Category: Think Little

Simple Gifts: A Cherished Christmas Decoration and “Friend”

By , December 24, 2017

Every year, as we pull out our Christmas decorations, we anticipate seeing an old friend: Bob the snowman.

“Bob” has been with us so long that we no longer remember, for sure, exactly where he came from.

Here’s what we do know: Michelle and I picked up this tiny plastic snowman at a Hallmark store, probably somewhere in Oregon, near Christmas, somewhere around 1983 – 1984 (the design is copyrighted 1983). We named him Bob immediately, for reasons we forget.

toy snowman

Bob, our tiny, long-time Christmas friend (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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Simple Gifts: Stamps

By , January 15, 2015

A few years ago I advocated writing personal letters (see Letters Keep Cursive Writing Alive). I still practice this, with the majority of the effort focused on Aly. I try to write her a letter at least once a week. As described in the essay linked above, it connects me to her while she’s away at college.

Part of the pleasure of writing each week comes from choosing a stamp to deliver the letter. Continue reading 'Simple Gifts: Stamps'»

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