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December 29, 2010

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December 29, 2010

Okay, I'll admit it. I have missed the Message Board this past year. I've missed the readers, the friendships that formed and the fun back and forth.

What I did not miss was the childishness, silliness and turning the board into a advice center. BUT, I'm going to try again because for the first several years we had a good time. On January 1st 2011 the website will host a Forum. The forum is for talking about books past and present, books into movies, what's coming from the book world this year, what you enjoy reading etc. In other words the Forum is about anything book related. Please join us and share your love of books with your fellow readers.

Leave your attitude and ego off at the Forum door. Hey! The author is the only one allowed to have attitude and ego at this website. Right? I'll look forward to welcoming back old friends, and greeting new ones.

~ Bertrice

December 23, 2010

Well, congress finally got off its collective ass to get some work done. More than in the last 6 months all the Media are saying. Really? I think they've done more work in this last month than in the last 2 years, but hey, what do I know. I'm just someone who lives in an ivory tower and writes novels. Thank God that the 9/11 Responders bill was finally passed. The survivors who went into the jaws of hell that day and suffer for it now deserve all the help that they can get and more. I'd rather my tax dollars were spent on American heros than sending our money off to Lower Slobovia to buy sweat socks for rickshaw jockeys. Where is it written that the U.S. of A. has to support the world? Charity begins at home, folks, and we, the people, are in great need right now. And will someone please tell me what your sexuality has to do with doing your job properly be it in the civilian or military sector? Do you notice that no one in the outgoing congress seems to remember that Bill Clinton is responsible for signing that ridiculous "Don't Ask Don't Tell" bill? Lord deliver us from hypocrites and fools. And it will be a slightly merrier Christmas for those folks out of jobs now that their unemployment benefits won't run out for another few months. Seems only fair that since the politicians sent our jobs off around the world (NAFTA Treaty) they at least offer their victims bare sustenance. Bill signed that one too. But I have to admit that that particular rascal has charm even if I think Hillary is smarter.

And on that sour note I wish all of you who come to the Bulletin Board a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year of 2011. Don't eat too many cookies.

~ Bertrice

December 15, 2010

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December 11, 2010

It's okay to say Merry Christmas to me, people. December 25th is Christmas which celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. I'm a Christian so I'm good with Merry Christmas.

This year the Jewish festival of Lights was in early December. I wished all my Jewish friends a Happy Hanukah. They didn't object, and they will wish me a Merry Christmas.

December 21st is the Solstice. Wassail all around! Although frankly I prefer a nice glass of wine, and a couple of chocolates to commemorate the day. So have a Good Solstice, folks!

If you celebrate Kwanzaa I hope it's a wonderful one for you.

Yes, December is a month filled with joyous occasions, but do not Happy Holidays me. Some insensitive moron has decided it is politically correct to remove the individual celebrations and tuck them under a generic greeting so no one will be offended.

Well, I am offended as I usually am by outright stupidity. Why should anyone be upset if I wish them a Happy Hanukah, a Good Solstice, a Merry Christmas, or a Joyous Kwanzaa? Have we as a nation, a people, grown so narrow in our thought that we cannot acknowledge one another's festivities? If we have then stop the world. I want to get off. Comments are always welcome.

~ Bertrice

December 9, 2010

December 9th was an interesting day. I decided I would have a breakfast I rarely get because I'm a reasonably sensible eater. I sent Aneta, my wonderful housekeeper who keeps me sane, off to MacDonald's in a village 6 miles to the west. There she purchased a Sausage McGriddle Meal with Orange Juice and one of those yummy greasy potato cakes. Hey! It was my birthday and it was good. I also had a little cake in the afternoon. Then I went and buried Nicky back at the old house in the garden beneath the window where his cage had stood for 20 and a half of his 23 years. His shroud was a small yellow towel, and my granddaughters who loved this feisty little yellow bird(and he loved them) said some kind words as did Tom and I. The sun was setting, and there was a new moon above. It was bitter cold, but because we haven't had a hard frost yet the ground was soft enough to dig a grave for a little bird. As I took my last look at Nicky I saw his new tail feathers were yellow with dark and light grey markings. He alternated between those and pale cream tail feathers. I hadn't held him since he was a young bird, and his weight in my palm was so slight. Yet he had a big heart, loving the little ones in particular, doing his courting dance for Cora, playing with his knotted rope with both Tom and Sophia wings flapping, screeching until we were all laughing. He was a big bird even if he only tipped the scales at a few ounces.

~ Bertrice

December 8, 2010

To my dear readers and friends a sad happening to report. Our beloved cockatiel, Nicky, passed away this evening. He was 23 years 2 months and 5 days old. Nicky was known for singing the charge call of the NYMets followed by a wolf whistle, as well as the first 2 lines of the hymn "Jesus Loves Me" (funny story about that), and now and again calling out, "HelloBaby!" On Monday he sang one of his beautiful cockatiel compositions for about 3 minutes as we sat at our early dinner in the mid-afternoon. As he rarely sang any longer we were enchanted, and praised him greatly. It was his last song. He was our oldest surviving pet but I know as he flew over the Rainbow Bridge Deuteronomy, Checquers, Honeybun and Pookie his feline companions over the years along with Gilberto our little half-moon conure were there to greet him. God bless Nickybird. We already miss him.

~ Bertrice


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