(also called “A Visit from St. Nicholas”)
by Clement Clarke Moore (1779 - 1863)
Twas the night before Christmas,
JEANNE BROWNE is MizB, a Manhattan writer/citizen journalist offering posts from her skyscraper perch about contemporary culture, politics and major issues, language, and spirituality that transcends religion.
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Jeanne Browne (aka MizB) is a single, 64-year-old, born-and-bred New Yorker, raised in the Bronx and (primarily) Brooklyn by her White/Jewish mother and Black (West Indian)/ Episcopalian father; she steadfastly considers herself biracial. She is an Old School Liberal who participated in the major human rights movements of her time: Civil Rights, Women’s Rights, anti-Vietnam War, and Gay Rights. She is greatly distressed by the stupidity, rigidity and meanness of contemporary politics. She is a secular Jew and a spiritual appreciator of the life and cosmic mysteries for which we have no answers. She is an ordained Interfaith Minister of Spiritual Counseling as well as a certified Professional Tarot Reader. She has no operational sense of connection to animals or nature and she doesn't like children. She hugely dislikes the majority of so-called communications technology that has taken over the world's hearts and capacity to think and use language effectively. She is an unrepentant cigarette smoker (makes her own) and is not ashamed of being FAT! She loves books & libraries, 60s folk music, rock'n'roll, and folk/rock, detective fiction, old movies (1940s not 1980s!), public television, smart stand-up comedy, and great food of all kinds. She is passionate about language and hates the way it is being increasingly degraded, devalued, and replaced with symbols and acronyms. MizB is a nice woman with a wonderful sense of humor, but an admitted curmudgeon.