Subtle Changes


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Have you ever noticed that words come and go like fashion fads? You hear them a lot for a while, and then some other word comes along and replaces the old favorites. Some that come to mind are gauche, chez, and ambience. Right now, we’re hearing nuance quite a bit.  I’m just not sure we’re hearing it correctly used.

nuance is:

a subtle difference in or shade of meaning, expression, or sound.
“the nuances of facial expression and body language”
There is an ad on TV right now for a computer dating service.  One satisfied customer says that he was looking for someone close to his own age who could “walk through the nuances” with him.
So, what nuances?  What subtle differences in, or shades of meaning, expression or sound? What exactly is he talking about?  Music?  Sports?  What?  I don’t know. I’m not sure he does, either.  I suspect that what he’s really trying to say is he wanted someone who would understand the history of his era, and the changes that have taken place.
A nuance is sometimes barely detectable.  Subtle, quiet, not creating a big stir. It’s like adding just  a little tiny bit of hot sauce to the chili, not the whole bottle. Some might detect it; others will not. They need a bigger dose of nuance 🙂

Love It!

The holiday season: can’t get enough of it, or can’t wait for it all to be over already? Has your attitude toward the end-of-year holidays changed over the years?


I love Christmas. Always have. Right this minute, I’m enjoying having slept in until 8:15 on this my first full day of being on my Christmas break.  What’s not to like?  I don’t go back to work until January 6.  Nineteen days!  I’m an independent contractor, so I can pick and choose when I work and when I don’t. At this stage of my life, that’s a real sweet situation.

But Christmas isn’t just about time off.  I understand, largely because of the work I do, that Christmas is the most difficult time of year for a lot of people.  Some of my clients have dreadful memories of Christmas Past that make them cringe at the appearance of Christmas Present and Future.  If you came from a radically dysfunctional family, then you laugh in derision at the song It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.  

If you are not a person of faith, Christmas may not have deep meaning for you. When that is the case, it becomes just another commercialized holiday, hyped out of reason and way overdone.  Even for those of us who celebrate the true, deep meaning of Christmas, the hullabaloo around gifting and spendingspendingspending can put a damper on the joy.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

I remember many years ago, reading Laura Ingalls Wilder’s description of Christmas on the prairie, thinking, “That’s the way it should be.  There should be a sense of holiness, of quietness of spirit, of peace and hope and joy. The emphasis should be not on what I get or give, but on what the world received.”

And that, clearly, is the whole reason we have Christmas. What the world received when the Son of God agreed to be born as a human baby, to live and minister and die to get the victory over sin and death, that is why Christmas is a precious time. Let the rest of the world do as they wish to minimize this wonderful celebration’s true meaning, it has never changed for me. The holiness of the coming of the Christ Child overshadows all the glitz and glitter and get and give.

The gifts that are exchanged in our family are always delightful and fun, but we never let the gifting process become the center of Christmas. We give gifts because the Wise Men brought gifts to Jesus, knowing that He was the King of Kings. Everything we do at Christmas is based on this most wonderful fact, that Jesus was born to die that we might live forever with Him.

When we keep our sites firmly fixed on what Christmas is really about, we can keep the joy and the peace even in the midst of the craziness that can rule the season.  Yay!  the pings are back 🙂