Category Archives: The Spirit of Giving

Christmas Eve


Mom, Joani, Kelvin & Bill

We attended a great party at Jean Turner’s house last night. Something I like about Jean is that she loves to shop.   She’s always sharp when I see her, and her house is finely appointed.

My Mom, Kelvin, and I intended to go to the party for a short period of time, but ended up staying much longer.  Bill joined us a little later.   Everyone was required to bring $5 worth of lottery scratch-offs as a Secret Santa gift and also contribute $5, so everyone received at least a $5 gift.

Jean, Lynn (Jean’s daughter) and several others were busy in the kitchen preparing numerous goodies for dinner.  There was everything you could imagine to drink.  Conversation was flowing and photos were being snapped.  Everyone was having a wonderful time.  Dinner was served, and the seniors were seated at the dining room table.  Kelvin and I headed to the loft with our plates filled with buffalo chicken, cole slaw, potato salad, ham, pork roast, and chili. It was a great party and a great way to spend Christmas Eve.

Merry Christmas!!!


A Charlie Brown Christmas

Hallmark has created the most adorable recordable books.  A Charlie Brown Christmas is one of the recordable books. The other recordable Christmas books are The Night Before Christmas and Frosty The Snowman.  In an earlier blog I mention watching A Charlie Brown Christmas every year while growing up in St. Louis.  I also mentioned watching the show with my brothers, Kelvin and Bill.

Christmas 1967 - Joani, Kelvin, and Bill

So, here we are in 1967 watching A Charlie Brown Christmas.  I was 10 years old, Kelvin was 7 months old, and Bill was 7 years old.  We were young and excited about all the gifts that would be under the Christmas tree.

I purchased the Charlie Brown book for Kelvin, and recorded the story last night.  I had a great time making this gift very special.  I can’t wait to see Kelvin’s face when he hears my voice.

Wishing You and Your Family a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!

Checkout the Charlie Brown Christmas Dance

You can still make online purchases today and receive them by Christmas.  Click on the banners and text on the right side of the screen and shop, shop, shop!


The Home Stretch

What’s today?  December 20, 2011.  Four shopping days left til Christmas.  Across the nation, Toys R Us opened at 6am this morning and will remain open  until 10pm on Christmas Eve, December 24th.  That’s 112 hours to do the last minute shopping for your little ones.  Just remember, has toys too, and you have until December 22nd to complete your online orders.

The Postal Service expects to deliver 16.5 billion letters, packages and cards between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve.  The busiest day for mailing this trove of holiday cheer is expected to be Tuesday, Dec. 20, when 801 million cards and letters will be processed – nearly double the average daily volume.

The busiest day for delivery of packages is a day earlier – Monday, Dec. 19.   I say avoid the lines, do your shopping online from home and let, Best Buy, Endless, or Links of London do the shipping for you.  Click on the banners and text on the right side of the screen and purchase the remaining items on your Holiday list.

Wishing You and Your Family a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!

Our Son’s Christmas List

Demetrous & Yvette

Our son gave us his Christmas list Wednesday night.  He’s a senior in high school, so he created a Christmas list that resembles a diploma or a scroll, complete with a ribbon and bow.   The list includes things like a Playstation 3, iPod Nano, XBOX 360 Kinect Sensor, clothes, shoes, and a few other items.  This list is extra special because it’s addressed to three special ladies in his life, Yvette, Ettie, and me, Joani.  He signed the list “Your hard-headed, caring, difficult, smart son.”

Demetrous & Ettie

Demetrous is very fortunate to have three women in his life that love him and want the best for him.  Even though he’s hard-headed and difficult sometimes, he is very caring and smart.  He has really good days, when modelling practice goes well and he’s gotten a complement about the way he walks, or he got the highest score on all his school assignments for the day.  He also has really bad days, when he’s gotten into it with one of his teachers and been sent home.

Demetrous & Joani

The good days outweigh the bad, so Yvette, Ettie, and I will be purchasing his gifts during the next few days.  He’s not so sure, but Demetrous will most likely get everything on his Christmas list because he’s the joy of our life.



My Secret Santa and the 2011 Office Holiday Party

Jefferson Memorial

Yesterday my office had a great holiday party on the Spirit Cruise Ship in Washington, DC.  We had a ball.  There were great singers providing entertainment.  Good food, and the DJ played all our requests, from the Cupid Shuffle to the Wobble.  Best of all, we exchanged Secret Santa gifts.  Santa gave me gifts for my dogs.  He selected the cutest cover-ups, some great toys, and a beautiful doggie blanket.  My dogs will be very happy when they see all the goodies in the bag from Santa.


Lambchop gets chilly at night, so I’m sure he will really love the blanket from Santa.   Don’t forget to purchase some special gifts for those little ones that share kisses on a regular basis, like belly rubs, lay across the computer when you have a deadline, and greet you with unconditional love, no matter how long you’ve been away.

Happy Holidays!!!!



Brian Gibson’s Annual Christmas Dinner

Shirley & Harrison Gibson

Shirley and Harrison Gibson held their annual “Brian Gibson’s Christmas Dinner” on Wednesday, December 14, 2011. The dinner is in memory of their son, Master Patrol Officer Brian T. Gibson.  This dinner makes Christmas special for the Gibson’s.  It gives them a chance to see the officers from all over the city, as well as giving them a chance to visit with many of the DC  survivors.  Dinner started at 12:00pm and ended around 6:30pm.

Clyde & Pat Odom

As always, they had a steady flow of officers coming to dine and fellowship.   Pat Odom, Mrs. Gibson’s sister, and her husband Clyde, came to DC to assist Mr. & Mrs. Gibson with the dinner.  I didn’t have the opportunity to meet Brian, but I believe he must have been some kind of wonderful, based on the number of officers and friends that come out every year in his memory.

On February 5, 1997, shortly before 3 a.m., a recently released convict was evicted by an off-duty police officer from the Washington, D.C., night club where he was celebrating his 23rd birthday. Embarrassed in front of his gang-member friends and seeking revenge, the man retrieved a gun from his car, intending to return to the club and shoot the officer.

MPO Brian Wilson

Before he made it back, however, a police cruiser pulled up at a nearby intersection and stopped at the red light. He changed direction, walked around the back of the patrol car to the driver’s side, where he fired four shots into Brian Gibson’s head, neck and shoulder.   Gibson, 27,  married and the father of two children, died later that morning. The shooter said afterwards, he shot Gibson because ”One cop is as good as another.”