Day #28: The Wexford Carol

We begin listening to Christmas Music on December 15th (when we can help it—walking through a store doesn’t count). We have over 700 Christmas songs on our Logitech Squeezebox, which we’ve been collecting for decades. The more obscure the better. Do you know “The Wexford Carol”? This version, sung by Alison Krauss and accompanied by Yo-Yo Ma, will put you in a contemplative mood. So beautiful! Take a few minutes to listen.

Day #8: Hometown

I will always be thankful for my roots in Rice Lake, Wisconsin. I was born there, I lived there until I was seven, and I spent every summer and holiday there until I was 16. It was my home, the place I still visit in my dreams. I breathe more thoroughly there. Growing up in a small town provided me with opportunities I didn’t have as a latch-key kid in the Twin Cities. This is a photo of Rice Lake with its 1926 Christmas decorations (before my time) that captures the spirit of this lovely gem in Wisconsin.

Rice Lake, WIsconsin, Christmas, 1926