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A family of five

Did you know that it is possible to get hate mail just because you got a puppy for Christmas? Did you? Because I thought you’d have to kick a puppy to get hate mail, or maybe even throw one off the roof of your house to see if it would bounce (note: it won’t). I [...]

Gift wrap

This is an example of what all our presents looked like once we had finished wrapping everything with cheap ribbon and homemade tags. I bought several rolls of brown mailing paper at the beginning of December and used almost every single inch of it, so the mountain of presents underneath the tree had the feeling [...]

A valley stirring

This was the view from our living room window very early on Christmas morning, looking out toward the mountains to the west. We had a huge snowstorm blow through the night before, so everything was silent underneath a blanket of fresh powder.

Betrayed

This is my best friend from high school, Dawn, and Chuck has never before been so smitten with a guest. He shadowed her every step and slept with her at night, and during the day he sat in her lap and counted her eyelashes. I wonder if he would have felt so passionate about her [...]