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A little Cornerstone of the holiday season

PencilPaperSo this Christmas season my wife and I found ourselves in possession of an extra Christmas tree and rather than put two up in the house – thereby giving our cats and dogs the ultimate solid and liquid waste depository – we decided to donate the tree to someone who didn’t have one.

I tried a variety of venues to give away the tree before running across Cornerstone Montgomery in Bethesda. Their mission statement: “Cornerstone Montgomery empowers people living with mental health and co-occurring substance use disorders to live, work, and integrate successfully within the community.”

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Have yourself a merry little CIA Christmas!

ciaI think as Christmas and the season of giving is upon us it would behoove us to make the most of the recent revelations from a Senate investigative committee regarding the torturing of prisoners by the CIA.This handy little “How to Book” with an executive summary of some 500 pages should be a wakeup call for all of us as we embrace the season of peace and joy.
For as the Bible tells us: A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back.

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What culture?

PencilPaperSo, I walked into a little shop I’ve frequented for years to purchase an item. Inside the shop I found the usual clerk. I hadn’t seen her in years and I commented on how nice her hair looked. I asked if she had decided to dye it a different color. I remembered her hair as being darker.

She told me her hair was curly and lighter and fuller because of her chemotherapy. Turns out she was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. However, she was looking on the bright side of her life. Her prognosis was good, she had a new hair color and she wanted breast reduction surgery anyway.

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Happy Thanksgiving again

PencilPaperThanksgiving is my favorite Holiday. I don’t have to worry about offending anyone except the turkey roasting in my oven. The family gathers, we enjoy spending time together, eat, watch football and relax.

Relaxing this holiday season is vital to my well being due to the amount of vitriol in this country which seems to have reached overwhelming proportions.

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A wild and wacky world

PencilPaperThe middle-aged football fan smiled as he approached the group of revelers gathered outside of FedEx Field for the latest Washington Redskins home game.

“This is my first tailgating party in my life,” he told a welcoming group of partiers who handed him a beer, some barbecue and greeted him with great rhythm and blues and a humorous disc jockey.

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The four-way stop sign and the Ebola virus

PencilPaperSo, there I was in Rockville driving 30 mph as the sign says I should. I was nearing a speed light camera and I was third or fourth in line at the four-way stop sign when the young woman behind me began honking her horn. Then she pulled around me, flashed me the most famous finger which is either an insult or a proclamation and headed on down the road.

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