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Happy New Year! December 31, 2012

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Ooh! Ahh!

Ooh! Ahh! (Photo illustration by me.)

 

 

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Merry Christmas! December 24, 2012

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Two years ago, for this blog’s first Christmas post, I shared my plush smiley santa ornament.

Last year, I received a new smiley Santa ornament, this one painted glass with my name on it. It was a gift from (you guessed it) my dear mother-in-law, the Great Enabler.

So this year, I’m happy to share it with you on Christmas Eve! 🙂

Smiley Santa ornament. From my personal collection.

Smiley Santa ornament. From my personal collection.

And whatever your religion or your holiday practices, I hope you have a very, very happy season.

Santa smiley December 20, 2012

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Just in time for the end of the world, most of our holiday cards have arrived at their destinations, bringing seasonal cheer and warm wishes for our last hours on Earth….

Wait. I’m confusing Christmas with the Mayan apocalypse.

Let me start over….

Holiday cards are a team effort in the Smiley household, with my wife taking the role of addresser (she has better penmanship) while I check the addresses (I have the iPod). And then we sign each card — and, for friends and family, I sometimes doodle this little Santa smiley on the card, as well!

Santa smiley. My doodle in Sharpie.

Santa smiley. My doodle in Sharpie.

Happy holidays, everybody! See you all back here on Monday! (No, really — I promise….)

🙂

 

Holiday cookies December 17, 2012

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Holiday cookies. Aunt Smiley on the left; Uncle Smiley on the right.

Holiday cookies. Aunt Smiley on the left; Uncle Smiley on the right.

Last weekend, my wife and I made sugar cookies for the holidays. I baked them — she helped decorate them.

We did a lot of holiday standards: Santa, stockings, snowflakes, trees, ornaments, snowmen…. But I had to make a smiley cookie, obviously. What I didn’t realize was that my wife had made one, too!

And, would you believe it? Her smiley is better than mine! 🙂

Smiley holidays, happy readers.

 

Happy Halloween! October 31, 2012

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Evil moon smiley. Photo illustration by me.

Tiny jack-o-lantern October 18, 2012

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Tiny jack-o-lantern. For Halloween 2012.

I really, really LOVE Halloween. The ghouls, the goblins, the demons, the clowns. (That list gets scarier as you read it.) And, of course, the fun of dressing up and carving pumpkins. In our small apartment, though, I tend to stick to tiny pumpkins my wife and I draw on with markers. Not exactly the traditional scary face lighting the darkness to keep the evil spirits at bay, but they’re still fun to make.

And yes, I always do a scary face, because it is Halloween. But I also do a smiling pumpkin, too, because we’re supposed to be having fun! 🙂

 

Olympics make me smile! July 27, 2012

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Smiling Olympic rings illustration I made on my computer, in celebration of the Olympic Games.

Let the games begin!

 

Happy Fourth of July! July 4, 2012

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Happy Fourth of July! Illustration I made on my computer, in celebration of America’s Independence Day.

Memorial Day May 28, 2012

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I believe in nonviolence. That means that I disapprove of warfare and so, by extension, I have some issues with militarism.

But that doesn’t mean I have issues with the men and woman who bravely step up to serve their fellow human beings in whatever manner they feel most useful. And when those people sacrifice themselves for that cause, we all should stop and contemplate that sacrifice, because these men and women make these sacrifices for us, even if we don’t ask them to. For them, it’s about honor and service to all humanity.

My mother’s grandfather served with distinction in the Navy during WWII. My father’s father helped protect the Atlantic as part of the Merchant Marines during WWII. My wife’s grandfather was a Marine and served in WWII. My father-in-law served in the Navy, one of my uncles served in the Air Force, and a good family friend flew helicopters in Vietnam. A buddy of mine from my college years deployed with the Army in the first Gulf War, and my sister’s husband as well as many (too many) of my students served in Iraq and Afghanistan. I have been so very, very fortunate that all of these people I personally know and love made it through their service alive, though not all made it unwounded.

To all these people, and to all of you who have served, are serving, or know someone in the military, please know that we are grateful for your service and your sacrifice.

One of my smiley Thank You cards, printed by American Greetings. From my personal collection.

Reader-submitted eggs May 14, 2012

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Eggs. Submitted by Heather Steele.

My friend Heather Steele — who sent in our very first reader-submitted smiley back on the blog’s second day online — sent me these smiling eggs on Sunday. “Smiley eggs!” she wrote me. “I guess they were happy to be sacrificed for blue pancakes. Thought about your blog, Sam.”

Thanks, Heather! I saw these and realized how often eggs get turned into smileys (two sunny-side up with a grin of bacon, anyone?), but they almost never land raw in a bowl like this! What a fortuitous moment. 🙂

(Also, I’m curious: Sunday was Mother’s Day and Heather is a mother. I’m hoping her husband was the one making the pancakes! Don’t moms ever get a day off? Thanks for being awesome, all you moms — including Heather and, of course, my only smiling mom. 🙂 )