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December 30, 2013


Fran Gardner

Boy, are you right about The Little Drummer Boy. Most cring-worthy. Good thing MS keeps me away from shopping in person this time of year.
Although I just came across little piece of writing from years ago (in more ambulatory times) where I noted I was charmed to hear the hymn "In the Bleak Midwinter" (words by Christina Rossetti) in Walgreens. Some Christmas songs are very nice.

Dan Fallon

Dr. Metablog will remember the well-known Colorado artist, John Fudge, who also was thrown into whirling depression by the annual reappearance of contemporary U.S. Christmas. Fudge was famous for his large life-like paintings that some said resembled cartoons. Indeed, he provided captions for most of them. My favorite was a painting of a WWII German Messerschmitt fighter plane bearing down through clouds, with its Iron Cross and Swastika clearly visible, and the cannons under its wings blazing away with deadly fire. The pilot is clearly visible in the cockpit, wearing a white-fur lined red cap and sartorially bedecked with a large fluffy white beard, his red cheeks glowing, his eyes sparkling, as he bears down on his flight stick, his fingers squeezed tight on the cannon triggers. The caption of this painting is "You better watch out!"

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