'Tis the day after Christmas and all through the house, not a creature is stirring, no never.
Perhaps, I can close my eyes to the scene and forget about shopping forever.
In my mind is a fog, in my body fatigue, what can I do to recover?
When what do my wondering ears really hear, but, "What's for dinner, mother?"
That does it, I'm through, I'm leaving this zoo, to my office I am retreating.
With a twist of its head and a wink of its eye, this difficult year is completing;
But one moment of thanks for family and friends, one heart that is filled with gratitude, for peace on earth and discounted prices, and a slightly improving attitude.
Once a year this side of my writing sneaks out of the word processor.
Last week, while most of us were piling on the clothes to keep warm, members of the Severna Park YMCA Swim Team were stripping down to their Speedos.
As temperatures outside nose-dived,inside the steamy aquatic center at Towson State University, SPY swimmers plunged into the task of breaking records at the 18th annual Christmas Meet.
Fifteen-year-old Nora Grannell, daughter of Andy andDianneGrannell of Gambrills, broke the meet record with a time of 56.89 in the 100-yard backstroke. The old standard was set by former Olympic gold medalist Theresa Andrews.
Her Senior U.S. Swimming National Qualifying Time established a Maryland area and resident record for the 15- and 16-year-old age group.
Nora also established a Junior U.S. Swimming National Qualifying Time in the 200 backstroke witha finish of 2:04.62.
Seventeen-year-old Eric Sloan, son of Seibert and Sharon Sloan of Millersville, earned two first places and a Junior U.S. Swimming National Qualifying Time in the 100 (53.38) and 200(1:54.83) backstroke.
Both swimmers qualified for the YMCA National Championships this spring in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Nora in the 100 and 200 backstroke, 100 and 200 butterfly, 100 freestyle, 200 and 400 individual medleys and relays, and Eric in the 50 and 100 freestyle and backstroke.
Other SPY swimmers qualifying for the YMCA nationals were 15-year-old Christie Jones in the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke; 17-year-old Kelly Carpenter in the 50 freestyle; and 15-year-old Erin Cain in the 200 backstroke.
A Greater Severna Park man was among a select group of students recently initiated into the Kappa Beta Chapter of Tau Alpha Pi, Anne Arundel Community College's National Honor Society for Engineering and Technologies.
Honored was Russell Steinbach of Arnold.
Just two community colleges in Maryland have engineering honor society chapters, said Willard R. Mumford, chairman of AACC's Engineering and Technologies Division.
There are 136 chapters in the United States.
Schoolchildren with atleast three A's on their report card can get a year's free membership to the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore's Inner Harbor.
For details, call (410) 685-2370.
Towson State University is offering College for Kids, a month of Saturdays for gifted children from 9:30 a.m. to noon Feb. 1-29.
Children 4 years old through sixth grade are invited to participate. Deadline for registration is Saturday, Jan. 18.
For further information, call 830-3997.
During December, music students from Severna Park Middle School performed throughout the county.
Selected for the All-County Band were Sachin Singhal, oboe; Lorianne Lohan, flute; Chelsea Lane, Mike Lunsford, Andy Peters and Josh Davidsburg, clarinet; David Schult, trumpet; Jessica Kenworthy, baritone horn; and Eric Weiss, percussion.
In the All-County Orchestra were Sarah Atkinson and Joey Laque, violin; Elise Couper, viola; and Aimee Scott, Sarah Obrecht and Elise Couper, cello.
SPMS members of the All-County Chorus were: sopranos Susan Hoffman, Cynthia Holliday and Vanessa Palme; altos Beth DiBlasi, Shannon Langsner and Heather Schomann; and baritones Keith Hidenfelter, Ryan McFeely and Jason Whittle.
To arrange for the chorus to sing for your organization, call 647-7900.
Fourth-graders at Chesapeake Academy raffled off a beautiful handmade sweat shirt this holiday season to raise money in support of Sarah's House. Hard work, enthusiasmand the generosity of many allowed the children to raise $150 for the home.
The sweat shirt was made and donated by Mary Marks of Marcks Pizazz Etc., and donated tickets were designed by C. R. Graphics and printed by All Three Printing.
Chris Van Alesburg's book "The Polar Express" was the focus recently of Chesapeake Academy's 3-year-olds and second-graders in an imaginary trip on the "Polar Express to the North Pole."
Children wore their pajamas and followed their teachers, Lee Ann Hottel and Vicki D'Andrea, who were conductors on the magic train.
Sixty-five of Archbishop Spalding High School's students are participating in the Jason Project, a televised scientific exploration permitting them to explore the Galapagos Islands.
The program, designed to inspire enthusiasm for the sciences, isbeing broadcast into classrooms for an hour during the regularschoolday.