The Star of Christmas

The star of Christmas shines for all,
No matter great, no matter small,
No matter spotted, brown or white,
It bids us all to share the light.
                        ~ Unknown


In an Atlanta gift shop, on the last road trip my mother and I took together, I bought a packet of Christmas cards designed by a local artist. In the background on the front, there was a star; in the foreground, there were three rabbits–brown, white, and black-and-white. The verse above appeared inside. The design was simple, unsentimental, but touching.

I sent all of the cards but one, and I kept that thinking I might be able to locate more. But I didn’t find any, and sometime over the past twenty-seven years, the card I saved disappeared. I don’t remember the artist’s name, but I do remember the verse. The drawing above doesn’t duplicate the charm of the original, but perhaps it’s close enough.

I’ve searched the web trying to find the name of the artist-poet but have found nothing. If anyone reading this knows the author, or has seen the card I’ve described, please leave a comment. I would like to give proper attribution.

I don’t normally post anything without giving credit, but I love the card and it seemed a shame not to share the verse just because I can’t locate the source.

A Davis Christmas 2009: Compromise

David & Kathy’s preference

As you know if you saw our last post, our Christmas tree has been the subject of intense, but not unexpected, conflict.

As soon as the tree lit up, so did William and Ernest. William had to be physically restrained from chewing on the lights.

The next morning found the tree lying on its side and the cats out of sight. The tree spent the day en deshabille, as it were.

William & Ernest’s preference

After lengthy trilateral negotiations, a compromise was reached.

Ornaments and tree skirt are, of course, out of the question.

Gifts will appear Christmas morning immediately before they’re to be opened.



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A Davis Christmas 2009: Why Decorations 2013 Are Downsized

Yesterday: December 9, 2009

Last night David strung lights on Christmas tree.

William began gnawing on lights.

Kathy went bananas, envisioning surgery to pick shards out of William’s GI tract.

William said he didn’t care.

Ernest said he didn’t care either.

David distracted William and Ernest.

This morning Kathy picked up tree, sopped up water, dragged lights to higher elevation, considered going back to bed.

Kathy regrets she didn’t get a shot of tree lying on its side, blocking entrance to kitchen.

William and Ernest said if Kathy had gotten up and fed them the first time they pounced on her, she wouldn’t be sitting here now, thinking about dragging tree to dumpster.

Today: December 10, 2009


This post first appeared on Whiskertips, December 10, 2010

Other People’s Words

I stayed up late the past two nights and didn’t make up for the sleep lost. As a result,  my attention span hasn’t kicked in, and since an attention span is almost essential to my writing, today’s post focuses on what other people have written.


Totsymae climbed a ladder the other day but came down by a different route. Read about it here. No one can tell a story quite like Totsymae. She illustrates as well.


Yesterday marked my first post at Writing Wranglers and Warriors. There are nineteen bloggers in the group. When they asked me to join, I jumped at the chance. You might have seen my post about E-Impulse on the reblog here yesterday, but please stop in at Writing Wranglers and Warriors to see what others are writing. Today Erin Farwell, author of historical mysteries, writes about Keeping the Tradition. Two days ago, Doris McCraw posted Outside the Lines, about leaving the rules behind and making new traditions. Doris also blogs at fivesevenfivepage.


Gale Albright posts memories of her friend Cinda Cyrus in Visions and Revisions.

VP Chandler outlines required reading for her prospective informal education.

Elizabeth Buhmann posts about a neighborhood in Richmond, Virginia that inspired a setting in her novel Lay Death at Her Door.


I would express my opinion of the operating system that accompanied my new laptop, but if I did so, you would stop thinking of me as a truly nice person and start thinking something closer to the truth. The fact that four out of five critique partners agree with me would make no difference.

The laptop itself, however, is truly nice. So is LibreOffice, the free office suite I downloaded to handle documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and other functions I haven’t discovered yet.


The time has come to retire, lest the lose-sleep-lose-attention-span thing start all over again. ‘Night.

E-Impulse: I Regret Nothing

Some thoughts on the link between e-commerce and e-Kathy, from Writing Wranglers and Warriors.

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My mum says, “Go with your first instinct,” but this can lead to impulse buying! ~ Lindsay Lohan

Recently, we’ve heard a lot about how the Internet is changing how Americans shop. E-commerce is causing a radical shift in how we buy and sell.

I’m more concerned, however, with how e-commerce affects me personally. In only a month, online shopping changed me from a (relatively) sane, sober citizen into a jumble of impulses. My experience shows that, where e-tail is, impulse lurks close behind; and where impulse lurks, one thing leads to another. And you never know where you’ll end up. For example—

In October I learned that my favorite blogger, Kate Shrewsday, and her friends had published an e-book of ghost stories, Echoes in Darkness. Impulse #1: I wanted it.

Thanks to a quirky laptop, I could download e-books but couldn’t open them. The…

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Making Monsters

Frank Larnerd’s post has given me a fantastic idea: a killer Jersey milk cow named Pansy. All I need now is a plot.

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This post by Frank Larnerd

Werewolves, vampires, and zombies are staples of the horror genre and while they do an excellent job as metaphors for our fears, they are often overused. One way to stand out among the crowd is to find new (or forgotten) monsters.

Here are five ideas for your next scary story!

5. Go local

Wherever you happen to live, there are unique creatures nearby. Just make ‘em evil, multiply, and set them loose on your characters. Just imagine how much fun you’ll have destroying your home town with demonic pigeons, or herds of snarling genetically modified cows.


Seriously, they’re out to get us.

4. Go ancient

Our forefathers lived in a time of monsters. From satyrs to nymphs the ancient world was steeped in tales of dangerous creatures that remain as exciting today as they were in centuries past. Revive an ancient monster and let your…

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Writing Competitions and Opportunities Digest – Edition 24

Limebird Writers present more writing competitions and opportunities. If you don’t have a poem, a book, or a story about an alpaca or a hedgehog, you do have a personal experience essay lurking somewhere in your manuscript file or your brain. Big opportunities for all these. Thanks, Limebird Writers.

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Welcome to the 24th Edition of our weekly writing competitions and opportunities digest! If you missed the last edition, you can see it here

If you’re looking for something to write THIS WEEK then today’s digest is for you! The first three on the list all have quite tight deadlines, however the first two of those are for places that regularly seek submissions, so I’m hoping you’ll forgive me 😉 Themes this week are unusual pets, fire, and good decisions – interested? Read on…


Opportunity type – Special callout for a real-life story anthology (Part of the “Not Your Mother’s Book…”) series.
Theme – Pets; the email they sent out says they now particularly want stories about pot-belly pigs, llamas, alpacas, hedgehogs, possums, raccoons and lambs (they have enough cat and dog stories).
Word count – Between 500 and 2,500 words.
Organiser/publisher – Publishing Syndicate.
Reward – One copy of the…

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