This story makes sense. Could happen. Did happen.

A Michigan woman and her family were vacationing in a small New England town where Paul Newman and his family often visited.

One Sunday morning, the woman got up early to take a long walk. After a brisk five-mile hike, she decided to treat herself to a double-dip chocolate ice cream cone.

She hopped in the car, drove to the center of the village and went straight to the combination bakery/ice cream parlor. There was only one other patron in the store: Paul Newman, sitting at the counter having a doughnut and coffee.

The woman’s heart skipped a beat as her eyes made contact with those famous baby-blue eyes. The actor nodded graciously and the star struck woman smiled demurely. Pull yourself together! She chides herself. You’re a happily married woman with three children, you’re forty-five years old, not a teenager!

The clerk filled her order and she took the double-dip chocolate ice cream cone in one hand and her change in the other. Then she went out the door, avoiding even a glance in Paul Newman’s direction.

When she reached her car, she realized that she had a handful of change but her other hand was empty. Where’s my ice cream cone? Did I leave it in the store? Back into the shop she went, expecting to see the cone still in the clerk’s hand or in a holder on the counter or something! No ice cream cone was in sight.

With that, she happened to look over at Paul Newman. His face broke into his familiar, warm, friendly grin and he said to the woman,

“You put it in your purse.”

Certain parts of the U.S. are experiencing extremely cold weather the past few days. Fortunately, our homes and working places ae heated.

Contrast that with certain Ukraine communities where Putin has blown up energy facilities which provide heat. Leaving entire communities without any heat.

Janine Di Giovanni wrote a pointed article on the Ukraine problem on 12/23 in Vanity Fair. The title of the article says it all: “Christmas in Kyiv: The Cold And Loneliness Scared me – Not the Russian Missiles.”

Today seems to be title day. Another. An article by Woodward and Bernstein in the Washington Post 12/26: “Thought Nixon Defined Corruption. Then Came Trump.”

The January 6 Committee Report has been published. Its 800 pages is available free on the internet. It can also be purchased from commercial sources.

I would enjoy reading the whole 800 pages. Impossible for me. I have too many things to read every day. So I am forced to pick and choose. The Report’s Executive Summary is short. Eight pages. That I have read. As time progresses, I am sure I will read certain other parts, but again nowhere the entire thing.

Many of you ae similarly situated. Without the time to read the Report. I have decided to help a bit. A small bit. I will provide some interesting excerpts for the next 8 days. One page per day of the Executive Summary. A quote or two. Whatever.

Page 1 of the Executive Summary.

Excerpts from Stewart Rhodes testimony. Rhodes an Oath Keeper: He testified he was provoked to travel to Washington by President Trump’s tweets and false claims that the Presidential election was “stolen from him.” He testified that he and others believed they were attacking Congress in the manner the French had attacked the Bastille at the outset of the French Revolution. “I felt like, again, we were continuing in some kind of historical event to achieve a goal.” He further testified: “My participation in the events of that day were part of an attack on the rule of law.”

Measles and chicken pox are on the rise in the U.S. Not everywhere yet. However the heres and theres are increasing. Pay attention and if recommendations regarding shots, etc. are issued, pay attention.

Enjoy your day!

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