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Festivus

A Festivus for the rest of us!” – Frank Costanza

Dear friends, Festivus is fast approaching (Dec. 23). Don’t worry I didn’t get you anything either. That’s okay because Festivus is not that kind of celebration.

While Festivus was technically created in the 60s by writer Dan O’Keefe, the holiday as it exists today was introduced to us by the great Frank Costanza (via O’Keefe’s screenwriter son who wrote it into the script) in one of the best Seinfeld episodes of all time, “The Strike.” This 1997 episode was packed with legendary antics and one-liners that would quickly become part of our vernacular (“The Human Fund,” the “Two Face,” Kramer on strike: “It’s a walk out!” Elaine’s sub card, etc.), but the introduction of Festivus spawned something transcendent: an actual holiday that is observed around the world to this day. It is officially a thing. And while invented for comedic purposes, perhaps other major holidays could learn something from the traditions of this special day?

Festivus means different things to different people, so I can only offer what it means to me. But together, I hope we can unearth the true meaning of Festivus.

To kick things off, let us begin with… the Airing of Grievances. Continue reading

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Francophone Fellowship Follow-up

Hello friends, we’ve made it back from Haiti. As always, visiting Hispaniola was equal parts fruitful, inspiring, uplifting, frustrating, confusing and crushingly depressing. We high-tailed it out of there before the storm hit; which several colleagues have likened to a cowardly Costanza pushing everyone out of the way to save his own skin. Touché.

If we can get reflective for a moment…

Last night as Isaac blew through our neighborhood here in Florida, the wind howled and the rain lashed but nothing much really happened to us. My bougainvillea got roughed up. The dogs pooped in the house. Those things were a bit annoying. But the roof, walls and windows held, and life continued this morning pretty much as usual. We never even lost power.

I can’t help but wonder what last night was like for people in Haiti (more specifically the poor people, rich people in any country usually sleep just fine). They say at least 24 people have died, but who can say how many more sustained damage to their homes or lost their crops or whatever possessions they need to survive. Even more, how many this morning are dealing with sick children, or terrified children, a flooded house, or a ruined road that prevents them from getting to a doctor or a job that pays the only income they can find? What are the people in the tent cities eating today? There’s no McDonald’s in Haiti. Continue reading

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