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Emphasizing The Merry This Christmas

Jose Vilson Jose 4 Comments

The mantra for fathers like me is, “As long as they’re happy, we’re happy.” Christmas time always has one dark cloud hanging over it with memories of my aunt who passed away almost twenty years ago, and now this year with my father passing away a couple of weeks ago. As a father, the stakes have changed. The inner turmoil I’ve felt has had to step to the side in …

The Grinch

10 Ways To Make The Grinch Come Alive This Holiday Season

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Last night, my family went to visit my stepfather’s family in the Heights, and I literally felt like running out of there. It was like a Dominican Chuck-E-Cheese. Tons of kids, tons of presents, and the adults all thinking how much longer will they be awake. It was interesting to observe them; at first many of them were really grateful. But by the end, when asked “Did Santa get you …

Leg Lamp

Short Notes: No, I Don’t Want A Leg Lamp For Christmas

Jose Vilson Short Notes 5 Comments

A few notes: If you want to punish your son, this might actually work. At least we hope so. (Boing Boing) Wait, so is the NYC Department of Education part of NYC or not? It’s tricky … (Gotham Schools) After much thinking, my thinking falls right in line with Clay Burrell’s thinking about Arne Duncan. I’ll reserve judgment until he’s actually annoyed me. This is how I wished the New …

On the 1st Day of Christmas …

Jose Vilson 8 Comments

I got a gift from my stepfather. It’s weird because frankly I don’t expect anything from him and never have, but indeed I have this wrapped present in front of me, and it’s been sitting there waiting for my approval. I wonder what it is now that I’ve waited this long to lay waste to its wrappings. Certainly, that’s a different tone than has been set in this household for …

Short Notes: Those Are Some Sexy Branches

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A few notes: – I honestly can’t wait till A Christmas Story comes on TBS. If you don’t know what the hype is about, watch this parody (under 30 seconds and with bunnies!). But it’s obviously not better than the real thing. – I was having a conversation with my girl about the differences between those who get everything and those who don’t. In her school, though they are underprivileged …