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One New Year's Eve when I was very young, and my parents were out at a party, I stayed up late and watched television. There was an old Jack Benny movie on called The Horn Blows at Midnight. In this comedy fantasy, an angel struggles with the earthly pleasures that he has been commanded to end at the stroke of midnight. I think that I saw it only once, that night, but I have remembered it to this day.
My New Year's movie is Bobby Morse's performance as Truman Capote in Tru. I have seen it many times, always between Christmas and New Year's Eve. It is a sad, almost heartbreaking, portrait of an artist struggling with his demons, and missing his friends.
May we all be surrounded with friends, and parties, and the richness of the Night.
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I could hear a Dad at the entrance steps of the MFA say, "Santa" to his wife as he gently turned his little children toward me as I crossed the snow on Huntington Ave. The little girl was shy, but the Son returned my wave.
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While the winter freeze was on outside, "The Heat is On!" was on the inside, as Professor Susan Bloom presented her selection of the Best Children's and Young Adult Books of 2009. I love this annual event. In the midst of wrapping up final exams and grades, and wrapping up holiday gifts, I take a break. There is a cup of cider. There is a gingerbread cookie designed in accordance with this year's theme (see the burning frosting flames). And of course there is Susan. We take a journey from the depths of the sea to the surface of the moon, embracing hope and fears and flights of the human spirit. All found in the wonderful pages of Books!
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As the Fall Semester winds down in the Department of Communications, the fire crackles on the television in the lounge. The olde professor publicly reads the best Picture Books created in class. Crowds of cheering members of the College Community celebrate the screenings of student work. It is a joyous time.
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As the semester comes to an end, we feasted at the Winter Wonderland Dinner as President Drinan carved and served the turkey. Judging took place of residence halls' seasonal decorations. The Simmons Gospel Choir performed at the Festival of Lights - The Simmons Community's annual celebration of the traditions and cultures of the winter season which followed: on Wednesday, December 2 at 7:30pm In Alumnae Hall. Different campus religious and cultural student groups spoke about the traditions of season!
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