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Tuned In or Tuned Out?

What are you tuned into at the moment?

If you live in the Western world (i.e. the United States and all the places it influences), then you're probably tuned into Christmas. Doesn't really matter if your Christian, atheist, or other. Tis the season, yes?

Yet this is also the season when stress levels go up, and suicide rates go up.

The only thing that goes down is money in the checking account...

and maybe, well, we won't go there...

I've been the proverbial "sick dog" for the past few days, but my brain is still active. Ain't that a bitch? :)

Drop me an email some time, my good droogies. I miss you all.

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  1. Hey, Bret, hope you're feeling better soon.

    I'm tuned into Christmas by the way. Even though I'm an atheist and have been since 1967, it's hard to shake off those old memories. I can't help thinking about Christmas and not remember Jesus in his cradle and the old Polish songs my parents loved to sing about Bethlehem and what it meant.

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