2008 – The Birdman of Alcatraz, or, What’s in the Box?

Ah, holiday letter time. Is it possible that it is yet again time to encapsulate another year of our lives? In my annual struggle to formulate an amusing yet coherent tale to weave, I have decided that my parents’ July visit warrants some exploration. Although my parents consistently come out each year, the circumstances of …

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2007 – Visions of Sugar Plums Dance in My Head, or, How to Candy-Coat a Year

Hi, I’m Anne and I’m a hoarder. This is something that I have joked about in the past, but this year I had to look my problem directly in the face and cringe. Many of you probably already know this about me, but were waiting for me to admit I had a problem before offering …

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2006 – And a Raccoon in a Pine Tree, or, Up a Tree Without a Parachute

Oh, gentle readers, how the year has flown by. I can scarcely believe that the time has come for me to sit down and write the Holiday Lettre. And yet, as busy as this year as been, there seems to be a scarcity of worthwhile stories to share. With our lengthy commute eating up most …

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Lawyers Gone Wild. . . Programmers Not So Much

Last weekend was MPOW’s holiday party. It was much like last year’s party: same band, same food selection, same open bar. This was absolutely fine with me because I had a great time last year. Frankly, I had a bit too good of a time last year. The open bar is both the best thing …

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2005 – Miss Kitty Presents, or, Absence really does make the, errrr, heart grow fonder

I’m please to announce that this is the year Steve found true love again. Cat love, that is. Readers of previous holiday letters may remember that Steve lost Hobbes, his beloved Scottish Fold, just a couple of weeks before our wedding. They had a connection that exceeded the usual bounds of human-cat friendships. Several months …

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2004 – Bowled Over in Hawai’i, or, Wood You Please Be Careful?

As I sit here trying desperately to come up with a topic for this year’s Holiday Epistle, I find myself wondering what made me think these letters were a good idea in the first place. Ironically, I believed writing the letter would be an easier task than personalizing 80 holiday cards by hand. While usually …

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2003 – The Year of the Animal; Or, There’s no more space at the inn. Right?

This year I found myself compelled to join the ranks of other busy folks with a penchant for writing and decided it was time to begin my own annual tradition of the Holiday Letter. The first sign of trouble. . . Earlier this year, I got a hankering to help out some animals. This happens …

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Autumn in California – Not Another Cheesy Movie

Apple Hill and Coloma Early in October, Steve and I made a pilgrimage up to Gold Country and to Apple Hill for fall festivities. We began the weekend by driving through Placerville into Apple Hill. Picture the Napa wine country, but instead of grapes and wineries, you drive from apple orchard to apple orchard eating …

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A New Domain and a New Millennium

Well, here we are in late June. I can hardly believe that the year is already half over. Another thing that amazes me is that I recently had my 25th birthday. Exactly when did that I get that old? I mean, 25 is real adulthood. There are no excuses for me now. Oh well, at …

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