Today in My History

2000:  Martha Doesn't Live Here
2001:  Where Have All the Flowers Gone
2002:  Peace on Earth Good Will Toward Men
2003:  An Old Waddle Family
2004:  A Charlie Brown Christmas
2005:  We. Are. Fam-i-ly

2006 On Being an Idiot
2007: The Tradition of Service
2008:  One Week
2009:  Fore!
2010:  Santa Read My Letter
2011:  Party Animals
2012: The Wave
2013:  The Dreaded Christmas Letter
Life Without Electricity
2015  Who She Was
2016: Easy Queasy
2017: Scurvy Defeated Again
2018: Giving Up Baking
2019: The Family Meal

2020 Christmas Letter

Theater Reviews
Updated 12/6
A Christmas Carol: the
Radio Broadcast

Books Read in 2020
 Updated 11/13
"Frontier Follies"

Personal Home Page

My family

Books Read in 2020
Books Read in 2019
Books Read in 2018

Books Read in 2017
Books Read in 2016
Books Read in 2015
Books Read in 2014
Books Read in 2013

Books Read in 2012
Books Read in 2011
Books Read in 2010

Cast (updated 7/16)

(you know how to fix it)

Some Background Links:
The Philosophy of Juice & Crackers
The story of Delicate Pooh
The story of the Piñata Group
Pumpkin pies
Who IS this Gilbert person anyway?

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December 12, 2020

 Welcome to Saturday: 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love to answer the questions, however, and here is today's questions!

Saturday 9: Santa Baby (1987)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) In this song, Madonna refers to Santa as "baby," "honey" and "cutie." What's the most recent endearment someone called you?
I don't have any terms of endearment.

2) At the top of her list are a fur coat, a new convertible and a yacht. If you could receive any of those luxury items, which would you choose?
None of those three.  I won't wear fur (thanks to PETA), we had a convertible that I didn't like because of the wind blowing my hair everywhere, and I don't like being on boats smaller than a cruise vessel.

3) She would like to decorate her tree with ornaments from Tiffany's. Do you have a favorite holiday ornament or decoration?
I like our "necropsy ornaments," souvenirs from our dead dogs and our two sons (a ball, two dog collars, an ornament of a black leather jacket and a necklace of smiley faces).  I also like the 7 dwarfs ornaments that my friend Kathleen made for me about 30-40 years ago.

4) "Santa Baby" was written in 1953, before electronic payments. While her wish list includes blank checks, a 2017 survey revealed that 51% of consumers felt check writing was "a pain." Who received the last check your wrote? Who most recently gave you a check?
I write one check a month to the home where my mother lives, and I recently received a payment for an article I wrote for the newspaper.

5) Madonna has been a successful singer for decades, and 1985's "Into the Groove" is her top-seller. What's your favorite Madonna song?
I don't know any Madonna songs, that I am aware of.

6) Madonna was born in Bay City, MI, and traveled to New York City to find fame and fortune. When she first arrived, she supported herself by working at Dunkin' Donuts. What's your standard DD order?
I only remember eating at a Dunkin' Donuts once in New York and once in Boston.  In Boston I had coffee, in NY I had a donut and coffee.

7) The only Christmas card Sam has received so far this year is from her dentist. Have you received many cards this year?
Actually more this year than in the past.  Now that I have pen pals, I have all sorts of cards from pen pals.  Makes me think I should have bought some card myself (I just have a Christmas letter that I send people links to)

8) Will you wrap many presents? Or do you prefer to use gift bags?
I like to wrap gifts unless they are an odd size or shape.  Most of my gifts were sent by Amazon this year, though, so I didn't have to either wrap them or pay postage!

9) Madonna recorded "Santa Baby" to benefit The Special Olympics. Here's your chance to plug a cause or organization that's near and dear to you.
Two.  In this country, Compassion, International, the world’s leading authority in holistic child development through sponsorship.  It's a religious organization and I am not religious, but I love the interaction between the sponsors of the children and the children  themselves.  I have sponsored 14 children in 11 countries.

Internationally, my organization is the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, which hand raises orphaned elephants

Thanks so much for joining us again at Saturday: 9. As always, feel free to come back, see who has participated and comment on their posts. In fact sometimes, if you want to read & comment on everyone's responses, you might want to check back again tomorrow. But it is not a rule. We haven’t any rules here. Join us on next Saturday for another version of Saturday: 9, "Just A Silly Meme on a Saturday!" Enjoy your weekend!




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