Amy Seitz

Merry Christmas to all of you, as well as to the Town Crier staff. In a shameless ploy, special holiday greetings to the best editor, Brad Nibert; and to Carla Johnson and Pepe Cabeza de Vaca of Socialife . . .

Thank you to movie reviewer Pat Young for the movie review of Australia. Had been wavering over whether or not to go see it, and now my decision is made! (not)

Also thanks go to Chris Ardis for some extra grammar guidelines - after all, I’m off to fire up my “water heater,” and have sagely noted that it’s not a “hot water heater!” (I’ve always had that problem with saying “Rio Grande River.”)

If you happen to be up in the DFW area, former Valleyite and now well-known artist James Humphrey is just finishing up a gorgeous watercolor and oil exhibit (on the 27th) at the Community Arts Center, in the heart of Fort Worth’s museum district across the street from the Kimball Museum. (His wife is Jane Ellen Toothaker Humphrey.) If you can’t make the exhibit, check out his work at www.jamesahumphrey.com, or at his studio, 105 S. Main Street, Grapevine, TX 76051 . . .

Some thoughts about Christmas cards, or seasonal greetings, which your writer truly enjoys: for most folks, having a picture of adorable children cheers the season immeasurably and is pretty much all the decoration needed. Seen recently are the adorable photos of Landon, Logan, & Jenna Hardison; Forrest & Cullen Runnels; Megan, Thomas, & Travis Wilkins; and Travis & Chelsea Hook, who are gathered by the river . . .

(These mentioned are just a smattering of those received - don’t stop sending them! Happy New Year cards are fun, too.)

Current McAllen Pan American Round Table Director Lily Torrez gave us all a picture of ourselves, the whole organization, which was an instant hit . . .

Empty nesters can win friends by sending chatty Christmas letters, or photos of themselves taken in an exotic locale, such as Moon Park for Jan & Sally Klinck . . .

Some send a photo or drawing of their pets, or their favorite things, such as Jim Henley’s boat - made my spouse instantly long for fishing . . .

And of course, some of the most coveted cards are those sent to us by long-gone former residents, such as Rob & Suzanne Alvarez, who sent a photo of their four daughters adopted from China, ages 7, 5, 3, & 3! (not twins) Now that will keep your holiday busy!

And a final blessing to those who make the time to host a seasonal event, even with busy restaurant responsibilities, such as Art & Barbara Guerra, Arturo, III, Aubrey, and Gloriana & Richard Koll . . .

Birthday greetings for yesterday the 23rd, one of the most overlooked birthdays (except possibly for the next two!), to Gloria Fitch, proud mom Julie Kittleman, Eliza Nelly Molina, Kaitlyn & Rachel Davies, Eva-Jean Radle, and Dean Canty, long may he make music! Happy anniversary to lovebirds Barbara & Bob Parry . . .

A Ho-ho-ho birthday for today, Christmas Eve, is wished to Sasha Crane, Richard Martin, Bill Corcoran and Rosie Hart. Happy anniversary to more romantics Joyce & Frank Smith . . .

And for tomorrow, a very merry birthday will surely happen for Morris Atlas and Mike McLarty . . .

A special happy birthday was called in for Libby Brown for this Saturday, Dec. 27th, but the message was garbled as to her actual age? Obviously mftgrshglphftt young . . .

A final note of gratitude to Raul Castillo, Sr., who graciously called to thank me for putting in p.r. about his son’s movie Amexicano, which was extended for a week . . .

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