This week’s highlights

1. Listening to a violin solo of “O Holy Night,” seeing my friend, Mark, in a tux, and hearing Halie play “In the Deep Midwinter” on her grand piano – all at a party for AMICA, my player-piano group.

2. Camel cookies with Jenny and Jerry. Who could resist a two-hump camel sugar cookie with frosting? Not me!

3.  News that Stolen Children is nominated for the 2011 Mark Twain Award.

4.  A white elephant gift exchange where I ended up with a stuffed penguin that plays the saxophone.

5. Updates from old friends. I use e-mail for most correspondence, but I still love to receive Christmas cards and newsletters.

6.  A quiet evening with both Lucy and Molly on my lap, watching the deer outside.

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