Monthly Archives: December 2014

New Year’s Eve

Kage Baker was always resolutely cheerful on New Year’s Eve. She was by no means one of those folks who is always urging everyone to look on the bright side of life. Momma called her “my unhappy little pine tree” … Continue reading

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2014 In Review II – By Me

Kage Baker loved year-end lists. She liked making them; she liked reading them. She liked exploring the categories other people thought were important – what does it say about a society that wants a list of badly-dressed celebrities? Kittens in … Continue reading

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2014 In Review – By WordPress

Kage Baker, Dear Readers – my perennial header – has inspired WordPress once again to compare us to the Sydney Opera House. This time, we could have filled the Fish-swallowing-a-fish-swallowing-another-fish Hall 9 times! Readers have come from 41 countries, which … Continue reading

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There’ll Be A Hot And Cold (and Quiet) Time Tonight

Kage Baker always did her best to spend the week between Christmas and New Year in quiet  and privacy. A seasonal hermitage would have  pleased her most – as it was, living 300 miles from any notable population centers and … Continue reading

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Boxing Day

Kage Baker always planned for a quiet, insular Boxing Day. Traditionally, in its homeland of Merrie Olde England, Boxing Day was the day employers gave presents to their employees – especially household servants. Those were ordinarily loftovers of food and … Continue reading

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The Day Itself

Kage Baker actually enjoyed Christmas Day. Hip-deep in family, noise and kitchen disasters though she usually was, she enjoyed the mad whirl of The Day. Even on years when we got up at 3 AM to drive to Los Angeles … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve

Kage Baker liked to retreat on Christmas Eve. It was time to fort up, she said, as early in the day as you could manage it. Ideally, one didn’t have to work; on years when we did, we headed home … Continue reading

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The Halcyon Days: On Time & In Place

Kage Baker, as I have mentioned before, loved the Halcyon Days. That’s not a generalization, though in these less-than-golden times the phrase has come to mean simply “calm weather.  The OED refers to “a period of peace and happiness; an … Continue reading

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Feeling Like Christmas

Kage Baker was always concerned about the amorphous condition of “feeling like Christmas”. It was something she wanted, and courted quite seriously. There was no one, definitive path to the feeling – but there were landmarks and sign posts that … Continue reading

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Nearly Solstice

Kage Baker always celebrated the Winter Solstice. The Summer one, as well; and the two Equinoxes, those festivals of equipoise and calendrical toe shoes … but the Summer Solstice was inarguably her favourite. “The longest day!” she would exult. “The … Continue reading

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