The Ghost of Christmas future......

We’ve been watching a lot of programs from our childhood lately, and wondering about the future we were promised back in the 1950s. Where are our flying cars, self cleaning houses, and invisible storage units that slide into the walls?

Even things that have always seemed to represent the incredibly futuristic to us are becoming obsolete. The first time someone talked to us about trading in their “aged laptop,” we looked down at the geriatric cat on our legs. The original Shinkansen (the Bullet Train) has always embodied that look of the future we were promised . They started their run on October 1, 1964, just in time for the Tokyo Olympics — the last of them was just retired on 30 November!

On the other hand, we also interact every day with beautiful sleek and joyful technology that is right out of that mold. It amuses me to remember the days I would sit by the phone waiting ’till I could call someone when I was up in the middle of the night (that’s morning to most of you) with a weird question (anyone remember me calling about Oxy-gum?) Now, I pop out to the couch, cuddle my MacBook and google. I love staying in touch with friends in many timezones, emailing pictures to the other end of the couch, and phones that can tell you what the heck that song that’s playing is without even leaving the table in the restaurant.

So, though we may be a little creaky and feeling our age this year, and we may be decorating in a retro, lava light and pink tiki tinsel sort of way, we still seem to love the future, whether we are looking forward or back.

Here’s hoping that the promised change comes with many good things, and that we all continue to enjoy looking forward and back on the future for many years to come

I was so much older then
 I'm younger than that now
... © Gryphonsmith Graphyx 2008


Greetings from Gryphonsmith Graphyx 2008
Words and Music by Jim and Tay


At this holiday time, we wish you all the Joy and Light of the season, every season in turn. Whether you are into hibernation or celebration, in your heart, as in the heart of the wheat, enjoy the fruitfulness of the past and nurture the kernel that is the promise of the future. May your Dreams be as Bright as the Northern Lights and your Hearts as Warm as Live Arctic Fur. We wish you the Brightest of New Years– Safe Haven, Snug Harbour and Always the Welcome of a Loving Heart. As winter dances over the land, remember that you always have a warm, safe nest in our hearts.


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