Holiday’s Past

“I like to compare the holiday season
with the way a child listens to a favorite story.
The pleasure is in the familiar way the story begins,
the anticipation of familiar turns it takes,
the familiar moments of suspense, and
the familiar climax and ending.”
Fred Rogers

Holiday's Past

The day after Christmas I found myself watching old Christmas TV shows and movies, like The Twilight Zone and  A Christmas Story. I watched  an episode of The Twilight Zone from 1960 that I’ve watched maybe a dozen times, but this time I saw the story in a whole new light.

Rod Serling is a favorite writer of mine for a very long time. My admiration for Serling stems from his ability to take a short story about an individual and make you care what happens to that person. He could show humanity in so many different lights. Always subtly weaving into each story a political or human antidote.

In the violent world we live in today, watching old Christmas shows and movies gives us a feeling of comfort. We’re familiar with the story. We know how it ends. Yet as an adult, each time we watch, we see something new or different. Each time we learn something new about ourselves and about holiday’s past.

Shine On

Mele Kalikimaka

“Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling.”
Edna Ferber

A Ukulele Christmas

Some of you might remember that I started playing the ukulele a few months back. My love for the ukulele has grown and so has my passion for finding new ukulele artists and music.

I discovered this ukulele virtuoso and award-winning artist Brittni Paiva, who has developed a strong following internationally and back at home in Hawaii.

Paiva started playing piano at the age of four and slowly added drums, bass, and guitar until the age of 11 when she found her love for the ukulele.

This young ukulele virtuoso has released five albums, two singles, and contributed to various compilations such as Legends of the Ukulele Vol. 2. She was the first recipient of the Ukulele Album of the Year category of the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.

If you haven’t heard her play, I thought I’d share with my fellow bloggers Paiva playing The Christmas Song. Here’s wishing all of you a Mele Kalikimaka.

Shine On

Lights of Christmas

“Christmas is forever, not for just one day,
for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away
like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.
The good you do for others is good you do yourself.”
Norman Wesley Brooks

Christmas Lights

Redondo Beach Annual Christmas Boat Parade is truly a highlight of the holiday season in Redondo Beach. The harbor area along Harbor Drive lights up with many of the boats in the Marina. Most boat owners lighting their boats throughout the holiday season.

Viewing for the actual boat parade can be seen from many of the restaurants, on the pier or along the break wall. The boats are quite a site to behold. One boat after the other more decorated with lights and the Christmas spirit for all to enjoy.

Have a great Christmas eve and hope everyone enjoys their own as well as others lights of Christmas.

Shine On

Creatures of Beauty

“For small creatures such as we
the vastness is bearable only through love.”
Carl Sagan

Creatures of Beauty

A few years back I heard this Christmas instrumental, Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24 from the album, Christmas Eve and Other Stories. It was on their debut album by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. The song kept playing over and over in my head until  I put together this music video.

Don’t really know why all these animal images came to my mind, but these animals in the video are all creatures of beauty.

Shine On


Countdown to Christmas

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world,
and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”
Norman Vincent Peale

Countdown to Christmas

I can’t believe we are just a few short weeks away from Christmas. This year has flown by so fast for me, as I’m sure for most fellow bloggers.

I discovered this fun website that allows you to embed a countdown clock for anything you want to countdown. The website is, and I decided to dedicate a post to the countdown to christmas.

Shine On