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A Thought for Today

The supply of love will never exceed the demand, but it should.

 

Christmas Eve and I thought Id print a few letters before going out to dinner with friends. Nice notes from old friends and new, the kind of letters that defy answers but deserve to be acknowledged.

A MILLION YEARS AGO

A million years ago, the late sixties -- early seventies I discovered a young poet from the West coast. His words made a lot of sense to a young adult searching for his place in this world.

That was a marriage and a half and two kids ago. The assurance to keep going, keep loving, that I am not the first person to have to go through hell to get to heaven. Rod I am 57 years now with two beautiful grown daughters that turned out well. and a beautiful smart talented wife. The piece of this earth is as a respiratory therapist saving lives every day. My wife and I make lots of money. Thank you for keeping me going in the early years. Bruce Haring

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Rod - Have read and been influenced by your writings since the 60's. Lost touch for a while and now glad to see you touch me in that same deep place.

We are older but so much better - and calmer - and wiser - and more in touch with love than ever . . .Thanks, Dana

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Dear Mr. McKuen, My name is Kylie Clemens and I am 23 years old. I have been a big fan of yours since I was about 13 years old and my mums cousin gave me a book of yours to read because I love to read and write poetry. Your books are amazing and I just want to thank you for all the wonderful words you have written.

I have about 8 of your books now that I have searched long and hard for in used bookshops my most prized one is an autographed copy of Come to me in silence. I know you probably get letters like this all the time and I know not to expect a reply but once again I would like to thank you for all the beautiful words you have written that have touched me in such a way I cant explain. Yours, Kylie.

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I'm so glad I found your web site. Thank you for the many years of enjoyment and wonderful pleasure. Kim Henderson, Ft. Worth, Texas


SEASONED GREETINGS

Hello Rod, Just wanted to wish you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Mildred Mogle

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Hi Rod, We both wanted to wish you a really wonderful Christmas and a happy, healthy & successful 2002. The memory at the forefront of our minds from 2001 will always be your wonderful concert in Aurora, your tremendous performance and the way you graciously accepted our gift of red roses!

We have just returned from Las Vegas, visiting our daughter, her husband and their 3 wonderful daughters. We had a great time, Richard scoured all the used record stores and managed to bring back some interesting items for the shop. We took the 3 little girls to a few yard sales which they absolutely loved, kings for a day spending their $1 pocket money which seemed to stretch so far! Like their Granny & Grandpa they are now totally hooked on searching out a bargain! Take care, Rod, and thanks again for making this year so special for us.

Happy Christmas to you and yours, Fondest love, Ruth & Richard Cargill Christchurch U.K.

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Dear Rod, Just a short note to wish you and Edward a very Merry Christmas. We will be traveling down to Sydney to be with our family and hopefully catch up with a few friends including Jill Bonney if we have the chance. So have a wonderful Christmas, thanks you for being such a great influence on my life and giving me such pleasure. All the very best, Debbie Sweeney

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Hi Rod and Edward; Just wanted to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!! Looking forward to seeing you in the New Year. Hey Rod, I can't believe it but I turned fifty on December 8th. A far cry from that 22 year old who met you in England back in '73! John Olsen

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Hi! Rod, This will be the only chance to send you the very best
and warmest wishes for you to have a healthy, happy, fulfilled, blessed holiday season. One of my highlights of this year was seeing you again after soooo many years. When I can get access to a scanner, I shall send you copies of the pictures taken in Redding.

Since I read your column faithfully, I realize how busy you will be for appearances. If only you could take the time to visit us, we would dearly love it! It's pretty country here! Warmly, Jane Hernandez

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I hope you and Edward have a great Christmas and that Santa brings you all you desire and a happy and healthy 2002.

Been busy in the kitchen yesterday and today I made a mince meat pie , a pecan pie, and some dinner rolls from a recipe that my grandmother used, you wouldn't believe the wondrous smell of those rolls baking this morning. Hugs from me and Ms Molly, Ellen

To all of you; Bruce, Dana, Kylie, Kim, Mildred, Ruth & Richard, Jim & Debbie, John, Jane, Ellen and all of you who keep the mail box filled throughout the year, thanks and a very peaceful Christmas Eve.

Tomorrow morning Ill be back with Santa. Sleep warm.

RM 12/24/2001

THE LAST WORD (OR PERHAPS THE LAST JOKE)

Today it belongs to Eric Yeager.

'World's funniest joke' revealed after Internet vote

Via Reuters December 20

LONDON-- The world's funniest joke, voted by popular demand over the Internet, was unveiled on Thursday by the British Association for the Advancement of Science (BA) after an experiment lasting three months.

Famed fictional detective Sherlock Holmes and his gruff assistant Doctor Watson pitch their tent while on a camping expedition, but in the middle of the night Holmes nudges Watson awake and questions him.

HOLMES: Watson, look up at the stars and tell me what you deduce.

WATSON: I see millions of stars, and if there are millions of stars, and if even a few of those have planets, it is quite likely there are some planets like earth, and if there are a few planets like earth out there might also be life.

HOLMES: Watson, you idiot! Somebody stole our tent.

The BA said the joke was the most popular among 10,000 submitted, being chosen as the best by 47 percent of the 100,000 people from more than 70 countries who took part.

notable birthdays Noelle Adams o Mitchell Ayres o Jill Bennett o Kit Carson o Ruth Chatterton o Mary Higgins Clark o Mike Curb o Ava Gardner o Johnny Gruelle o Carol Haney o Howard Hughes o Robert Joffrey o Ricky Martin o Jonas Mekas o I.F. Stone o Harry Warren o Franz Waxman
Rod's random thoughts Christmas is more like spring than winter; and because the name itself means mass for Christ, there isnt any reason this holiday or holy day should not be celebrated all year long.

Life is too short not to believe in Santa or something.

A Toast: May your hand be full for always, if only with another hand. May your heart be empty only long enough to give you cause to fill it up again.

CHRISTMAS YET TO COME

Tomorrow comes
and Christmas next year too.
And hour upon hour
as afternoons chase evenings
the days turn into decades.

Hark the holidays
and keep them holy
save them all as markers.

One Christmas
not yet here perhaps
but on its way
well be well again.
The world and we.
Ill come back to building bridges.
Youll begin rebuilding me.

-from The Carols of Christmas, 1971

 
1970, 1971, 1984,1999, 2001 by Stanyan Music Group & Rod McKuen. All Rights Reserved
Birthday research by Wade Alexander o Poetry from the collection of Jay Hagan o Coordinated by Melinda Smith
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