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Dear Friends and Family...


As promised yesterday, I have assembled an annual family update letter from sentences plucked not entirely at random from this year's crop. Here is the composite result. I've changed the names, but otherwise everything is as written and each sentence is from a different letter.

Dear everyone,

I resolve every year to get my holiday letter out early, but this year I was especially motivated because we've moved and I'm hoping not to miss any of the letters and cards we enjoy receiving every year.

Fred powered past a benign brain tumor, seizure and heart attack--then had bypass surgery in September. After many years of suffering, we finally discovered a name for his ailment: "Leaky Gut Syndrome." Ricky continues his demanding work with Youthdale's troubled adolescents. They have purchased a border terrier puppy that will arrive in January.

We are winding up the gardening season -- one large red onion and lots of garlic waiting to enrich our meals, and still a pile of pine straw mulch to distribute about the place. My research-study leave related to learning about osteoarthritis genetics through coursework in statistical software, epidemiology, genetic studies, and developing a new method for studying functional differences in disease-related genes. Kindergarten will be over all too soon, so I am enjoying my glimpses into it while I can.

As we go to press, Ethel is finishing her semester in Ecuador (Boston University's Tropical Ecology Program). She gave up crawling and now walks all the time, occasionally venturing off on her own to explore. And if there is a better way to spend a drizzly Sunday evening than nestled on the couch en famille, watching a BBC costume drama, we have yet to experience it.

With the drama behind us (for now), we are all enjoying our routines. You know--do good work, find a new school for the kids, pay the mortgage, paint a few rooms in the house, take Lucy to a Neil Diamond concert, step out our front door to watch the International Space Station race across the sky on a partly cloudy evening. The fun doesn’t stop in Eufaula, Oklahoma, and neither does anyone else!

Meanwhile, we always enjoy company and hope you will consider this an invitation to come for a visit. Other than a couple of restored old spa hotels around a new casino, French Lick is a dire little town.

Hugs to all...

And hugs from me. I have to go do some Christmas shopping now. Thanks for reading and I hope your day is merry and bright.

By John Kelly  |  December 24, 2008; 9:46 AM ET
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Nicely done, John. The only thing I would change is that it should have been written by the family pet.

I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas.

And Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of the other "Common" folk.

Posted by: staxowax | December 24, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

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