On Mid-Week Holiday 2016 Briefs

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Given the mid-week status of this post due to the approaching holiday, this is a variation of the weekly Opinion in the Shorts, which probably won’t reappear until after ringing in 2017.

The next post will be my holiday greeting, which I hope goes live in time for Christmas Eve in Australia/New Zealand. Hope everyone has a time to stop by as there will be quite the selection of goodies.

For the last week of December, I will have a few Explore posts, followed by a post to lead us into 2017.

The Electoral College has voted, so Election 2016 is over. In the aftermath since Election Day, hopefully Americans have learned more about the Electoral College. I know I have – but I’ll save that post for another day.

The fact that I’m not listing a “Obama’s Fault” list is Obama’s fault. However, columnist Charles Krauthammer recently wrote that President-elect Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency is Obama’s fault.

For those needing some handbell music for the holidays, here’s a recording of the version we will be playing of It Came Upon a Midnight Clear.

For readers who enjoy a feel-good story, CBS News had this touching report about the origin of Secret Santa.

I was saddened to receive the news of the passing of a blogger – especially one who was kind and smart – let alone talented in her own craft. Blogging makes the world smaller. Even though most of us will never meet, we impact each other through our interactions. To Cynthia Jobin, aka Littleoldladywho, thank you for sharing yourself through your poems and in your interactions with me and others. Here is her last poem (and for those who don’t know, there is also an audio). To me, I heard her talking about herself – but I may be wrong.

The recent announcement of the latest inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the ceiling is starting to crack. Although no Moody Blues (which were not consider this year), the wait is over for three worthy bands: Electric Light Orchestra, Journey, and Yes.

14 thoughts on “On Mid-Week Holiday 2016 Briefs

    • Merrill,
      Cynthia was smart & wity … Quite the vocabulary in her poems (so I occasionally used a dictionary). … then would comment to her about it. She interacted well with commenters … just what bloggers should do.

      Our rehearsal for the service tonight was interesting … so we will see how it goes.

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  1. Thanks for letting us know of a blogger’s passing. Like Merrill, I didn’t know her, but it is so sad when a blogger just vanishes and nobody knows what happened.

    Happy Holidays to you and Right Angle, Frank!


  2. It is sad to know beautiful blogger friend and poet died. I always afraid to find a silent blog… Rest in peace for her.

    You are so nice dear Frank, and nice blogger too. Thank you. Happy Holiday, have a nice and safe travel. Love, nia


  3. Great to see you, Frank. I’m sorry to hear about your blogging friend. So sad. Blogging does make the world seem smaller. Sorry I’ve been absent. Please don’t take it personally. I haven’t been able to have much balance lately. But I’ll borrow the sentiment from Journey, I won’t stop believing! Yay. Wish you a wonderful holiday. I will stop by for the party for sure!


  4. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame admitting Electric Light Orchestra, Journey, and Yes, is a step in the right direction, but no way does it make up for their continued stiffing of The Moody Blues.


  5. There’s something about that Journey song, “Don’t Stop Believin’.” It makes me happy. There’s a great Netflix documentary about Journey having to find a new lead singer. The one they found is (was) a poor Filipino man and sounds exactly like Steve Perry. He is not, however Steve’s body double. Interesting story.

    Anyway, have a great holiday and, most of all, don’t stop believin’! 🙂 ❤

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  6. Loved the tribute to the new class of rockin’ inductees. I don’t know if there are any handbell groups up for future inclusion but I suspect if there ever are it will be yours!


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