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Seasons Greetings!

December 21, 2010

My old buddy Rudolfo the Caribou (Reindeer) wanted me to send you his annual Holiday Message.

Rudolfo; click picture to enlarge me!


I created Rudolfo many years ago on paper and he mysteriously comes to life every year about this time. Rudolfo is too modest to say so, but he is a great grandson of that most famous reindeer – you know the one with the shiny nose. You can see the resemblance.

Before delivering his message, Claudia, Genya, Lou, Rachael, Mars and I (Hank) want to wish you and your family the best for this Holiday Season.


From: Rudolfo

To:  All good People, Flora and Fauna and Others

It’s really cold up here in the northern boreal forest of Canada where we caribou are overwintering.  Last night we saw the eclipse of the moon and today it’s the Winter Solstice. Wow! But more about that later.

First, I have important news! Since last Christmas Natasha and I have a new family member, a  little caribuck, Pierre – 7 months old.  You can see his picture below with Mom.  Pierre is a very smart little  reindeer and has already announced his intention to follow in the hoof prints of his great grandfather and guide the  Great Sled on its journey south. Yes, Pierre there is a Santa Claus.

Now to the Solstice: Since ancient times we caribou and all matter of beasts know that the darkest shortest day marks the beginning of the return of the Sun and up here it’s really dark.  This reminds us how much we depend on the sun — sunlight makes  our food grow — caribou moss and other tasty green stuff.  It’s renewable! And we even use wind power — we run into the wind to ward off the mosquitoes that eternally attempt to feast on us reindeer. I say go renewable and get the bugs out of the energy policy (no pun intended).

Our foraging band; me up front, Natasha fourth in the line.



Natasha and Itsy-Bitsy Pierre

Yeah we have a  lot of problems up  here and around the world; melting permafrost, more mosquitoes,  hard economic times, to name a few.  But let’s not give up hope – that’s what the Solstice  tells us. Burn a  Yule Log, Light Hanukkah candle (never too late), eat some latkes, sing a carol, have some fun and warmth with your family.  Oh, and dig up a live Christmas Tree and plant it after New Years!

And let’s not forget those who need help. I hear there are a lot more folks showing up at the food pantries and soup kitchens this year; so please let’s all be generous — that’s the real Yuletide Spirit!

Have the happiest of holidays, Rudolfo with Natasha and Itsy-Bitsy Pierre!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. December 28, 2010 2:05 pm

    Hi hank
    Happy Holidays….thanks for all the lovely greetings, artist’s renderings and messages from Rodolfo….

  2. December 28, 2010 2:03 pm

    Happy Holidays to you, Hank!
    Thanks for the lovely pix, message from Rodolfo! and artist’s renderings…..

    but I see nothing related to “back to the hospital”—that’s a good sign.

    • Henry S. Cole, Ph.D. permalink*
      December 28, 2010 2:44 pm

      I have had many inquiries about the condition of ticker and whether I’ll need a pace-maker.
      I had the final tests early this month and final visit with my cardiologist last week. The verdict, watchful waiting. I have been feeling a lot better; so whatever the problem it may have been temporary.

  3. December 22, 2010 9:54 am

    Beautiful, Hank, and warmest holiday greetings to you and your family…from the snowy tundra of Wisconsin!

  4. Charlie Grob permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:01 am

    Holiday Greetings, and best wishes for a healthy New Year to all. Geesh 2011 can you believe it?????

    • Wayne Sevinsky permalink
      December 22, 2010 8:27 pm

      Have a great Holiday to you and yours.

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