Date: December 17th 2011

Conservative Resources by J.P. Travis at

Christmas story

[20th J.P.'s Moment of Common Sense, my weekly oratorial exposition on Broad View, KBZZ 1270 AM Reno.]

The magic sneaks up on people, no matter what the circumstances and no matter how much they resist. You see it in the way strangers interact in public places the closer it gets to Christmas, the more we smile, do things for each other, and appreciate life. The Christmas spirit is an annual miracle, gift-wrapped and special-delivered to people who dont believe in miracles anymore.

Thirty years ago, I needed some of that magic. I was alone on Christmas Eve for the first time in my life, wallowing in self pity because of a broken marriage, waiting for midnight when my daughters would come home from visiting their mother. Two months earlier, for better or worse, Id gone outside my home looking for company. Id bought myself a dog...

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