A Villa Lucci Christmas

The valley is quiet this Christmas Eve morning. A soft and gentle snow is slowly dusting the deck as I look out at the red chinese lantern on the iron deck table. A light white mantle lays across the jutting rock wall lacing its way under the curling limbs of the Burr Oaks. Simon Mulligan is playing jazz renditions of Christmas classics from the great Steinway Hall in New York City. Today, there will be an open house at a dear friends’ house and tonight I will make dinner for other dear ones and play Monopoly. The boys come tomorrow morning — and that will make Christmas complete.


There have been holiday surprises and all the things that make Christmas magical. It is hard to imagine that a holiday could be better but for peace on earth–another year’s resolution to do my part. Details to come, but to my friends and family far and wide . . . merry Christmas Eve from Villa Lucci.


About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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