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Winter Solstice

Christmas cookiesKeep calm and eat Christmas cookies. Today is one of those rare times when the longest night of the year coincides with the predicted end of the world. The most important thing when facing Doomsday is not to panic. As usual, to be prepare for such an emergency situation you should have a good flashlight,  candles, a pack of wooden matches, a supply of water and some trail mix, plus a map of your state and the intervening states between your home and the Canadian border. Or you can stay where you are and wait it out, for like other days, Doomsday is only 24 hours long.  If you decide to remain where you are,  stay calm and eat lots of Christmas cookies.

Among the Christmas cookies  in our photo are a couple which will be recognizable to fans of the wonderful British science fiction TV show, Dr. Who.  The show began running in 1963, cancelled in 1989, then resurected in 2005 and is still going.  The central character, the Doctor, has been played by 11 different actors, the change from one actor to another being written into the script as a “regeneration” of the same person, a Time Lord. The Doctor travels around the universe in his TARDIS, a space and time travel machine. On the outside it looks like a blue British police box, common in Britain in 1963 when the series began. The Doctor’s machine is a defective old-fashioned model he stole from a museum, but it does retain a primary characteristic of being much larger inside than outside. Various Dr. Who series are available in the United States on BBC America, and possibly other channels as well.

(The absolutely excellent cookies in our photo were made by Linnea and are vanishing fast into another dimension.)


More Notes

Tim Carmody, in his excellent piece, "How Haiti Became Poor", notes that President Trump's racist policies and vulgar language have sullied the word "shithole" which used to be one of the all-time great swear words. He's right. It's another terrible power this careless President wields.