Uber and Lyft on mini toy cars.

Uber lifts you up

On the road again this week for 🧳, the standard round trip between Baltimore and Long Island.  As I have wrinkled, the modernity of travel has depreciated quite a bit.

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Is Santa real or fake?

Is Santa Claus real? The other day I asked a co-worker from India if he celebrates Christmas. His daughter Sasha had recently asked him if Santa was real. Not wanting to lie to his child, he told her the truth, but asked her not to tell her classmates because it could make them feel sad. When her Grandmother visited later and asked Sasha “What is Santa bringing you?”, Sasha whispered to her Dad, “Do I have to lie to Grandma too?”


Is Santa Claus real? Ho! Ho! Ho!

This little story kind of describes what Christmas is all about. Though Christmas is a religious holiday for some, it is not just for Christians. It has become a cultural phenomenon. We may all have our own expectations and they may differ as much as Sasha’s differ from her classmates. But beyond the scriptures, just as Sasha and her schoolmates may have differing beliefs, we can all celebrate with our friends and families and honour the spirit of giving.


Written by Margaret Pendleton & published with permission.


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Word of the Week: Parang

  • Parang (n) :  A traditional Venezuelan-derived type of singing, sometimes improvisational, on religious themes, usually entirely in Spanish, performed around Christmas, in house-to-house carolling or while visiting friends. (Spanish parranda ‘serenading; going out and singing; having a good time’)
    • I myself buy rum for when the neighbours come over, and when the parang pass playing the quatros and signing the seranales for Christmas.

Wreaths Across America @ Arlington National Cemetery a new Christmas tradition?

The “holiday” season is not at the top of my shortlist of favourite times of the year because the days get curtailed during the wintertime in Maryland and twilight descends onto the streets like a horde of locusts squeezing out the sun around five o’clock every night.

Two girls gossiping

Word of the Week: Koté-si Koté-la

  • Koté-si Koté-la, coté-ci coté-la (phr): Gossip usually of the amusing kind or [used as an adjunct] And so on and so forth; etcetera.
    • Look I ain[‘t] wan[t] to be in dis coté-ci coté-la, yo[u] see! All dis dem sa[y] he sa[y] ain'[t] fo[r] me.

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Source: Dictionary of Caribbean English Usage by Richard Allsopp.

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