Merry Christmas

I couldn’t find any of Julianne’s awesome list of holiday presents for inquisitive youngsters. But we did get my nephew a chemistry set (hopefully he will explore it more systematically than I did when I was his age), and my niece an erector set that lets you build different kinds of moving vehicles. Her first reaction, “Was this supposed to be for my brother?”, gave away very quickly to “I have never been more excited!!!” when she built a little car that zoomed around on its own using nothing but salt water for fuel.


Have a warm and safe holiday season, whether your tradition includes exchanging presents with family members or ordering Chinese food and watching videos.

  1. Merry one to you too. I celebrated in the traditional Jewish/atheist/vegetarian manner: fake beef & broccoli and an episode of Doctor Who. (Tonight is the xmas special. I can’t wait.)

  2. If art is a personal gift that changes the receiver, then you have inspired us with your example of the art of giving. The excitement your niece displayed after accepting her gift had to create a lasting memory that will influence the way she sees the world. Great Christmas story.

  3. Making good progress on your book these past few days as I’ve had a major flare-up of my IBS.