All of us

In the story, A Christmas Carol, Scrooge gets home on Christmas Eve and is visited by three phantoms. One is Christmas Present. His purpose is to take Scrooge all around town and prove that both the wealthy and the poor seek solace in the cheer of the company of others. He’s introduced to people who are invested in sharing with others, and being grateful for whatever they have, regardless of their means.

The great thing I’ve discovered about blogging is that there aren’t any town boundaries. On line there’s no actual material distance or time zones. Visitors check in on you. If you’re lucky they’ll read you all the way to the end of your post. Then if you’re very very lucky they might even leave a comment about what you’ve written to tell you what they think.

Over the past three years I’ve had a bunch of regular visitors who have turned out to be a happy band of followers. For them it makes absolutely no difference what colour, gender, sexual orientation, politics or religion the writer holds, as long as he or she has conviction in what they believe and holds his or her own. Of course you can’t expect to agree with all of what you read. Left or Right. Blue or Red. Straight or GAY. Maple Surup or Mayonnaise. We keep our own moral high ground over individual differences because we’re invested in reading about each other’s lives. We cast a hook when we write and then reel each other in. That band of bloggers post poems, recipes, music, writing, pictures (of all sorts), personal thoughts, hopes and sometimes their dreams.

I’m no Scrooge but I know what I’ll do if Christmas Present stops by tonight. We’ll go on a blog tour. I’ll show the phantom the true meaning of what it’s like to seek solace in the virtual company of like minded others who are grateful for what they have. Who invest a bit of time to catch up with one another, regardless of our means.

So whether you’re a reader who’s never commented, you’ve done it only once and never again, or you’re a serial visitor, I hope you’ll join the band. All are welcome.

Have a Happy Christmas everyone.

61 thoughts on “All of us

  1. Happy Christmas! I very much enjoy your blog, though I don’t visit as often as some.
    Add me to the maple syrup aficionados, Not a big fan of mayonnaise, however. In the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t matter.

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  2. Hoping you and Guido have a very Merry Christmas! ⛄❄ Hope your sticking is filled with with lots of goodies. Hugs to you both!

    As I’m team mayo and maple syrup.😁


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  3. “Then if you’re very very lucky they might even leave a comment about what you’ve written to tell you what they think.”

    I’m just as guilty as anyone of doing this. I know I have many more visitors to my own blog than who actually leaves comments and I’ve often wondered why. Am I boring? Are the menz I post not what people are looking for? Or are they like me, appreciate the blogger and his content but are just too lazy to comment?

    In any case, Happy Holidays to you and yours and I look forward to your posts in the new year. Maybe I’ll do a better job of letting you know I appreciate you.

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    • I know what you mean. WordPress let’s you track numbers daily. I often wonder what people think when then stumble on my blog.
      I’ve tried clicking on your link several times over the past few months and it says your blog is no longer available. Let me know if it’s just me?
      Glad you’re still reading me.

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  4. What an eloquent post. I was enjoying it until- dum, dum, duuuuum, “maple syrup or mayonnaise” ! Are they interchangeable? Who puts mayo on pancakes or syrup in potato salad? Yes, that is what I got out of this post. I’m shallow that way. Anyway, I love your blog 🙂

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  5. As always, a delightful and thought-provoking post, JP. I don’t believe I’ve commented before, and promise to rectify that. Your blog is one that I very much look forward to reading. Your sense of humor is spot on and always brings a smile to my face if not out right laughter. Please keep writing.

    Wishing you and Guido a Happy Christmas and a lovely New Year.

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  6. Dear JP,
    Not commenting is not only a sign of indifference. At least, in my case, I simply often feel I have nothing to add to what I have read and nothing I need more to feel satisfied. Like a kind of when you get the meal prepared by Guido, you don’t get the urge after licking the plate to start cooking yourself.
    But trust, your blog always triggers a lot of discussion with my husband and i!
    Merry Christmas to you both and all your readers!

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  7. As a devout reader and occasional commenter I think this was a wonderful post. Love hearing about you & Guido & your family which almost makes mine look sane, but it’s a close call. Merry Christmas from California. You have a world wide following.

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  8. Well… that was a sweet post, I hope you and your honey bunny had a wonderful Christmas. I think if the ghost of Christmas present came to me, I would probably say something like, “aaaah, aaaah, holy ship a ghost, aaah!!!

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  9. I absolutely loved your post. I actually love ALL of your posts, but I think this one is my favorite. I have loved connecting with other bloggers out there and the way you wrote about it totally encapsulated what I feel. I look forward to your posts in 2019! I have been out of town for the holiday and I am just catching up on all of my reading!


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