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Building Memories

Building Memories by Mark Lyons Image by Michal Jarmoluk from Pixabay SammySocks Etc. Blog - Comments and Observations from Someone Who Is a Retired Educator and Sammy’s Dad             We live in the present. But so much of who we are resides in our pasts – our memories. We often use our memories to get through the present to plan, hope, and wait for the future.             The holiday season is rife with opportunities to forge memories that will help us live in the present and the future. Our memories can support us when the present is less than desirable. The hope of the future based on our past can help us prepare for a bright and promising future.            ...

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Putting Up the Outdoor Christmas Lights and Stuff

Putting Up the Outdoor Christmas Lights and Stuff by Mark Lyons SammySocks Etc. Blog - Comments and Observations from Someone Who Is a Retired Educator and Sammy’s Dad Image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay      If one bulb goes out, the whole strand goes out. Or even worse, if one bulb goes out, some of the strand will still be lit. So, you either have to try and find the bulb or bulbs that have burnt out or just go ahead and replace the entire strand. Then there’s the lighted candy canes. The plastic loves to crack while you are attempting to plunge the pointed top into the usually rock-hard ground. Metal wire deer with white lights tend to have...

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Sock Events Sock Historians Have Often Overlooked

Sock Events Sock Historians Have Often Overlooked by Mark Lyons Image by congerdesign from Pixabay SammySocks Etc. Blog - Comments and Observations from Someone Who Is a Retired Educator and Sammy’s Dad      Sock historians have the reputation – and rightly so – of being a wild and crazy bunch. Whoopee cushions, dribble glasses, fake vomit, toilet paper all over your front yard, and squirting you in the eye from a water shooting lapel flower are just a few of the whacky things sock historians are known for doing. I know! Crazy, right? But, amongst all of this “wild thing” behavior, sock historians are thoroughly serious and qualified on the history of socks. Even still, they sometimes miss and...

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Family

Family by Mark Lyons Image by Gisela Merkurr from Pixabay      Family is important all throughout the year – any year – every year. The holiday season highlights this importance even more. This year, the emphasis on family is all encompassing. The value of loved ones who care for each other and will do anything to make sure everyone is safe, healthy, and secure has no limit.      The holiday season can be tough for some people. Family can help ease the “toughness”. No matter what the situation, family can be understanding, accepting, and supportive. That is what makes family so important.      As family members gather, either in person or distanced, the love they share has...

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Theories of Why Socks Go Missing From the Dryer

Theories of Why Socks Go Missing From the Dryer by Mark Lyons   Image by Gundula Vogel from Pixabay SammySocks Etc. Blog - Comments and Observations from Someone Who Is a Retired Educator and Sammy’s Dad      You tackle your weekly chores of washing, cleaning, and drying your family’s clothes. This includes socks. As you know, keeping your socks clean is the single most important component of a happy life. It’s not money, power, fame, or paying the cheapest rate for car insurance. It’s clean and dry socks.      You take your job seriously. But, invariably, you pull the pile of warm and toasty clothes from the dryer, drop them onto your bed, carefully sort and fold each item, and...

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