When I was a teenager, I fell in love with the writings of W. Somerset Maugham. There was no other writer -- except, perhaps, John Steinbeck -- who understood so much about the human condition. One of my favourite Maugham quotes: "It's a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it."
Of course, he also said, "If you want to eat well in England, eat three breakfasts".
January may bring some changes for me on the work front. The irons are still in the fire... But I am enjoying getting ready for Christmas. I love buying things for people, and I'm having fun wrapping their gifts.
"Oh, I can hardly wait until they open that... I'm sure they will love that.... I hope they enjoy that..."
When I was a little kid I could hardly wait to see what I was going to get for Christmas. Now I enjoy with equal pleasure giving Christmas presents to other people.