A White Christmas? Humbug!

Holiday card by Doug Cushman, from Paris.

Although I love the song and have it first on my Christmas playlist, I’m not dreaming of a white Christmas. No, I’m dreaming of some 70-degree sunshine. But I guess I’m not any more likely to get that than I am a carbon fiber bicycle frame.

Ah well, I do see two of my all-time favorites on our Christmas Day menu: Green bean casserole (my wife makes a mean version, not just the stuff from canned ingredients) and homemade pecan pie. Add some fortified eggnog, and I won’t give a darn whether it is snowing outside. If I could only get my family to listen to Dylan’s Christmas album without laughing hysterically when Bob Hisself tackles “Hark, The Herald Angels Sing.”
 
May all your Christmas dreams come true this year.
 
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• Huzzah for employees at the Caltrans District 2 office in Redding. They purchased gifts for 50 children in the Salvation Army Angel Tree program and also provided 50 large barrels in which Salvation Army officers and volunteers collected donations in Redding and Oroville. During November, the District 2 employees provided more than 25 bags of coats and 10 bags of shoes for the Shasta County Women’s Refuge and People of Progress.
 
•  Tom Stienstra, the San Francisco Chronicle’s excellent outdoors writer and a Siskiyou County resident, has provided a good checklist for wintertime travel and adventures. Bottom line: Be prepared. Don’t be a news story.
 
• Although we might take it for granted, the Jolly Giant Flea Market, located just off Highway 273 between Redding and Anderson, is one of our state’s great flea markets. That’s according to AAA’s Via magazine, which included the Jolly Giant in a list of readers’ seven favorite flea markets in California. Jolly Giant Flea Market is open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (6 a.m. to 4 p.m. for vendors) every weekend. Although it’s closed this Saturday for Christmas, it will be open on Sunday so you can start next year’s Christmas shopping or sell the astoundingly ugly sweater your Aunt Gertie sent.
 
• Those of you who remember the Prankster and psychedelic New Year’s Eve concerts at The Fillmore, Winterland and other Bay Area venues way back in the day might want to check out the New Year’s Eve show scheduled at Redding’s Cascade Theatre. I hear that the party may extend well into the new year.
 
• Four longtime veterans of the Redding Police Department retired in the days before Christmas. Investigator Douglas Carney, Officer Duane Morrison, Investigator Joe Simmons and Investigator Rob Wilson devoted a combined 91 years to the citizens of Redding. That’s a lot of experience walking out the door all at once.
 
• Mercy Medical Center Redding’s stroke care program has received the Gold Seal of Approval (really, that’s what it’s called) from the Joint Commission for Primary Stoke Centers. Stroke is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States and the third leading cause of death.

shigley-mugshotPaul Shigley is senior editor of California Planning & Development Report, a frequent contributor to Planning magazine and still believes in Santa Claus. He lives in Centerville. Paul Shigley may be reached at pauls.anewscafe@gmail.com.

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has been a professional journalist since 1987. For 12 years, he served as editor or senior editor of California Planning & Development Report, a statewide trade publication for land use planners, real estate development professionals and attorneys. Prior to that, he worked as a reporter or editor at newspapers in Redding, Grass Valley, Napa and Calistoga. Shigley's work also has appeared in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Planning magazine, Governing magazine, California Law Week, National Speed Sport News and elsewhere. In addition, he is co-author of Guide to California Planning, a college text and reference book, and is currently working on a book for the American Planning Association about the Bay Delta and California water resources. A graduate of California State University, Sacramento, Shigley has contributed to A News Cafe since 2009. He and his wife, Dana, live in western Shasta County.
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5 Responses

  1. Avatar Adrienne jacoby says:

    Thank you for recognizing those in our community who are well worth recognizing . . . . and keeping informed many thing big and little.

    And may your white Christmases be many . . . just not in your back yard.

  2. Barbara Rice Barbara Rice says:

    We tried listening to Dylan's Christmas album… after each track we'd think, "maybe the next one will be better." It wasn't. We love Dylan but it was a painful experience. But all the proceeds from sales go to charity so it wasn't a complete loss.

  3. Avatar Pat J says:

    Hey, it is suppose to get up to 58 today. We will probably roast. tee hee !!!

  4. Avatar Karen C says:

    Aw c'mon folks, it is winter after all. If you want sun and heat, go to Palm Springs area. For me, I'm enjoying the fact that my blood has stopped boiling. I love the winters here….they are short, mild and offer wonderful cozy days by the fireside.