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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
I’d 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
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
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
We are older but so much better - and calmer - and wiser - and more in
touch with love than ever . . .Thanks, Dana
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.
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
Just wanted to wish you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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
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
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
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
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 I’ll be back with Santa. Sleep warm.
WORD (OR PERHAPS THE LAST JOKE)
Today it belongs to Eric
'World's funniest joke' revealed after Internet
Via Reuters December 20
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.