Friday, December 13, 2013

An Early Christmas: Little Augury & Howard (Santa) Slatkin

Courtesy of Little Augury 

If you could see me now, you'd observe the silly grin on my face. It's been plastered there for a couple of hours now, after learning that I had won Howard Slatkin's splendid encomium to maximalism—Fifth Avenue Style—in a contest given by Patricia Gaye Tapp at her excellent blog Little Augury. The contest entailed recounting a favorite Christmas memory. Here was mine: 

One favorite Holiday memory is spending Christmas in Bilbao, Spain, when I was 11. My father worked for US Steel, and was transferred there for some months before my mother and my 4 siblings could join him. When we arrived shortly before Christmas, giddy with excitement, my mother found a 4 foot tree, stood it up in a bucket of oranges in our hotel room, whereupon we decorated it with chocolate gold coins while drinking champagne. It was a wild, crazy wonderful start to the next three years. Of course, I didn't want to come back. 

When Little Augury informed me that I was one of five winners, I practically feel off my chair! You see, I looked at Mr. Slatkin's book at Rizzoli Books a few weeks ago, and put it on my list of things for Santa to bring for Christmas. Little did I know that he would show up early! 

My heartfelt thanks to the lucky Patricia Gaye Tapp (who has been to Santa's apartment), Howard Slatkin (who's generosity is greatly appreciated), as well as congratulations to my four literary comrades—Cindy aka Peony, MJH Design Arts, Meredith Parker and Pat. 

Lord knows, I needed a little Christmas, and it's here! Don't be alarmed if you see me sailing on till morning and into the New Year. 

Wishing You and Yours a Wonderful Holiday Season! 


  1. oh congrats -you'll LOVE the book! When I received my copy i was GLUED To it for days.

    1. Thank you, ArchitectDesign! Having only looked at it briefly, I can''t wait for it to arrive so I can sit down with a cup of tea and really enjoy it. My your days be merry and bright! Daniel


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