• T.J. Burnham

    Adieu 2013, auld lang syne, Guy Lombardo and Times Square

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on December 31, 2013

    Tomorrow: Michigan State vs. Stanford in the granddaddy of all them bowls, the Rose Parade from Pasadena, and lots of good snacks and candy thanks to Santa's bounty (and Wisconsin Cheese Company). Headlong we dive into a new one of those things called a "year." Ready or not, a new, clean page in the calendar to make promises to ourselves about change we know simply are too unrealistic to achieve. I am going to lose weight. I am. Really. I am. I even have a plan to start dieting…

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    So This is Christmas

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on December 24, 2013

    Yes, Virginia, there was a John Lennon who wrote "So This is Christmas" as an inspiration to us all, and with a grim footnote to us all. The gun that took Lennon from us was one of the early shots that have so ravaged our society since, and if we were to take a minute to commemorate all of the gun deaths over the past 20 years, the world would indeed be silent tonight. Don't get me wrong. Owning guns is a right, but we must remember the responsibility that comes with this power…

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    Watching Bustling Crowds A Christmas Treat

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on December 18, 2013

    Here were are once again in the final week before Christmas, and those guys who have been watching football and relaxing in their Lazy Boys are  out in the mall looking lost and bewildered. It's time to grab those red boxes with the pretty ribbon, no matter what perfume they contain, and to decide a desktop marble game is just what she wants. I love to sit in Starbuck's at the shopping center at this time of the year and enjoy the crowds. Everyone is really filled with the…

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    I Call it the 'Beacon and the Bell'

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on December 6, 2013

    Like a sea-sweeping lighthouse beacon , the warning light is similar to Thanksgiving Day, sending out the alarm that unless you get thee to a mall, your Christmas will crash and burn. When Christmas silver bells ring, you had better be tired out every night from fighting the Black Friday- hardened veterans of the shopping center, who will steal your parking spot from  right in front of your Suzuki, and push you away from the last red sweater in  large at Macy's. Yesterday…

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