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Today is Monday, December 23.

What's the Heirloom Christmas Book about?

It is a BIG e-book with all the stories, that your great
grandmother recited or read to your grandmother, when she
was a kid. I want these stories preserved.

You may know what it is about, when somebody mentions
"bittersweet love like in 'The Gift Of The Magi',"
but with today's education, your kids or even their teachers,
probably don't know. So I collected these classics and put
them all together into one e-book.

This book of Christmas Stories is a cultural treasure, that should
be passed on to our descendants. Since it is in e-book format,
you can put it onto a CD for each kid, and fill the rest of the
CD with family pictures and other keepsakes,
making it a true heirloom.

I have produced a smaller version last year. This final
edition has more stories and illustrations, but I kept the
price down to the same $10.

The Heirloom Christmas Book also makes a nice
Christmas gift!

Click on the
book cover
to get your copy

or click on Heirloom Christmas Book

Today's International Bonehead Award goes to West Point perv jailed for owning and trading child porn Details at International Bonehead Awards
This morning I briefly listened to the local radio. VERY briefly. Sunday morning I have to divvy out all my pills for the week, and as soon as I sat down to look at my list, which I got online, so that I can see it from anywhere, I clicked on Accuradio, and just for fun slected the FOLK channel. The first song was "Gramma got run over by a reindeer". What a great start of the day! That was followed by one Sing-Along-Song after the other. I think I'll make that channel a habit for early morning. Have FUN! DearWebby
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Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat scorned. --- Milton Friedman My Grandmother is over eighty and still doesn't need glasses. Drinks right out of the bottle. --- Henny Youngman
A man and woman had been married for more than 60 years. They had shared everything. They had talked about everything. They had kept no secrets from each other except that the little old woman had a shoe box in the top of her closet that she had cautioned her husband never to open or ask her about. For all of these years, he had never thought about the box, but one day the little old woman got very sick and the doctor said she would not recover. In trying to sort out their affairs, the little old man took down the shoe box and took it to his wife's bedside. She agreed that it was time that he should know what was in the box. When he opened it, he found two crocheted dolls and a stack of money totaling $95,000. He asked her about the contents. "When we were to be married," she said, "my grandmother told me the secret of a happy marriage was to never argue. She told me that if I ever got angry with you, I should just keep quiet and crochet a doll." The little old man was so moved; he had to fight back tears. Only two precious dolls were in the box.. She had only been angry with him two times in all those years of living and loving. He almost burst with happiness. "Honey," he said, "that explains the dolls, but what about all of this money? Where did it come from?" "Oh," she said, "that's the money I made from selling the dolls."
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Mrs. Johnson decided to have her portrait painted by a famous artist. She told the artist, "Paint me with diamond earrings, a diamond necklace, emerald bracelets and a ruby pendant." "But you are not wearing any of those things." "I know," said Mrs. Johnson. "My health is not good and my husband is having an affair with his secretary. When I die I'm sure he will marry her, and I want her to go nuts looking for the jewelry."
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An INTERNATIONAL BONEHEAD AWARD goes to Ricky Patrick Hester, 23, from Indiana Jailed for owning and trading child porn A West Point cadet was charged today with receiving or distributing child pornography after federal agents discovered that he swapped illicit videos with online contacts, one of whom he allegedly asked in an e-mail, “Do you trade videos of boys? I love man boy hardcore.” During a court-ordered search yesterday of his barracks, Ricky Patrick Hester, 23, confessed to using an e-mail account ( to send and receive videos showing children engaged in sexual acts, according to a felony complaint filed in U.S. District Court. Seen above, Hester, an Indiana native, also reportedly copped to maintaining a Dropbox account holding “20 videos and 100 digital images containing child pornography.” If convicted of the felony charge, Hester faces a mandatory minimum of five years in prison (and a max of 20 years in custody). The investigation of Hester was an outgrowth of an earlier probe targeting an e-mail address that had been used to “express an interest in trading” child porn. An examination of that account by federal agents revealed incriminating correspondence sent from Hester’s Yahoo account. Tech Support Pits From: Georgina Re: Lighting Dear Webby, I realize that flash ruins pictures, so what's your secret for Christmas pictures? Thanks Georgina Dear Georgina You can use a flash, if it is a detachable or remote slave flash, held about as far away as you can reach. If you don't have a slave flash, get one of those rectangular Quartz work lights, that look like an outdoor security light but have a big alligator clip instead of a pipe mount, and can be clipped to a stepladder or shelf. They cost about $12 and provide a very nice and warm light. Again, the best location for the light is an arms length to the side of you and half an arms length higher than the camera. You may have seen clip-art of photographers from two hundred years ago, holding a flash pan up and out at an arms length. They used magnesium and gun powder in a metal dust pan for the flash. Because of the cost of each shot, the location had to be perfect. A flash on the camera might be convenient, but that just produces the flat "deer in the headlights" shots, that you are trying to avoid. Have FUN! DearWebby
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Daily tip from Put Timer on Water Heater Why heat your water for 24 hours? Just install a Hot water heater timer purchased from Lowes. Set the timer for 1 hour before rising in the morning, preferably during non peak hours as designated by Utility and for 1 hour in the evening prior to taking showers and baths, (after Utility peak hours). On Saturday, or laundry day, place the manual setting "on" for laundry day. As the timer cycles it will automatically go back to the timed settings. You can maintain the temperature at 120 degrees while saving money. Source: Info received from Lows Water Heater Timer packaging years ago. By Larry from FL Nowadays, with properly insulated water heaters, that has become obsolete, except maybe in Europe, where they have different electricity rates for different times of the day. Location and insulation make a much bigger difference. Ideally your water heater should be above the "wet" areas, kitchen, bathroom, shower. And it should be in the hot attic, not in the cold basement. Also ideally, you should have one or two old, burned out but not leaking hot water tanks up there, with the insulation stripped, pre-heating the water from the hot attic air. That way the actual water heater gets pre-heated, luke-warm water instead of ice cold water from the main or the well. If there is an extended power failure, you still got luke-warm water for a few days. Next time there is a flood or somebody has an indoor flood, and they put their hot water tank out by the curb, because the inulation got wet, grab it and use it as a pre-heater. Just strip off the insulation, give the neighborhood Rambo a beer to muscle it up into the attic, and connect it into the feed line for the hot water tank. The savings are almost unbelievable! While you are up there, close the attic vents, that the heating fuel distributor talked you into. Open them in the summer, but close them with an old sleeping bag or piece of styrofoam in winter. Have FUN! DearWebby Check out ThriftyFun's Blog
Mrs. Hunter was called to serve for jury duty, but asked to be excused because she didn't believe in capital punishment and didn't want her personal thoughts to prevent the trial from running its proper course. But the public defender liked her thoughtfulness and quiet calm, and tried to convince her that she was appropriate to serve on the jury. "Madam," he explained, "this is not a murder trial! It's a simple civil lawsuit. A wife is bringing this case against her husband because he gambled away the $12,000 he had promised to use to remodel the kitchen for her birthday." "Well, okay," agreed Mrs. Hunter, "I'll serve. I guess I could be wrong about capital punishment after all."
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A prospective juror was being questioned by the District Attorney for a murder trial that had been in all the papers. "If the defendant were to be convicted tomorrow, could you kill him for his crime ?" "Well, no." replied the man. "But I could do it on Saturday if that would be OK."
A realty salesman had just closed his first deal, only to discover that the piece of land he had sold was completely under water. "That customer's going to come back here pretty mad," he said to his boss. "Should I give him his money back?" "Money back?" roared the boss. "What kind of salesman are you? Get out there and sell him a houseboat."

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Today, December 23, in
1788 Maryland voted to cede a 100-square-mile area 
 for the seat of the national government. About 
 two-thirds of the area became the District of Columbia.
1823 The poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" by Clement C. Moore 
 (" 'Twas the night before Christmas...") was published.
1834 English architect Joseph Hansom patented his 'safety cab', 
 better known as the Hansom cab.
1880 Thomas Edison incorporated the Edison Electric Light 
 Company of Europe.
1888 Following a quarrel with Paul Gauguin, Dutch painter 
 Vincent Van Gogh cut off part of his own earlobe.
1919 The first ship designed to be used as an ambulance 
 for the transport of patients was launched. The hospital 
 ship was named USS Relief and had 515 beds.
1941 During World War II, American forces on Wake Island 
 surrendered to the Japanese.
1942 Bob Hope agreed to entertain U.S. airmen in Alaska. 
 It was the first of the traditional Christmas shows.
1947 John Bardeen, Walter H. Brattain and William Shockley
 invented the transistor.
1948 Former Japanese premier Hideki Tojo and six other 
 Japanese war leaders were executed in Tokyo. They had been 
 found guilty of crimes against humanity and being on the 
 losing side.
1953 Soviet secret police chief Lavrenti Beria and six of 
 his associates were shot for treason after a secret trial.
1965 A 70-mph speed limit was introduced in Britain.
1968 Eighty-two crewmembers of the U.S. intelligence ship 
 Pueblo were released by North Korea, 11 months after 
 they had been captured.
1981 NASA approved a plan to continue the Voyager II 
 spacecraft on a trajectory that would take it within 66,000 
 miles of Uranus on July 24, 1986.
1986 The experimental airplane Voyager, piloted by Dick 
 Rutan and Jeana Yeager, completed the first non-stop, 
 around-the-world flight without refueling as it landed 
 safely at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
1987 Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, serving a life sentence for 
 the attempted assassination of U.S. President Ford in 1975, 
 escaped from the Alderson Federal Prison for Women in West 
 Virginia. She was recaptured two days later.
1989 Ousted Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu and his 
 wife, Elena, were captured as they were attempting to 
 flee their country.
1990 Elections in Yugoslavia ended, leaving four of its 
 six republics with non-Communist governments.
1995 A fire in Dabwali, India, killed 540 people, including 
 170 children, during a year-end party being held near the 
 children's school.
1997 Terry Nichols was convicted by a Denver jury on charges 
 of conspiracy and involuntary manslaughter in the 1995 
 federal building bombing in Oklahoma City. The bomb killed 
 168 people and severely injured my friend Martin.
1998 Guerrillas in south Lebanon fired dozens of rockets 
at northern Israel. 
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