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Observations and views from a different set of eyes

A Soldier’s Silent Night

This is a very touching, beautiful salute to our soldiers!

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Cranky’s Christmas Wish

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I tried to address this card, but I can’t find an envelope big enough to include all the names of the people that I want to send this card to. I’m just going to have to settle for hoping that all you wonderful, talented, creative people that I’ve had the privilege to meet this year get my personal wishes for a Very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, or whatever holiday you celebrate!

There is no card large enough to hold all my love for you guys and there is no way to convey my appreciation for putting up with Cranky’s shenanigans all year!  I hope the next year brings you success, happiness, and a publisher if that’s your desire.

So, from my family to you and yours, Have A Very Merry Christmas.

Love,

Mary Ellen, Danny and Buddy

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Come on, baby, spend Christmas with me!

Everyone can take a few minutes out of their Christmas day to fill someone else with a little Xmas cheer! I’m in!

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A Christmas Gift For You!

A Christmas gift for all!

A Dream Come True

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This morning I got an early Christmas Present.  One of my favorite sites that feature great short stories sent me an e-mail that Alphie Dog Fiction is now offering some free short stories as a gift for Christmas.  When I checked it out, I found that everyone can download these stories for free!

I didn’t want to be selfish so I’m writing this to let all of you know that these great short stories are sitting there waiting for you! You can access them here and then sit back and enjoy!  While you’re there, take a look around and sign up for their newsletter! They’re a great site dedicated to supporting new and emerging writers!

I am a huge supporter of Alphie Dog Fiction (Okay, there are three of my stories available there too.  If your interested in checking them out…go to Authors and look up M E McMahon and…

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Who Gives A Duck?

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Phil Robertson – Redneck Extraordinaire

If you’re expecting this post to be about religion, politics or my views on homosexuality…you might as well click on out of here right now.  Cranky doesn’t write about those things.

Before I begin, for those of you who might not know me, I’m a Northerner who escaped the long, cold winters of New England for the warm Southern nights in Florida over twenty-five years ago.  I have met many “Phil Robertson’s” in my years here.  I also have a son who is gay and I love him, cherish him, and support his lifestyle as long as it brings him happiness. BOOM! Enough said.

Now, let’s take a look at what really happened to Phil Robertson.

The guy gives an interview (yes, I’ve just finished reading it and you can find it here) to a reporter from GQ magazine.  OK, let’s stop right there!  Why is GQ interested in Phil Robertson? Are they going to advertise his duck whistles? Are they interested in opening a “Phil Robertson” line of clothing franchise? Hmmm..no, I believe GQ wanted a funny, satirical, controversial expose on Phil and his redneck ways.

So, what happens? Phil expounds on his own personal beliefs in regards to black oppression and homosexuals. Wow…Phil is the FIRST person to do this, right? Now, gay and liberal rights groups have a new Anti-Gay Poster Boy and religious leaders and bigots have a new Redneck Idol to support…shouting “Free Speech.” A & E adds fuel to the fire by suspending Phil for speaking his mind on what he believes.

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Yup, we now have a controversy larger than Gun Control whipping around the Internet and the news media.  C’mon…who gives a duck?

Could this whole controversy been avoided? Oh yeah. If A & E wanted to protect the patriarch of the Duck Dynasty Cash Cow, they should have sent a staff member over to his shack and taught him the meaning of “this is off the record” or “No comment” thereby robbing the journalist out of one of the juiciest bits for his article.

Phil could have remembered that what you say to a journalist can come back and bite you in the butt. They’re careful on the show not to thump those bibles too loud on controversial issues…so, what was Phil thinking?  Being a true blue redneck, probably not much about the effects his words would have on the future of his reality show.

The end result of all this hullabaloo will probably be that A & E loses some viewers from this broo-ha-ha and eventually Duck Dynasty will be cancelled. Phil and his family have made so much money off the show that they most likely won’t be hurt by all the bad publicity.  They’ll just fade off into the woods and blow up some more beaver dams without cameras tracking their every move and thought.

So, let’s cut everyone a break and move on. After all, with all the other business this nation needs to attend to, do we really need to use Phil as an example of what we personally believe in? I think we can find some better role models than this poor redneck from the deep woods to pick on. And, in all fairness, Phil also was quoted in the same piece as saying:

 “You put in your article that the Robertson family really believes strongly that if the human race loved each other and they loved God, we would just be better off.” Now, come on people, who can argue with that one?

I’m going to share a great piece of advice a teacher who once told me (regarding remarks that went against what I believed in), “Consider the source,” she said. “Always consider the source!”

So, when people ask me what I think about this whole uproar, I say “Who Gives A Duck?”

Just sayin’.

Cranky

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Prayer Request for Katherine

Won’t you join me in sending a prayer to Katherine and her family?

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Happy Days Are Here Again!

Cranky’s back..whoo whoo!

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Oh, how I have missed you all!  With my nose buried in my school work, I’ve had little time to post and keep in contact with all you great people.  But, I pushed and pushed and finished my American Lit Class early so I’m free as a bird until January 6!

So, I’ll be able to do nothing but post for the next couple of weeks…oh, wait a minute.  I do have a few things I’ll probably have to catch up on.

Like, clean the house because I tried to find Danny the other day and had to dig him out of the pile of laundry that I’ve failed to attend to.

Oh, yeah, and let’s not forget that I haven’t shopped for a single Christmas gift…what the hell…I’ve still got six days left!

I’ll probably also have to go food shopping since Danny’s complaining about having Ramen Noodles every…

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Happy Days Are Here Again!

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Oh, how I have missed you all!  With my nose buried in my school work, I’ve had little time to post and keep in contact with all you great people.  But, I pushed and pushed and finished my American Lit Class early so I’m free as a bird until January 6!

So, I’ll be able to do nothing but post for the next couple of weeks…oh, wait a minute.  I do have a few things I’ll probably have to catch up on.

Like, clean the house because I tried to find Danny the other day and had to dig him out of the pile of laundry that I’ve failed to attend to.

Oh, yeah, and let’s not forget that I haven’t shopped for a single Christmas gift…what the hell…I’ve still got six days left!

I’ll probably also have to go food shopping since Danny’s complaining about having Ramen Noodles every night!

I might have to take Buddy to the groomers since his nails now resemble bear claws and I think his fur used to be golden…not dingy grey!

Let’s not forget my annual six to seven hours I need to spend in the kitchen whipping up Christmas Cookies, although I have wondered if anyone would notice if I just got store-bought and packaged them myself.  Maybe they’ll think my baking skills have improved!

Anyway, I have no doubt I’ll still have lots of time to post, somehow, someway!  I’ve got lots to talk about but I have to go now…Danny wants something called “Breakfast.” Lord, I hope I remember how to pour his cereal in a bowl! Oh well, I can always Google it and find out!

It’s great to be back and I’ll be touching base with all of you at some point during this Christmas Break!

Love,

Cranky

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A Gift Everyone Should Hear

Little Claire is a KODA, which is an acronym for Kids Of Deaf Adults.  She wanted her parents to share in the fun of her school Christmas Recital so she signed as she sang. This little angel is only five years old, but has managed to capture the world’s heart!  I can’t watch this without thinking that with all the negative news reports, Claire has saved the Christmas Holidays by providing a gift that everyone should see and hear!

Signing is easy to learn, as Claire demonstrates by being adept at the skill at the tender age of five, but the special facial expressions that she adds are precious and priceless!  Enjoy!

Love,

Cranky

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I’m NOT Superstitious!

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I just feel like staying in bed today…safe and warm…where nothing can harm me…well, okay, maybe I’m a little superstitious.  Have a great Friday, everyone!

Love,

Cranky

 

 

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