That most wonderful time of the year

From our house to yours, enjoy the wonders of the human spirit throughout this string of holiday seasons that carry us into 2011. May your holiday spirit enjoy broad sprinklings of merriment, family, safe travels, and optimism for what lies ahead.

One-of-a-kind, On-line, Odd-ventures

double genache chocolate cheesecakeIn ongoing ventures as an E-preneur, I've gathered a marketplace for world-class goods that you can't find anywhere else. Please explore with me the worlds into which I've  wandered, studied long and hard the last 3 years, and discovered wonders -- gourmet specialty coffee roasting and blending; gourmet artisan chocolate; gourmet cheesecake; art prints, and artisan crafts by amazing family artists. MORE DETAILS

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Join in themes that support living in good cheer and overcoming anything the world throws at us. Favorite subjects: Family. Grandchildren. Dogs. Friendship. Excellent books. Incredible food. Cameras and photos. Espresso. Movies. Music. College sports. Baseball. Fountain pens. Cooking. Other stuff. Yours?

Talk back: Tell us how you found Be of Good Cheer dotcom.

Thanks for dropping by. Come again, and bring a friend.

AWE-some Baby!

granddaughter with chocolate all over her mouth


Grandson on a roll

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The grandson in the photo is on a roll, realizing that life is a ball. Granddaughter knows the joy of licking the bowl.

Sunset Inspirations....

Sunburst oil painting of sunset by DeFrance
“When I admire the wonder of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in worship of the Creator”

  --Mahatma Gandhi

["Sunburst" - an original oil painting just before sunset by John DeFrance]

An obscure observation by a renowned Nobel playwright and poet from India plays in concert with our good-cheer theme:

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”

-- Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)
Nobel Prize, Literature (1913)

Sunset on a sailboat in San Juan Islands[ more on sunsets ]

PHOTOS: Sunsets on the Alaska Marine Highway in the Strait of Georgia, WAsunset on San Juan Islands

Check out the artisan pillows, such as "Wanda the Weatherwoman"Wanda the Weatherwoman art pillow at The Ing Thing.