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Deborah Guzzi writes fulltime. When not writing she’s reading. She travels for inspiration. Her new book The Hurricane is available now through Prolific Press. Her poetry appears in: Existere - Journal of Arts and Literature in Canada, Tincture in Australia, Cha: Asian Literary Review, Hong Kong, China, Eunoia in Singapore, Vine Leaves Literary Journal in Greece, and Ribbons: Tanka Society of America’s Journal, Sounding Review, Kyso Flash, The Aurorean, Crack the Spine Literary Magazine, Liquid Imagination, Concis, The Tishman Review, Page & Spine and others in the USA. 


Blog Posted:11/24/2012 6:33:00 AM
Chris's anti-Christmas & Turkey blog really struck home for me. Since I'm alone most of the time, I really don't enjoy these holidays anymore. I have decided this year to more or less give up sending cards [seems like most folks gave up years ago & this year I haven't the funds for all that put somewhere else!]

I am going to start today researching where HELP is needed. And I will post here places where Christmas is REALLY missing..actually its missing all year long. KINDNESS is missing, FOOD is missing, SHELTER is missing IF every Christian [and of course folks of other faiths] stopped giving so much EXTRA to their own families and gave to the POOR instead, that would be a Christ Mass...Jesus would be happy with aye? Ipads, Iphones, computer games GOODNESS...folks have NO food...Let's see if we can come up with lists of places to send our extra 5 cents, 5 dollars etc to?

Please DO send me the links YOU find and I will post them here.


The Above link is doing FOOD, in Hartford CT..I thought I'd start near to home.
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  1. Date: 11/26/2012 1:09:00 AM
    I love Christmas and my greatest joy is giving to others. Hope you don't mind, but I don't want to feel guilty about taking my hard earned pension from the year and splurging on my very grateful, (small) family once a year. I believe that we can give in many ways, and sometimes a loving shoulder can mean as much as money. I provide to our Salvation Army here in Canada who provide such tremendous support to anyone, including clothes, meals and spiritual support for free. They sit and ring bells at our grocery store each year and have a thrift store in our town. We provide all our gently worn clothes and furnishings to them also. I choose to give all year not just at holiday season.

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  1. Date: 11/26/2012 1:07:00 AM
    Hi Debbie, I hear you and I understand that holiday times for all faiths can be trying for those who are alone, however, but anytime can be lonely. Rather than choosing holiday time to give, I try to do that all year long by volunteering two days/week with dying people. (contd)

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  1. Date: 11/26/2012 1:07:00 AM
    Hi Debbie, I hear you and I understand that holiday times for all faiths can be trying for those who are alone, however, but anytime can be lonely. Rather than choosing holiday time to give, I try to do that all year long by volunteering two days/week with dying people. (contd)

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  1. Date: 11/25/2012 3:30:00 PM
    Calm down,Craig! You`re freaking out the restaurant guests:-)

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  1. Date: 11/25/2012 12:31:00 PM
    There are other systems which care for their citizens, such as the Parlimentary Democracy or the UK or the Constitutional Monarchy of Denmark and Canada, these are free countries where people work just as hard as here, sell, trade & still do a better job helping those in need, the young, the aged and both of these group are HIGH on the list of who's poor in the USA

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  1. Date: 11/25/2012 6:25:00 AM
    So true Carrie..capitalizm really feeds so many negative fires, gluttony, greed, envy, jealousy, pride geeez when is enough enough? We need to rewrite..the concept of A GOOD LIFE...a good life is solely about who has the biggest or the most or the newest RIGHT?

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  1. Date: 11/24/2012 6:55:00 PM
    PS. With the loss of a loved one just two weeks has become more apparent what is important, more than ever. To make this holiday more about wrapping each other in love and kindness, helping one another, reaching out as others have reached out to us. The madness of shopping and spending have taken such a back seat, when there are so many better ways to spread the joy. Thanks for the blog, Debbie

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  1. Date: 11/24/2012 6:49:00 PM
    For several years,our big, extended family would gather for what we call 2nd Christmas, and exchange gifts..which with over 21 people, was ridiculous,a poor example to our children with much unecessary loot,even with a money limit, too much mindless spending for presents.Finally we decided instead to bring an envelope with a set amount of money..(small amounts for the kids,larger amounts for the adults.We then write a favorite charity on a slip of paper,and toss those into a hat.The kids draw out one slip of paper,and that year,we donate this money to whatever charity it says.One year it might be the diabetes foundation, another year,may be the food bank and so on.This makes everyone happy!

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  1. Date: 11/24/2012 5:32:00 PM
    I would so love to see you again Mikki! You know you can call me jsut to talk! Love You and the kids & kiwi too [kiwi is her tiny dog!] he's furry on the outside but not green inside LOL]

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  1. Date: 11/24/2012 4:21:00 PM
    Great blog, Debs!! Sad that you didn't go off for a Thanksgiving meal, but you're invited to a Christmas meal if you feel like it. Forget the gifts, having you here had been a treasure in itself.:) Meg won't be here, hoping Nate will be, and dang it, Nick is always working on that day. Kiwi's here though..LOL I'm sure she can read my mind, she just barked downstairs and she's on her way up! I love giving to the charities and food banks...I'm sure it brightens up the lives of others. Here they have the gingolay..something like that, and they come door to door for donations. I like the thrift stores, but I wasn't aware that the funds collected go to help others. Oops, no more space..Love you!

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  1. Date: 11/24/2012 11:09:00 AM have such a warm heart Debbie.One of my all time favorite lines comes from good ole`Ghandi: "There is enough for everybody's need, but not enough for anybody's greed".One organization I admire alot: (Ukraine) They do an incredible fine job for the orphans and poor kids living in the sewer systems beneath the streets of Kiev..Life can be such a cruel place,but at the same time it takes so little to make a difference.

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  1. Date: 11/24/2012 10:49:00 AM
    Nicely said... No reason to go broke just toe follow a trend.. And as for Xmas cards,, I would rather call and say it over the 2cents... also give to charity more these days.. hugs Michael

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  1. Date: 11/24/2012 10:46:00 AM
    Wonderful blog, Debbie! You are so right. I don't think Jesus takes much pleasure in the way his birth is celebrated these days. He would much prefer us to reach out in love to those in need. After all, Jesus did say that whatever we do for others, we do for him as well. (my paraphrase) Love, Kim

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  1. Date: 11/24/2012 9:04:00 AM
    we stopped buying gifts for the kids as they turned 21 and give it to the homeless every year, the kids now give as well...David

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  1. Date: 11/24/2012 7:54:00 AM
    And YES did I get most of my home needs & clothes from the Goodwill...IF I have an event LOL [hey I did get invited to 2 weddings this year!] I shop the clearance wrack at TJMAX

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  1. Date: 11/24/2012 7:53:00 AM
    wow Dee GOOD tips!!! And for all the fiscal conservatives don't forget YOU still get a TAX WRITE OFF for charitable donations [hey the Romney's, the Regan's the Kennedy's & the Clinton's use that one..why do you think it's still there?]

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  1. Date: 11/24/2012 7:50:00 AM
    Marlon..the bum was today gone tomorrow..generation after generation young people fall into the old & powerfuls trap of war, wa r does 3 things, culls the population, makes more money for the folks in power & maybe the most important thing for the wealthy OLDsters..kills off any potential rivals, we really haven't changed much..humans?

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  1. Date: 11/24/2012 7:22:00 AM Worth a look. Promise! ;-)

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  1. Date: 11/24/2012 7:08:00 AM
    GOOD MORNING! Just about to take my girl out into the snow, have a wee romp. Great blog. My hubby and I give each other things we use through the year, just a slightly nicer quality--soaps, handcreams, shaving cream, new toothbrushes, socks... ONE GREAT IDEA FOR ALL WHO "DO" WANT TO GIVE A GIFT? SHOP AT A THRIFT SHOP THAT SUPPORTS YOUR COMMUNITY! We buy a lot from a Thrift Store that supports Mennonite Central Committee. 100% non profit- volunteer run! All monies go to help people around the globe. Something easy to do? Mail your old glasses to: Lions Clubs International Headquarters Attention: Receiving Department 300 W. 22nd Street Oak Brook, IL 60523, USA Help people see=work=food.:)

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Echo Quatrainlost lovewords,love,
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The Bruised and Rotting Pear Coupletfaith,hope
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Summers Everlasting Free versenostalgia
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He Was Smoking Hot I do not know?funny
Alabaster Night Free versenature,planet,sea,
Haunted Orb Haikufantasy,nature
This Night Sonnet 
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Today Not Tomorrow Free versededication,depression,gir
Years Of The Rose Free verselost love,loveday,
The Joy that Sweetly Stays Free verse 
Cinder Girl Rhyme 
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realisation of self (War Child) Free verseme,me,
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Late at night Lyricimaginationme,fear,me,
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Dreams Coupletimagination
Simple Pleasures Rhymehappinesssummer,summer,
I Exist Pantoumintrospectionlife,me,
Madrid Blank versenostalgia,travel,
Magnolia Song Free verselove,romance,
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Ethel's Remedies Rhymefunny,people
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volga 1 - 3 Prose Poetryfantasy
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Revelation Free verseimagination,lifesong,epic
Sports Limerick Limerickfunny
Don't Come Free versedeath,lost love,me,
The Snowflake Italian Sonnetromance,
Jack Lyricintrospectionlife,
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The Ghost That Travels Far Personificationnature
Kite Flying - Test Free verseallegory,art,imagination,
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