The Washington Post had a reader submission request out. What was the best last-minute Christmas gift you ever gave? But initially, I read it wrong and took it to mean presents I had received. OK, selfish me. But some impelling experiences came to me.


John looked up the hill to where his Dad was putting the finishing touches on this year's Halloween display. John had moved on to other interests and was not helping this year. Halloween decorations were childish, and he didn't understand why his parents paid so much attention to this year's decorations.


I posted on using cement on the end grain of a small schooner I was working on a while ago. The logic was that this particular carving would have lots of unsupported end-grain prone to breakage while I was carving.

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