National Siblings Day

00019764UJ has posted something on Facebook about National Siblings Day. I was not aware that there was such a thing, but then it sounds like one of those lame, made-up days concocted solely to sell greetings cards or promote Facebook postings.

Not that your brothers and sisters shouldn’t be recognized. After all, you’ve shared all kinds of meaningful moments with them, and they put up with you during the teenage years — when everyone is at their worst. They deserve credit and accolades.

But if you’re going to do recognize your siblings, why not do it in the way most families do — by posting an embarrassing photo from the early 1970s, with a ludicrous white brick fireplace backdrop and chintzy hanging lamps, when everyone looks like an idiot and the clothing selections are sure to humiliate even the most hardened personality — whether it’s a pink tie, yellow knee socks, some kind of quasi-Germanic outfit, or combdown sideburns? Only my youngest sister Jean looks like a reasonable human being in this atrocity.

Elemental And Ornamental

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My sister Cathy has lots of energy and, lately, has become a huge fan of Pinterest.  She found an idea there to hang Christmas ornaments from ribbons as a holiday decoration and tried it out on Mom’s window.  The result looks pretty good — but mostly because displaying the ornaments closer to  eye level gives you a chance to take a closer look than when the ornaments are, say, two feet off the ground.  I particularly liked the very pleasant expression of holiday cheer on this coffee pot snowman