Monthly Archives: December 2013

Tuning Up for Christmas

By Esther C. Baird/Tri-Town Transcript columnist
First Published in the Tri-Town Transcript December 20, 2013

So we have this piano. It came with our house. Technically, we asked if it could stay, and in a back-saving move, the owner said yes. I’d wanted a piano so that our two daughters could learn to play and read music. Everybody knows that music magically wires children’s brains so that they become musical prodigies, or Nobel prize winners, or the first person to go to Mars. I’d enjoy the fruits of their labor as their mother: the one who made them take piano lessons….
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Meet Me at the Bonfire

By Esther C. Baird/Tri-Town Transcript columnist
First Published in the Tri-Town Transcript December 6, 2013

I’ll admit I’m the queen of early Christmas crazy, but even I have lines drawn in the decorative cotton snow that I will not cross. Sending out Christmas cards before Thanksgiving is one of them. I think we can all agree that’s just a bit much.

Cue my laid back friend who arrives to things when she’s ready, who enjoys the actual moment she’s in, who prefers to linger with people instead of rushing . . . who sent out her card pre-Turkey. The world was upside down! What was a Type A Christmas maniac like me to do!? …
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