Sunday, December 31, 2006

He disciplines us
for our good,
that we may
share his holiness.
-Hebrews 12:10

Saturday, December 30, 2006

If there were no hell
we would be like the animals.
No hell, no dignity.

-Flannery O'Connor

Friday, December 29, 2006

If every man would
sweep his own doorstep
the city would soon be clean.
-Welsh Proverb

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Nothing shows a
man's character
more than what
he laughs at.


Wednesday, December 27, 2006

A morning without coffee
is like sleep.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Don't cry because
it's over.
Smile because
it happened.
-Dr. Seuss

Monday, December 25, 2006

Sunday, December 24, 2006

For unto you
is born this day
in the city of David
a Savior,
which is Christ
the Lord.
Luke 2:11

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Christmas is the day that
holds all time together.
-Alexander Smith

Friday, December 22, 2006

photograph by Joel Wingo (

Love came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely, Love Divine;
Love was born at Christmas;
Star and angels gave the sign.
-Christina Rosetti

Thursday, December 21, 2006

You have saved our lives.
We are eternally grateful.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006


You don't take a photograph,
you make it.

-Ansel Adams

Today Pax Nathanael Howard turns twelve. Thirteen years ago Kate thought we were done with the manufacturing phase of parenthood. We already had five great kids but I thought we still needed a caboose. She wanted a bigger home, so we worked out a deal, and on
January first of 1994 we moved into Five Talbot Avenue.
On December twentieth out came Pax!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
make the Yuletide gay.

-Ralph Blane

Monday, December 18, 2006

The day is for
honest men,
the night
for thieves.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

And the Word
became flesh and
dwelt among us,
and we have seen
his glory,
glory as of the
only Son
from the Father,
full of grace
and truth.
-John 1:14

Saturday, December 16, 2006

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas,
Just like the ones I used to know,
Where the tree tops glisten
And children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow.

-Irving Berlin

Friday, December 15, 2006

photo by Liz Tubergen

To live is so startling
it leaves little time
for anything else.
-Emily Dickinson

Thursday, December 14, 2006

I never thought
it was such a
bad little tree.
It's not bad
at all, really.
Maybe it just needs
a little love.
-A Charlie Brown Christmas

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Oh for the good old days
when people would stop
Christmas shopping when
they ran out of money.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Life is the childhood
of our immortality.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Christmas is a time
when you get homesick -
even when you're home.
-Carol Nelson

Sunday, December 10, 2006

And, lo, the angel
of the Lord came
upon them, and the
glory of the Lord
shone round about
them: and they were
sore afraid.
-Luke 2:9

Saturday, December 09, 2006

I stopped believing
in Santa Claus
when I was six.
Mother took me
to see him in a
department store
and he asked for
my autograph.
-Shirley Temple

Friday, December 08, 2006

I will honor Christmas
in my heart,
and try to keep it

all the year.
Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Thursday, December 07, 2006

All over Asia parents
tell their children to
stop complaining and finish
their trigonometry because
there are millions of
American kids going to bed
with no math at all.

-Michael Cunningham

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Aren't we
forgetting the
true meaning
of Christmas?
You know, the
birth of Santa?
-Bart Simpson

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

To be a man is,
to be responsible.
-Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Monday, December 04, 2006

Mistakes are the
portals of discovery.
-James Joyce

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Take hold
of that
which is
life indeed.
-1 Timothy 6:19

Saturday, December 02, 2006

There is only one race,
the human race.

-Dan Aykroyd

Friday, December 01, 2006

Inject a few raisins
of conversation into
the tasteless dough
of existence.

-O. Henry