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Sudden Silence by Wendi Kast (17)

Reason 5,991,580 Why I love My Husband : “I really dread taking a shower tomorrow,” I sighed. “Normally I would just take it as soon as I wake up, but the bathroom is the coldest room in the house!” I knew with the extra-cold overnight temperature, and the fact that two of the bathroom walls are exterior, it would be even colder than usual. (posted Dec 31, 9:17am)

Creative Output by Angela Brett (11)

Unintentional Haiku from New Scientist on A Better You : I ran the New Scientist: The Collection issue on A Better You through my haiku detector, and this is what I found. (posted Dec 27, 5:45pm) by cygnoir (5)

Treasure in the Grassmarket. : I would like to tell you that my hands weren’t shaking. After all, vintage Esterbrook fountain pens are not uncommon, and they’re not even all that fancy. But recently I became a first-time Esterbrook Dollar Pen owner and when I fell, I fell hard. So my hands were shaking, a little, as I removed the pen from the case and ... (posted Dec 26, 4:33pm)

Passing Fair by X Chrysostom (21)

Olympus : Twilight of the gods. (posted Dec 21, 12:53pm)

4callingbirds by Rob Rosenberg (32)

Respect: The Lost Art : Tonight, my wife writes about the lost art of respect. (posted Dec 20, 8:00pm)

Sudden Silence by Wendi Kast (17)

Older and Wiser: Christmas Cookies : “Want to make cookies?” I’d ask. They would shout, “Yes!” and by the time we were scooping out the dough, they’d be leaning on their elbows, sighing, looking around the room. (posted Dec 19, 10:05am)

crickwooder chronicles by Stef (31)

every game you play : Do you have a physical condition that keeping your opinion to yourself would exacerbate? (posted Dec 17, 9:23am)

MissMeliss: Bathtub Mermaid by MissMeliss (25)

Tikkun Olam and Me : It's weird the way things resonate. You read a blog post about a concept, and that sits in your brain and stews for a while. It marinates, really, soaking up some of your flavor, sharing some of its own. Then you make a connection with someone else entirely, and the first thing suddenly bubbles up from the back of your ... (posted Dec 16, 5:40pm)

Chaos Attraction by Jennifer (32)

A Discussion of Holiday Breakup Season : What we are arguing about here is whether or not there is a crucial difference between "break up before and ruin their holiday" and "break up after and ruin their holiday." (posted Dec 16, 9:41am)

Markings: Days of Her Life by Margaret DeAngelis (14)

Just a Slob Like One of Us : It’s been a haphazard Advent so far. Our crèche is in place, and the Advent wreath, but I think we’re going to skip the tree this year, and candles in the windows, and the Lynn’s history with Santa picture display. I just don’t feel like it. (posted Dec 12, 6:52pm)

Red Nose by Bozoette (21)

Of Course : Of course, it would help to have a stand for the Christmas tree. (posted Dec 12, 5:29pm)

Funny the World by Bev Sykes (32)

Life Without Electricity : I realized that in the case of a real Armageddon, they would be the survivors and we would not last a week. (posted Dec 11, 6:54pm)

Patrick's Daily Journal by Patrick Cleary (32)

Wrapping : The fact that he is happy where he is, has growth opportunities, and the respect and friendship of his co-workers is just about the best Christmas present I could get this year. (posted Dec 11, 3:59pm)

Valeroni by Mellie (33)

A defining moment in time : In fifth grade, the three of us started to pal around. I sat with them at lunch. We hung out together at recess. Miluska would call me from time to time and I went to her house, and we even went to the movies. At the end of fifth grade I was happy that I had finally made some friends ... (posted Dec 11, 2:22pm)

American Graffiti by Plin (7)

Lessons : I never had any desire to be a teacher. (posted Dec 9, 3:43pm)

Ned the Duck by JFHobbit (27)

Day 8: Decreasing World Suck : It could just be about being a nice person, instead of one of those people. Really, even if it's the littlest thing you could do, as long as it's positive, you too could be part of the fight to decrease world suck! (posted Dec 8, 10:36pm)

Janice Williams Loves Austin by Janice Williams (5)

Yesterday's Genealogy and Cameras : I think it would be a fun experiment to put a computer savvy teenager or young adult down with a typewriter like this and ask them to reproduce a letter. I think they would think it was easy, but would have no idea how it operates. (posted Dec 8, 6:53pm)

Passing Fair by X Chrysostom (21)

Fort-de-France : The Whistler's Guide to the Caribbean. (posted Dec 7, 4:08am)

Extemporaneous Effects by Xeryfyn (4)

Journey of Ten Thousand Steps : Ten weeks doesn't feel like a very significant stretch of time but sometimes ten weeks of a journey can transform the trajectory from tragic to triumphant. (posted Dec 6, 3:43am)

Pajamageddon by Lyn Never (3)

Travel Tips with Bonus Shopping Guide : It functions as a towel of bath and gym and kitchen, a screen cleaner, a placemat and napkin, something to sit on if the sitting surface is weird, shade from the sun, hobo bindle, blindfold/eye mask, light bondage, icepack, bandage, emergency strap for a bag, coffee filter if you were really desperate, and surrender flag. How are you even leaving ... (posted Dec 5, 7:52pm)

crickwooder chronicles by Stef (31)

miss almost grown : She’s had a lot of struggles over the years, and she still does. (posted Dec 4, 8:25pm)

MissMeliss: Bathtub Mermaid by MissMeliss (25)

The (Nutcracker) Prince and Me : But even if we don’t make it to a live performance, I’m looking forward to having a few dates with my Nutcracker Prince over the weeks between now and Christmas. He’ll bring the great music and muscular thighs, and I’ll bring coffee, Danish butter cookies, and my appreciation of the arts. (posted Dec 4, 5:02pm)

Eric's!Daily!Horoscope! by Starzina Starfish-Browne (21)

Time passages : Turns out, these Holidaily™ people? Write Things That Have A Point. Which would, at first blush, seem to make Us a whore of another color. Long-time Eric’s!Daily!Horoscope! readers, however, will recall that We DO have an overall point, which is to make YouPeople feel better (or, sometimes, saner) by comparison. You’re welcome. (posted Dec 4, 9:43am)

Valeroni by Mellie (33)

40 Seconds of a Life : His jokes and stories were just as bad, but so bad his straight-faced delivery made them laughable. You couldn't help but chuckle along with him, even if you had heard it a hundred times before. (posted Dec 3, 8:06am)

Markings: Days of Her Life by Margaret DeAngelis (14)

They Don't Write 'Em Like That Anymore : The poem was first published in 1916, and it wears its era proudly. It’s an example of Romanticism, with trees and tombstones that can feel and think, that speak not in imagination but in actual words. As a poem, it is better than Joyce Kilmer’s much maligned “Trees,” but it relies too much on familiar poetic tropes, (posted Dec 2, 8:49pm)

Where's My Plan? by JohnSherck (15)

Giving thanks for food, connecting to food : I was talking to the farmer about an addition they were making to their one building, an addition that would allow them to process their own chickens and turkeys. Talking about it, he invited me out to help with the turkeys. And who doesn't want to help with the turkeys? (posted Dec 2, 7:07pm)

Ned the Duck by JFHobbit (27)

Day 2: Value : What I'm talking about is simple: the issue of GamerGate, or more specifically, the role of females in the video game industry. (posted Dec 2, 1:27pm)

Tuna News by Green Tuna (18)

Finnegan Begin Again : Here's the thing about stairs: they are always there, always the same level of difficulty, always ready no matter the weather. Stairs are a tool that offer no excuses. And I hate that. (posted Dec 1, 6:59pm)

Megan knows arse-all about... by blau (25)

Sap. : I hadn't gone in with a firm plan because I found out that Teach Yourself Latin wasn't available before I had left the house. (posted Dec 1, 5:19pm)

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