Monday, December 25, 2023



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         Tony Bennett sings "I'll Be Home For Christmas" 

 90th birthday video of live appearance on NBC- TV Today                                          (promotes a special later that night but not this year)


All is well as can be with me.    I keep moving closer to that ninth decade with very few of my long time friends left on this planet to accompany me while I'm here.  I continue my "rightsizing" activities at a snails pace which contributes to why I haven't resumed writing here.  

Perhaps in the significant year to come I will be unable to resist returning here to write espousing my views on whatever topics capture my attention.   

Meanwhile, I continue to enjoy my family and indulging  myself in the ordinary necessities and self-entertaining activities of daily living which give our lives meaning.  

Wishing for peace everywhere with good health, prosperity, a life filled with happiness and  only the best for each of you in this momentous year to come!  

The Secret of Christmas 

       by George Perris, multi-lingual Greek singer

It's A Most Wonderful Time of the Year

    by George Perris, International Singer


  1. Long time no see in the blog community. I'm glad to see it has nothing to do with declining health. Have a great 2024.

  2. I've missed you and your insights Joared, but understand our mutual rattling along with declining energy and all that goes with it, not least the disappearance of our fellow foot soldiers.
    A brilliant New Year 2024 to you and give us the odd wee post if you can.

  3. It sounds like you've been quite busy. Happy New Year!

  4. Absolutely enjoy your time with family and have a wonderful, healthy and happy new year!

  5. So glad you have that spirit that is needed to adjust. I know exactly what you mean about friends and maybe I should write about that.

  6. I do know what you mean about friendships and may should blog about that some time. YOu do have a great attitude and hope your holiday went well.

  7. Glad to know you are back blogging. Cheers !

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  9. I'm 75 and shocked by how much harder nearly everything has become over what seems like a very few decades. My life expectancy stops a little short of where you now are in life, and I grieve in advance for what I will be leaving behind forever and for how hard life will be for Peggy (my wife of 52-years) if I should die first, as seems likely.

    I'm sorry that I went so long without visiting your blog (in fact, I feel guilty that I don't visit yours and other blogs nearly as often as I used to), and I very much hope that you will continue to post from time to time.

    1. Yes, aging does bring changes we do'n't always anticipate. Who departs life first is not always the oldest spouse though can seem more likely.

      As for blogging, you don't need to feel guilty. It's not unusual for some of us to take breaks for so many reasons and others may simply decrease the frequency of their posts, or write them and comments erratically.