Dear Santa

Post written by Monica Gaylor.

I would like to wish everyone a happy holiday season, whatever holiday you may or may not celebrate.  Cheers.  Be safe and serene.  Take deep breaths.


Dear Mr. Claus, 

I am writing this year to tell you how nice I have been.  I mean really, really nice!  I deserve actual gifts this year rather than the coal and, ever so funny, snowman poop that you keep leaving in my stocking.  I appreciate the humor, but eewww.

I know you and the elves are busy with the pre-Christmas rush so I will cut to the chase.  Here is my Christmas list:

  • 1.  Peace on Earth
  • 2.  Universal health care in America (Heads up – I will be asking for world-wide next year)
  • 3.  Cancer cure (and any other horrible diseases – if you have the time.  But again, I will revisit this one next year as well.)
  • 4.  An end to hunger, homelessness, and needless suffering
  • 5.  Global cooling (I have some thoughts on this matter if you’d care to give me a call.  I think the sabotage of all oil rigs and refineries might soften governments (and commuters) enough to embrace mass transit that really works.)
  • 6.  A more equitable division of wealth and resources

I wanted to add a few more, but I did not want to ask for too much.  And, I have to admit the last one is just for me – if you feel I have been nice enough? 😉

  • 7.  A food replicator (like they have on Star Trek – my microwave oven just broke, so now would be the perfect time.)  I know I am ever the sci-fi geek. 🙂

Thank you.  “Live long and prosper.”




Embracing Optimism

“You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need.”  ~Vernon Howard

“Debt, n.  An ingenious substitute for the chain and whip of the slave driver.”  ~Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary, 1911

I attempted to avoid my usual “Black Friday Rant,” but I just can’t control myself that much.  I tried so very hard this year to remain above the mayham.  I didn’t even leave the house this Thanksgiving break.  I didn’t watch commercial TV.  I didn’t watch the news that always shows the mad rush of people into a store where someone inevitably gets trampled.  And I thought I would make it this year unscathed by the greed of the American culture, but upon returning to school it all fell apart.  Several students and staff members spoke of harrowing stories regarding Black Friday.  So, I won’t rant.  I will just relay the stories as told by others.

One staff member told of very rude and pushy people in Wal-mart.  She said she was scared she would get hurt, but this did not cause her to leave the store?  A student talked of someone ahead of her in line (store unknown) buying 3 xbox 360’s for her family – one for each child.  The woman had to use 3 different credit cards to pay for the purchase and one card was declined.  Even my student pondered as to why the family couldn’t share one xbox.  Of course, I smiled with pride at that one.  Someone is teaching that student some good values.  (Thank you parent.)

As the day progressed things started to take a turn.  Read on…

Another student said that his mom was waiting to do her shopping later because of the “violent-shopper” news reports.  He went on to say that he thought Christmas was supposed to be about family, giving, and love instead of pushing, hitting, and greed.  I admit – I made him repeat it 3 times so I could write it down.  Some of the most poignant quotes come from young people.  I started to feel a little better.

After school, during the Art Club set up of our Winter Art Show, one student was talking about consumerism run amok.  He was telling his friends that in this family they get a few clothes for Christmas and they are expected to be very happy about that.  He went on to say that Christmas is for celebrating the birth of Jesus and not buying things.  I felt like the Grinch “whose heart grew three sizes that day.”  I was so filled with hope for the future.

In the spirit of the holiday season and embracing optimism, I hope that one day (very soon) this consumer society will see a different way to live free from “needless” and “excessive” consumerism.  This is my Christmas wish.

“There must be more to life than having everything!”  ~Maurice Sendak

“He who buys what he does not need steals from himself.”  ~Author Unknown

“The gap in our economy is between what we have and what we think we ought to have – and that is a moral problem, not an economic one.”  ~Paul Heyne

“It used to be that people needed products to survive.  Now products need people to survive.”  ~Nicholas Johnson

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May the force be with you and yours.