Tag Archives: Christmas

Is Christmas ‘a sad season’? John Cheever had the answer

Every December I re-read John Cheever’s short story, “Christmas is a Sad Season for the Poor.” And every year I share a link to it on Facebook. I don’t think many people bother to read it — even when I preface it by … Continue reading

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A shopping cart, a PB&J sandwich and 3 degrees below zero

We’re all supposed to feel happy and joyous at Christmas, but we know this isn’t the case for many of us. Selfishly, and at the risk of sounding self-serving, I decided to spend part of Christmas Day trying to spread … Continue reading

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John ‘Jay’ Bonfatti — five years gone, you still make us smile

John F. “Jay” Bonfatti left us five years ago and the loss still stings, especially this time of year. Each August for the past 33 years, a motley collection of football “experts” have gotten together for the annual draft in … Continue reading

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