Category Archives: Holidays

Hallmark: “Valentine’s Day” (circa 1993)

Just in case you didn’t know that there was a company that made greeting cards. Also: It’s perfectly acceptable to give Valentines to Platonic friends.

Remy and Zoë’s Christmas 2016

Remy and Zoë unwrap their Christmas gifts, 2016.

The Sears Wish Book, 1977

It’s the holiday season, so what better time to dive into a vintage Sears Christmas catalog?

Source: The Sears Wish Book, 1977 — Medium

When your house is burning down, you should brush your teeth

A story of tabbies, tragedy, and thankfulness by The Oatmeal.

It was a terrible thing and I’ve found the best way to deal with terrible things is to tell funny stories about them later.

Source: When your house is burning down, you should brush your teeth – The Oatmeal

10Q: Special Bonus Question

As in years past, we are offering you a Special Bonus Question in which you get to predict what you think will happen in the coming year–not just to you, but to the world around you. For this year’s version of the Special Bonus Question, we have teamed up with SMITH Magazine’s Six-Word Memoirs to give you the opportunity to answer the question as pithily as you like.

Many new opportunities. Far fewer limitations.

Previously….

10Q #10: When September 2017 rolls around and you receive your answers to your 10Q questions, how do you think you’ll feel? What do you think/hope might be different about your life and where you’re at as a result of thinking about and answering these questions?

When September 2017 rolls around and you receive your answers to your 10Q questions, how do you think you’ll feel? What do you think/hope might be different about your life and where you’re at as a result of thinking about and answering these questions?

For three years now, this project has grown from a novelty to an interesting opportunity to reflect on the past year and reevaluate goals for the next year. I enjoy going back, reading my responses, and seeing how things have changed over the course of 12 months. Sometimes good, sometimes bad, but that’s how life is.

I’m not Jewish, but I must reiterate how much I enjoy the observance of Rosh Hashanah–this time of reflection and renewal at the start of autumn. It’s a great time, after the summer craziness and before the start of the fall/winter holiday season, to sit down and catch my breath. I’ve always been very big on introspection (comes from growing up with little to no outward confidence), and this externalizes and ritualizes introspection very nicely. To my actually Jewish friends, please forgive my “cultural appropriation”. In return, I’ll gladly stand with you if someone ever wants to put brackets around your name.

Previously (10Q #10 2015)

10Q #9: What is a fear that you have and how has it limited you? How do you plan on letting it go or overcoming it in the coming year?

What is a fear that you have and how has it limited you? How do you plan on letting it go or overcoming it in the coming year?

Three years now, and my biggest fear is still being only one paycheque away from disaster. I suppose this one is buried so deeply into my psyche that it is proving very hard to let go–mostly because I’ve been there. I was buried so deep for so long that I couldn’t enjoy any kind of “good fortune” because I’m constantly in fear of a major setback. I’m still convinced that it’s inversely proportional to financial freedom, so the more I’m able to build my wealth over the coming year, the more I’m sure the fear will subside.

Previously (10Q #9 2015)