Die Hard is a Christmas Movie...

As you know by now, I’m off on sabbatical, but I wanted to drop in to wish you all a blessed and joyful holiday season, and a very Merry Christmas if you celebrate that sort of thing.  My Plan A was a surprise trip home to see my mom. I ended up with Plan B, recovering from a nasty bout with Covid.  But it’s all good, yo.  Christmas, and life, are what you make them.  We still live in the most exciting time in human history, the sun comes around again tomorrow, and beauty can be found anywhere.

You are life, and life is limitless. We only really live when we’re experiencing the entire spectrum of life: the joys and sorrows, laughter and sadness, the pain and pleasure.  If like me, you’re away from loved ones or missing those who have departed us, may their memory be a blessing and the season land gently on you.  Know that this post entitles you to one complimentary virtual hug.  And please accept these holiday treats from me to you…

A man, his guitar, and a Jackson amp, communing with God…

Little-known song that should have gone platinum…

Coolest thing I saw this week...

Concorde trip to visit Santa...

Yippee Ki Yay and Peace,

- RG

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