Marley was dead: to begin with.

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I do love the Muppet Christmas Carol. I’ll love it when I’m 80.

That is one of my favorite beginnings of all time.  The first time I came across it, I was about 5 years old, watching the Muppet Christmas Carol with my older sister, and it gave me chills.  Charles Dickens knew how to make a beginning that stood the test of time; he is a storyteller that invites, creating a vivid picture in the minds of readers.  I am no Charles Dickens, indeed only one man was, but in my hope for a grand, eloquent welcome, I’ll share with you a beginning that always makes me shiver.

Marley was dead: to begin with.

Affable brabble is the goal of this endeavor.  I want to practice my writing, making time to organize my thoughts even when it seems impossible to find order anywhere.  Affability is a feeling of companionship, and geniality.  Brabble is a stubborn discussion about trivial things.  Is there such a thing as considerate, productive, affable brabble?  I do not know, but I may have been the first to consider that exact wording.

So here is to Charles Dickens, beginnings, modest commitment, and affable brabble in all our future discussions.

Sincerely,

Bettina

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