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By Jim Sim on December 22nd, 2017

.....no crib for a bed, the little Lord Jesus lay down his sweet head."   If you know the carol " away in a manger then you know these words and they conjure up thoughts of a happy Christmas card scene of tranquility and feelings of gentleness and smiling...
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By Jim Sim on August 28th, 2017

My wife being Finnish didn't grow up with the handy Scottish phrases, metaphors, sarcasm and what I like to call wittiness, that I grew up with. Not every Scottish joke is funny but I have to say that with her Finnish accent, a few well placed Scottish-isms can be...
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By Jim Sim on August 15th, 2017

When I was a kid I would choose running or hide under the covers if it was at night in the house.  REALLY? Hide under the covers?   As if that would stop a bear, a monster, or otherwise.  You've seen it done and maybe done it yourself; hiding...
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By Jim Sim on June 5th, 2017

Flowers are abundant in the area of Panama which has been my home since 2014. They are ridiculously colorful.  So colorful that my daughter Whitney mentioned that the colors were so lucid they looked digitally enhanced.  In fact it is sometimes hard to tell in certain places if they...
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By Jim Sim on May 22nd, 2017

One of my favorite characters is Donkey from the movie Shrek.  And at one point he sings a song, trying to illicit sympathy and manipulate Shrek into being his friend.  The words go something like this,  'I'm all alone, there's  no-one here beside me, all alone, no one to deride...
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