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Santa NewtonSanta Claus Is Still Coming To Town

We’ll not forget the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, CT.

While we grieve the slaughter of innocents, this tragic act serves as a reminder of how precious, how fragile, the gift of life is.

Whatever your religious beliefs, let’s not forget to appreciate the Christmas spirit.

Set aside your politics and prejudice, the spirit of Christmas is about giving.  In the spirit of Christmas, we need to turn to those we love, family and friends and give of ourselves.

Not to pontificate, it’s easy for people this time of year to find a reason to be unhappy.  Let’s not forget those less fortunate and find joy in all we have been given.

These lyrics from Santa Claus is Coming to Town come to mind…

You better watch out
You better not cry
You better not pout
I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town

Merry Christmas!  Happy Hanukkah! Happy Holidays!  And be good for goodness sake!

Author’s note:  I debated posting the cartoon caricature of Santa and decided it was too compelling (not the message, the picture of Santa).  My apologies if you find it disturbing.  I wrote this to remind myself what Christmas means to me, how I am dealing with the unimaginable evil of the mass murder at Sandy Hook and I decided to share.

Dolly has escaped her captor(s)? and has been seen partying with known revelers in MA recently.  It remains uncertain how Dolly managed to escape.  With some degree of certainty we can report Dolly has been receiving daily massages and Botox injections which has produced some amazing results best described as artificial inflation.  Dolly was last reported to be seen heading south...

 

Dolly and boyfriend Ziggy

Dolly Has Been Traveling in Questionable Company...

Recently, we asked Dolly's kidnappers for the terms of her release and return safely to Integra.  It turns out Dolly has some terms of her own.  It seems though her kidnappers, too, are concerned about her getting plenty of attention and exposure to world travels.  Our designated world traveler, Abby would probably be willing to take Dolly with her on her travels.  Abby's been to Cancun, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Ireland, Scotland, France, Australia and New Zealand.  She is planning trips to South America and St. Lucia.  Dolly could certainly enjoy some spectacular sites.  The only problem would be whether Abby had room for Dolly among all her other stuff including dancing shoes, rubber duckie, People magazines, unopened workout videos, hotel property to include towels, lotions, cue tips, mouthwash, pens, and stationary...

Dolly's demands, in her own words.

I think I really just want to return to FL.  At least for awhile.  I am not demanding anything much just some time with you all, my adopted family.  I am not sure if you heard about the death of my grandmother' and namesake's father recently.  It made me very sad. (see below).  So I was named after Dolly Parton too!

If I can find a way back to Integra, will someone there be able to take me with them when they go on trips?  I really do enjoy that, and have been doing that with the people I stay with.  Yes, the actual travel is awkward, folded and sometimes pulled at when in a suitcase by what is called a TSA agent. But I did find my real sister in New Orleans during one of those trips, and met a very nice companion, Ziggy.  Did you get my other photos?

I have heard of something called C.O.D., maybe I can use that to return, would that be OK?   Us sheep are not good with initials after BaaBaa.

Yours truly, Dolly

 LONDON -- Keith Campbell, a prominent biologist who worked on cloning Dolly the sheep, has died at 58, the University of Nottingham said Thursday.  Campbell, who had worked on animal improvement and cloning since 1999, died Oct. 5, university spokesman Tim Utton said. He did not specify the cause, only saying that Campbell had worked at the university until his death.  Campbell began researching animal cloning at the Roslin Institute near Edinburgh in 1991. The experiments led to the birth in 1996 of Dolly the sheep, the first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell.  The sheep was named after singer Dolly Parton. Researchers at the time said that the sheep was created from a mammary gland cell, and that Parton offered an excellent example.

Hello Dolly!  Latest Dolly sightings:

Mexico – March, 2012. Puerto Rico – January, 2012, Los Angeles -  March 2011; New Orleans October, 2010

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Missing since October, 2010 almost two years from this breaking news story, recent developments have caused us to believe Dolly may be still alive and apparently thriving!  An anonymous source has provided us with evidence Dolly has been vacationing in Venice Beach, California.  Apparently she has acquired a drinking habit!  We remain uncertain as to whether Dolly will return to her rightful owners.

Here are the latest photos (click on thumbnails to see the photos) they do not appear to be Photoshopped) and THE ORIGINAL WANTED POSTER.  We have no reason to believe Dolly has met with any harm.  Any information you might have that will lead to the safe return of Dolly and the apprehension of her captors would be greatly appreciated.  Sadly there has been no information reported about the whereabouts or fate of poor Betsy Lou.

Both Dolly and Betsy Lou starred in the iDentifi.Trak Farm Audit, a short film and satire shown at the 2010 Integra User and Training Conference.

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I'll be on a plane tomorrow on 9-11-2011.  After enduring 10 years of security screenings do you think for one moment I would hesitate to travel on 9-11-2011?

 God bless those who sacrificed their lives on 9-11, to their families and their friends on 9-11-and all of those who remain committed to protecting our freedom.

Below a tribute to all our heroes, then and now.  Thank you!

They Never Asked to be Our Heroes

God help those less fortunate. 
Pray their souls find peace and harmony.
There seems no end to those who suffer
There seems no end to their misery
God in all your wisdom
Find them redemption and salvation, too.
 
Those who died, left undiscovered,
Those who died for our sins past.
They never asked to be our heroes,
They never asked for their fate cast.
They only lived to be our friends and lovers,
They only lived to be our fathers and mothers,
They only lived as God’s children do.
 
There is no will to look away. 
There is no way to escape from the view. 
What’s left is to look to each other, 
For the answers we already knew. 
For our moment of truth is our salvation.
 
by Alan Wiessner - 10-21-2001

My wife Terri and I were joking about having dinner out tonight at 4 PM.  It was great!  The food, the wine, spectacular!  As we left the restaurant, the parking lot was full.  The crowds were gathering.  How old are we?!! 

 We reminisced about how we'll miss all the dress up, all the glitz, all the kisses and hugs tonight from friends and revelers, alike. For those of you old enough to understand the term, we are just "fuddy-duddy's".  Yet, there's still hope.  We have set the alarm for 11:59 PM tonight to wish each other and all of you a  Happy New Year!

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