Short cuts

Christmas, kids and Eugene McCarthy -- brevity is the soul of TT this week.

By Salon Staff

Published December 16, 2005 10:00AM (EST)

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Grace Newton - 11:16 a.m. Pacific Time - Dec. 13, 2005 - #4097 of 4389

To me Christmas smells like pine branches, apples, cinnamon, cloves, orange zest and bread baking. Apple wood fires and sweet clover hay. (We always went to the barn every Christmas Eve -- didn't everyone?) Talcum powder and lavender, rose water and freshly ironed linen. And that indescribable smell of "Snow's coming" breathed in with the sharp, cold, crisp, utterly clean mountain air. Air so clean when you topped the big hill in back of the barn, you could see for miles and every feature was as pristine as if it were just created for your viewing pleasure and freshly hung against the intensely, deeply blue sky. That's Christmas.

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The Black Sheep Club

lcannady - 12:16 p.m. Pacific Time - Dec. 9, 2005 - #54 of 202

If it's the Universe telling you anything, which I have to say I don't believe, it's that this child needed the best mother available, and there you were.

This is the kindest, sweetest thing I've ever heard, and even though it wasn't directed at me, this comment reminds me that no matter how much I fuck up, the universe keeps sending people into my life who constantly restore my beaten-up faith in humanity.

I also have a special needs child, and it's funny because I never think of him as having needed me. I always think of him as having been sent to save me.

Actually, props to my family, because they like me so much more since he was born. My coat is a little lighter -- more heather than charcoal gray. Baaaaaaaaaaaa.

News and the Media

Obituaries for 2005

DebG - 08:45 p.m. Pacific Time - Dec. 10, 2005 - #1565 of 1576

The passing of McCarthy rocks me. I worked so hard for his campaign. I did everything. I wrote a letter to the editor. I scurried about with petitions. I canvassed. I stood outside the polling place. I manned a table in the student union. Weren't too many of us, as I recall. To me, Eugene McCarthy had a message that none of the Democrats had. So many in that crowded field back in '76. Fred Harris. Birch Bayh. Mo Udall. Eugene McCarthy. Jimmy Carter. Almost all of them came to campus, and I made a point of going to hear every one of them. My first time voting in a national election and I was going to make an informed decision. I cannot tell you specifics of Eugene McCarthy's speech. But I can tell you that he electrified me. I was kind of far back in the room, so I didn't get to see him that clearly, but I do recall feeling I was in the presence of greatness.

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