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a christmas carol

Olde England 1840’s

Well, it’s the holidays once more, and we are surrounded by music, food and shopping.  It’s supposed to be one of the happiest times of year, and this year for me is one of the happiest holiday seasons in a while.  I have a wonderful family,  including a new grandson, almost 2 months old, wonderful friends, a warm home. What more could I ask for? I want for nothing. Yet with all the suffering in the world, and right here in the Bay Area,  I can’t help feeling some sadness.

I’m sad for those living on the streets, many of whom suffer from mental illness.  I’m sad for those that have nothing more to do than hate other people who don’t share the same beliefs or lifestyle.  I’m sad for the elderly with no one to talk to, and no one to spend a holiday with. The kids, who, through no fault of their own, find themselves in foster care.  Sometimes the people who take them in are caring, sometimes they’re not.  The list could go on and on.  What are we to do?

I love the book The Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens.  The main character, Scrooge, seems to be irredeemingly nasty.  As you probably know, he has  three ghostly visitations, which help him see, who he once was, and who he could be if he chose to change his ways.  He does change his ways, and the rest of his life is happy, and he becomes well-loved by all who know him.

I don’t propose that we all need to go through that kind of experience to change our ways, but we do need to stop and think about how we are living our lives.  Are we being kind to those around us?  Are we trying to do something, even a little something, to make the place where we live, a bit happier, and safer for all of us?  I don’t know enough about the world, and it’s affairs. but I can do something for those around me.  I try to say hello to those around me, show respect to those strangers who may make me uncomfortable,  but I don’t want to ignore them and make them feel invisible. I give to charities and causes that I hope will make a difference in someone’s life.  It’s not a lot, but it’s the best I can do.

What can you do?  Even a little smile to someone on the street may make their day.  A donation to help those in need can mean a lot.  A little of your time for a cause you support. Anything you do helps.  It won’t change the world, but it might make you happier too.   Then you can feel free to sing your own song of holiday cheer.

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Join us at this informative seminar for small businesses in Fremont.

Fremont Main Library – Fukaya Meeting Room

Thursday, September 20, 2012, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

The holidays can be the best time to re-launch your marketing plans to increase sales, bring in new business, and reconnect with current customers. If you’re looking for opportunities to cost-efficiently boost your holiday marketing, this seminar is for you. Topics will include:

• Creating a holiday marketing plan
• Leveraging traditional and new marketing tools to increase holiday sales
• Holiday marketing tips
• Using the holidays to increase the value of yourbrand.

This seminar is FREE to all attendees.  Advance reservations are required.  Refreshments will be served.  Register on-line at  http://acsbdc.org/events2

Sponsored by the Alameda County Library with generous assistance from the City of Fremont, the Alameda County Small Business Development Center and the Fremont Chamber of Commerce.

 

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The annual Chinese New Year Celebration is scheduled on Saturday, 1/21, this year. 

If you had been here for the previous years celebration, you would know how many informative and fun activities/programs we would have for this big event.   If you haven’t gotten the chance to attend before, mark your calendar, and make sure you do bring your kids to participate this year.   I promise that you won’t go home with an empty hand.

This year, the Lunar Chinese New Year falls on Monday, 1/23 – which is 2 weeks from today.  And according the the traditions, Chinese people actually do start to prep for the celebration a month ahead.  For more information on Chinese New Year, click here.

Look forward to seeing you at the big celebration in the Fremont Library on 1/21/12.

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Hope you had a warm and very merry Christmas! 

Even library is closed today, please remember you can still use the virtual library 24/7 to read/listen to an ebooks, visit various databases to do you research, or renew your checked out items….. etc. 

Don’t let the less open hours discourges your experience with library services.  Try a few clicks for yourself and you will know: in terms of using the digital Alameda County Library, sky is the limit.

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funny pictures of cats with captions
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This season is full of different holidays that folks celebrate. There are so many, in fact, that it’s difficult to keep track of them. (Or…maybe that’s just me.) In any case, as a public service I offer you a listing of where we stand in the holiday season

* Eid al-Adha was celebrated this year from 8 December to 11 December. Next year, this Muslim festival will fall in November.

* Saturnalia is an ancient Roman celebration that falls on 17 December.

* Yalda is a Persian holiday celebrated on 21 December.

* The Winter Solstice was on 21 December. You can watch it happen at Newgrange here. (requires Windows Media player.)

* Festivus is celebrated on 23 December.

* Christmas (25 December) is over. I hope that those of you who celebrate it had a great one.

* Yule occurs on 25 December, but may include celebrations that occur on the Solstice or other nearby days.

* Boxing Day was on 26 December. Did you find any good sales?

* St. Stephen’s Day is either on 26 December (for the Western church) or 27 December (for the Eastern Church.)

* Hanukkah began at sundown on 21 December and ends at sunset on 29 December.

* Kwanzaa runs from 26 December to 1 January.

* Hogmanay begins on 31 December, but these days it can last a couple of extra days…

* New Year’s Day is always on 1 January.

* Twelfth Night falls on either 5 January (the night before Epiphany) or 6 January (Epiphany) depending upon whom you ask.

* Sankranti falls on 14 January and is celebrated a bit differently depending upon where you live.

Did I miss a holiday? Please let me know, and have an fabulous holiday season.

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