January 29

...He adores his siblings, greeting each one with a beaming smile and a cuddle in the morning, and very nearly causing civil wars every day due to his varying favorites. He is also in reverent adoration of his dog, never able to approach the gentle creature lest he is with his older sister but also never able to take his eyes off him when he is in the room, thus confusing the dog and his big sister with whether or not he wants to say hi up close or worship from a distance.

Personal Ponderings On Print

...As to my ideal writing atmosphere, that is a clear table with my laptop upon it, logs blazing in the fireplace, cocoa steaming by my left elbow, the thesis for what I’m writing scrawled on a notebook by my right, and a clear endpoint in mind when I start pounding on the computer keyboard. Music drifts from the speakers and family members are wrapped up in their own business without needing to tap me on my shoulder every five minutes to ask for my input or help.

Pitfalls of Peer Pressure

Basking in the goodness and warmth of the wonderful evening, you're ready to call it a night and head home--when your pocket buzzes. It's the U.S. House Speaker, and he wants you to meet him at a confidential location ASAP. Curious and not a little concerned, you arrive to find a whole third of the House there and listening to the House Speaker, who is on a platform, eloquently discussing a subject that the entire room seems to agree with. You find a seat and begin to listen. Then blink once and stare for a moment. Then for two moments.

My Top Five Christmas Albums

Christmas music is one of the greatest gifts to mankind, right up there with the Reason for the season and dark chocolate. It has a magical sensation about it that just lifts one's spirits with its sleigh bells, festive harmonies and references to winter wonderlands and fireplaces and baby Jesus all wrapped up in silk (realistically speaking more like rough strips of cloth but silk sounds more lyrical)...