one) that had returned to Berlin.

“It doesn’t look like my doll at all,” said the girl.

Kafka handed her another letter in which the doll wrote: “my travels have changed me.” the little girl hugged the new doll and brought
the doll with her to her happy home.

A year later Kafka died.

Many years later, the now-adult girl found a letter inside the doll. In the tiny letter signed by Kafka it was written:

“Everything you love will probably be lost, but in the end, love will return in another way.”

Embrace the change. It’s inevitable for growth. Together we can shift pain into wonder and love, but it is up to us to consciously and
intentionally create that connection.

Sam Van Zandt

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Now that Andy Williams has left us , Johnny Mathis has to be the King of Christmas music,  with literally
dozens of Christmas songs. Click here to get a sampling. Mathis, now in his late 80s, continues to perform
his Christmas shows as he just did in Modesto, CA

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Stanford’s New War on English: Words You Can’t Say, like ‘American’

 “The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.” Marcus Aurelius

Here are SOME of the words that Stanford University has decided are “bad” and should be replaced.
They even provide those replacement words to “swap” for the offending ones.
Does anyone else remember what U.S.A. stands for? Think about that when you get to the BAD WORD, “American”.

Some of the words considered ‘harmful’ from grandfather to brave to American
Original: walk-in
Swap: drop-in, open office
Reason: ‘Ableist language that trivializes the experiences of people living with disabilities’
Original: grandfather
Swap: legacy
Reason: ‘This term has its roots in the “grandfather clause” adopted by Southern states to deny voting rights to Blacks’
Original: guru
Swap: expert, subject matter expert (SME), primary, leader, teacher, guide
Reason: ‘In the Buddhist and Hindu traditions, the word is a sign of respect. Using it casually negates its original value’ 

Original: brave
Swap: none/do not use
Reason: ‘This term perpetuates the stereotype of the “noble courageous savage,” equating the Indigenous male as being less than a man’
Original: man hours
Swap: person hours, effort hours, labor time
Reason: ‘This term reinforces male-dominated language’
Original: American
Swap: US Citizen
Reason: ‘This term often refers to people from the United States only, thereby insinuating that the US
is the most important country in the Americas (which is actually made up of 42 countries)’ 

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In exactly One Year -Always Yours just had its first anniversary – the  owner, a young first-time business woman
has built a thriving niche bakery business in Castro Valley. (And they said it couldn’t be done. Ha!)
Always Yours is not your typical bakery. From only serving the French delicacy, macrons,  It
has expanded into everything from fruit tarts, eclairs, specialty
cakes and cookies, etc.  to a drink menu including popular bubble/boba tea- and does them all well. We know.
We’ve tried nearly everything on the menu.
Check them out. Worth a drive even if you’re not local  as you won’t likely see this type of bakery elsewhere.
There’s seating both inside and outside in a relaxed environment and parking in the Castro Village should
lighten up now that Christmas is nearly over. .



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20634 Rustic Dr Castro Valley, CA 94546