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All Sorts of Good Times

What's your favorite Christmas song? It's hard to choose a favorite but I'm especially partial to "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," by Brenda Lee. It brings back the memory of watching Grand Ol' Oprey on Saturday nights with my parents and my brother. Dad was extra tickled by Brenda Lee,this little squirt of a 13 year old with a great big voice. At the break in a song, Brenda would say to the band leader, "Hit it, Red!" I can still hear Dad chuckle.

Rockin' around the Christmas Tree, Brenda Lee

And now, after 65 years, "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" or "Rockin'" as Miss Lee calls it, has hit number 1 on the Hot 100 Billboard charts, knocking Mariah Carey's "All I want for Christmas is You" off the pedastle. I'm happy to say that I hear Mariah wrote Brenda a gracious note of congratulations.

Last Sunday I visited the studios of several of my friends and had a fabulous time.

Cecilia Andres, whose piece, "Complementary Tides," was in the Seed show...

works with transparancies. See more of her work at Here we are in her studio. Nice space, isn't it? There's more of her work on the wall to the left.

Then Gwyneth Leech, of the tall buildings and construction sites--I wrote about her in my post of October 12. See more of her work at

Geoffrey Stein is currently doing portraits of famous poeple using torn scraps of pertinent papers

. Here he is with Liz Cheney made with the transcript of her concession speech.

Justice Katanji Brown Jackson with the transcript of her confirmation hearing. See more of Geoffrey's work at.

portrait of Justice Katanji Brown Jackson

And then, Maggie Zox Brown with her enormous and lively scenes of domestic life.

The handsome guy peeping over the canvas is her son. Seee more of her work at

woman painting

It's wonderful to see people and their work in real life and to hear what them talk about it.

Our Christmas wreath is wearing a pink bow for Olive Huang Klein,who lives next door. She was born last year on December 25th, the seventh day of Hannukkah. Happy Birthday, Olive.

Christmas wreath with pink bow

And now, helping to make the season bright, Russell is donning now his gay apparel.

dachshund in a red sweater

We hope all your days are merry and Bright.

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15 dic 2023

Delighted with your blog, Barbara! Brenda Lee is my favorite, too. I love Christmas music. I grew up in a Christian neighborhood, and although I’m Jewish, I have always been filled with joy in sharing the Christmas spirit.

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Thanks for your comment--I thik this is Jenna, am I right?

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