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It’s That Time of Year

Bear with me on this one folks…a few things to hash out. Lots going on.

First off, I’m loving the weekend media these days. If we are home on Sunday mornings I can’t take my eyes off the CBS Morning Show. Thankfully, (and surprisingly), this past weekend’s program included a feature all brown ink followers would appreciate. It’s a story of a man, David Rees, who sharpens pencils for a living. That’s his gig. And boy, does he have passion. It’s worth the 5 minutes and 44 seconds to watch him in action.

And for the pencil junkie in your life, pick up one of his books, How To Sharpen Pencils, for a holiday gift. Perfect for those who still believe in a fine #2.

Of course, there is no one quite like Garrison Keillor to capture the season with the perfect words. This is taken from his A Prairie Home Companion “The News from Lake Wobegon” segment from last Saturday’s show:

“It’s a good time of year to sit by candlelight. Everything is better by candlelight, you know that. Sit by candlelight, bake a little bread, listen to some choirs on the radio. And write a letter to someone on a piece of paper with a pen to somebody who would appreciate that. It’s that time, that time of year. That’s the news from Lake Wobegon where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, all the children are above average.”

Like Garrison says, it’s that time of year. And before December 1st kicks in this Saturday, take a look at these fantastic DIY advent calendars from oh happy day.

I understand, there is only so much time in a day, only so much one can do. Try finding a moment to notice the beauty this time of year, put the lists aside and while you’re at it, grab that sharpened pencil and take Garrison’s advice. Write a letter while your mate bakes the bread.