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‘Catholic Press Photo’ — Pope Francis Christmas Card For 2015.

by Anura Guruge


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If you Italian is a bit rusty what it says is
“Wishing you a Holy Christmas and a Happy New Year
in (this) Extraordinary Jubilee (Year) of Mercy”

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Click to access the “Catholic Press Photo” Website … with AMAZING pictures.

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From the “Catholic Press Photo” Website. Use link embedded in image above to access the Website.


Alessia Giuliani

Posting the Catholic Press Photo, “Pope’s Christmas Card,” has been one of my cherished annual traditions since 2008, one that I eagerly look forward to as soon as we enter December.

2008 card, 2009 card, 2010 card, 2011 card.

I used to post them on my then widely read “Popes and Papacy” blog. Though it is still active I don’t update it much. So this year I am starting by posting the card here.

The Rome-based Catholic Press Photo, established over 40 years ago, now led by Alessia Giuliani, the daughter of one of the founders, has been a good friend. This gives me a chance to highlight their excellent work. Enjoy their pictures … especially those of the cardinals.

This year’s card comes with good wishes from Alessia, Monica, Giancarlo e Emanuela.

Thank YOU.

Merry Christmas.


The image depicted is that of Pope Francis pushing open the special big bronze door to St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on December 8, 2015, to commence the Jubilee Year.

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See more pictures and read about it in the U.K. “Telegraph” by clicking on image


The 2010 Card for a bit of Nostalgia.


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by Anura Guruge

Eric Hodecker (Meredith,N.H.), Incisively Funny Cartoonist, Brother Of Stephen.

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Stephen Hodecker bronze nude.
>> Stephen Hodecker, Wyethian of late.

>> Stephen Hodecker nudes 1.
>> Stephen Hodecker nudes 2.
>> Stephen Hodecker nudes 3.

>> The Wyethian James O’Neil.

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These are all COPYRIGHT ‘Eric Hodecker’.


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Eric Hodecker’s current Website at ‘GoComics’. Click to access.


Eric Hodecker is Stephen Hodecker’s brother. Given that he lives in Meredith, N.H., as does Stephen, I would have to think that I have met him. I do remember a Christmas party, probably 1998, at a Hodecker household, with a Hodecker wearing a very clever ‘Viagra Erectable-on-Demandred christmas hat. Given his humor and talent that very well could have been Eric.

Not sure how or why he was not on my radar given that I have followed Stephen’s work since 1987.

A few days ago Stephen posted Eric’s ‘deer co-worker’ cartoon, middle (yellowed) one on top, on Facebook. I LOVED it. My time of off-beat but incisive humor.

I befriended Eric. Now I can follow his work better. I need to find more of his work. Very clever. What a family. What talent.


My kind of British humor.
I am sure Eric will get a kick and maybe some inspiration
from this video.

Check Category ‘Humor’ on sidebar for more >>>>

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Stephen Hodecker (Meredith,N.H.) Bronze Nude Sculpture, ‘Girl At A Pond’, c. 1998.

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Related posts:
>> Stephen Hodecker, Wyethian of late.

>> Stephen Hodecker nudes 1.
>> Stephen Hodecker nudes 2.
>> Stephen Hodecker nudes 3.

>> The Wyethian James O’Neil.

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Attribution WILL be enforced.






Stephen Hodecker, quite justly, is well known as a painter, his nudes, in Meredith, very publicly displayed.

Stephen, however, is also a very accomplished bronze sculptor — and sculpting in bronze is not easy.

Here is very sensuous nude he sculpted c. 1998. Not sure who the model was.

I was lucky enough to get some pictures of it the other day.


Click here to access the ‘Stephen Hodecker’ Website.


I Create A 2nd Yola Website, This Time For ‘A Pup Is NOT A Toy’, In About 20 Minutes.



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>> Teischan’s new Website

>> Nov. 13, 2013.
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I had cancelled the ‘A Pup Is NOT A Toy‘ hosting with GoDaddy, in a huff, a few months ago — given that I wasn’t in the mood to pay $108 for a Website that was basically inactive. Of course, I still held the domain name — just no hosting.

Now that I signed up with Yola, today, my basic $5/month service gives me FIVE (5) Websites with Yola. That was why I went with them. Main priority was Teischan’s Website. GoDaddy hosting was coming up for renewal on the 24th of this month and I wanted her Website up and running, without interruption, before that. She has had an active Website EVERY DAY of her life. How many folks can claim that?

Did that this afternoon. While messing with her DNS records I also updated the ‘Pup’ DNS records as well. Tonight, actually this morning, around mid-night I wanted a break. Writing about Pope John XXIII and Tsar Boris III. Heavy and heady stuff. So thought I would take a diversion and dash off a quick-and-dirty, singe-page Website to see how a 2nd directed (i.e., DNS at GoDaddy) site Yola will work. Worked quite well. I was pretty damn impressed and chuffed. 20 minutes is par for the course for a Website like that. As I said before they could do with my expertise on Healthcare.gov.

So, overall, kind of ‘pleased’ with Yola. They don’t give me a warm-and-fuzzy yet. Their support is VERY iffy. Shame that. Well, I still have 3 Website left with Yola. I might down the road upgrade to SILVER. 25 Websites for $9/month! 


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I Create A New Website For Teischan, Using Yola, In A Couple Of Hours …



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>> — Sep. 24, 2013.
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Remember 24-days ago I said I had it with GoDaddy screwing LOYAL existing customers like me?

In that post I also said I was going to look at template-based, cloud-publishing solutions so I can finally, after 12 years, get away from Microsoft FrontPage.

Having looked at Weebly, Wix and Yola I finally settled on Yola because their price was right (though you do get what you pay for).

For $4.17/month I can get 5 Websites — each with its own domain name (given that I already own these domains).

So for LESS THAN HALF what I pay a month to host ONE (1) Website I can publish and host FIVE (5). I am bit slow on the uptick but it only took me a few days to work out that it was a decent deal.

I spent a few minutes here and there, in my 3rd 11 pm to 1 am shift, looking through their tutorials.

Today at 2 pm I paid my monies (though I could have started with a free account) and started to build the above Website.

A few surprises. What I got was their most basic PAID service, bronze. So they kept on trying to get me to upgrade to Silver. That was annoying. Though they claim 24/7 Premium phone support — that appears to be pie in the sky! When you call it says ‘No Phone Support’! Nice.

I had to visit GoDaddy and edit DNS records — not something I enjoy doing since if you screw up you are in big trouble. Then you have to wait for the DNS records to be propagated.

But, by 4 pm I have a PUBLISHED, 3 page Website. It was quick and dirty. But, it was for a 7 year old. I just wanted it up since I first created this Website the NIGHT she was born. So she has had her own, working Website with pictures from the day she was born. I didn’t want to break that and I didn’t. Yes, I deleted the GoDaddy hosting BEFORE I updated the DNS record. I do know my way around. I have been creating Websites and teaching classes on Website design since 2002.

So, Yola?

It is OK. It is the lack of phone support that bugs me — after they claim all over the place that they do.

It is possible that they are in trouble.

Now that I have 4 other Websites available, in this package, I will dash a couple more off over the next few weeks.

Boston Chinese New Year: Sunday, February 17, 2013 — It Is Snowing Quite Hard In Boston. Heads UP.

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Anura Guruge


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>>SNOW?
Feb 16. 2013.
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The Year Of The Snake — Feb. 10, 2013.
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Boston Chinese New Year 2013:
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Feb. 8, 2013.
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Chinese New Year 2013 In Boston: Sunday,
>> February 17, 2013
Jan. 22, 2013.


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Happy New Year.

It is snowing quite heavily in Boston and eastern Massachusetts — per my earlier heads up yesterday morning. Roads are supposed to be slippery. So watch out — especially for the maniacs driving German SUVs & cars and think that they can defy the laws of physics.

We, alas, will not be going. I am beyond bummed. The snow alone would not have deterred me, I have been in and out of Boston in much, much worse. Teischan, gratis of Dartmouth Hitchcock (Concord), has walking pneumonia! If all of their doctors were half-way competent she would have been cured by now — since we also took her in, on an emergency basis, last Tuesday. So, I am not a happy camper.

The snow is expected to moderate around 1pm. They will most likely still have the dragon/lion parades and crackers. This but comes once a year. If you can get to China Town on the ‘tube’ (which we have done numerous times having parked at the Museum of Science, where we were Members) I would still go. It won’t be fun. The tall building will shield you some, but will also act as wind tunnels.

If you went, and have pictures, PLEASE share.

Happy New Year. A pox on some of doctors at DHMC Concord. May the Chines New Year snake bite them, painfully, on their arses.

Boston Chinese New Year 2013: Sunday, February 17, 2013 — SNOW? Another Storm? Is This The Work Of A Snake?

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Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> The Year Of The Snake — Feb. 10, 2013.
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Boston Chinese New Year 2013:
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Feb. 8, 2013.
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Chinese New Year 2013 In Boston: Sunday,
>> February 17, 2013
Jan. 22, 2013.
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Dim Sum In China Town, Boston — The Update — Sept. 3, 2012.
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Dim Sum In China Town, Boston — Aug. 24, 2012.


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Click to access forecast.


Happy New Year.

Deanna was checking the Boston weather and amazed me by saying that it is expected to snow Saturday and Sunday in Boston. Wow. A week after the Blizzard. I am still keen to go and a New Year comes only but once a year — though I celebrate three and plan to make that four this year by cracking the Jewish protocols. 1″ snow isn’t a big deal. I have drive in and out of Boston in much, much worse. But, as Deanna points out it is what happens when we get to China Town. We will play it by ear. Just wanted to give you a head’s up.

Happy Chinese New Year 2013: The Year Of The Snake.

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Boston Chinese New Year 2013: Good Job It Is February 17
>>Feb. 8, 2013.

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Chinese New Year 2013 In Boston: Sunday, February 17, 2013
>>Jan. 22, 2013.
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Dim Sum In China Town, Boston — The Update — Sept. 3, 2012.
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Dim Sum In China Town, Boston — Aug. 24, 2012.


Happy New Year.

Happy New Year. Trust me, you cannot ever have too many New Years per year. More the better, more the merrier. I have another one coming up in April. And maybe this year IF I can finally sort it out I will also celebrate the Jewish New Year.

All this said, let us not forget that the Chinese are ‘illegally’ processing ivory even as we read this and doing so, as with everything they do, on a grand scale. This is bad. But, there is nothing we can do to deter the Chinese.


You are a SNAKE if you were born:

Click if you want to learn more.

Click if you want to learn more.

That I am a snake is so sad and ironic. I truly hate snakes. But, you really can’t blame me. Where I come from snakes kill and do so everyday.


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Giuseppe’s, Meredith, NH: A Delightful Dining Experience, Always.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access ‘Giuseppe’s Pizzeria & Ristorante’ Website.

Giuseppe’s Pizzeria & Ristorante last night. Click to ENLARGE. Faces pixelated for privacy.

Painting by Meredith’s own Steve Hodecker of the Giuseppe’s bar, that hangs over the bar. Alas I have never met a nude lady at the bar. I, however, do know the lady depicted in the picture, but I am not telling. I have an original Steve Hodecker nude bronze from c. 1999. I am waiting for Steve to get mega famous so I can sell it and retire. Click image to ENLARGE it.

Click to access the Steve Hodecker Website.


The Brilliant
Paul Warnick of Gilford

Paul Warnick who can read and play to an audience like no other in the Lakes Region. He teaches music at Gilford High. Mr. Nice Guy. Very talented. Very pleasing. Very soothing. Very inspiring.

Listen to Paul Warnick on YouTube. He is good, real good. The band he plays in, Phil ‘in The Blanks is my FAVORITE local band, way ahead of ‘Annie and the Orphans’. [If you follow this blog you know I know my music and bands, having been a groupie for many years.]

Click to access the Phil ‘n The Blanks.

We had an outstanding birthday dinner at Giuseppe’s, in Meredith, last night. It doesn’t get any better. Everything was perfect or close to perfect. That we had Paul Warnick providing the music was a bonus. I think Paul Warnick is THE BEST cover music performer in the Lakes Region. I have liked him for the very first time I heard him 6 or 7 years ago. That our table was right next to the stage made it even better.

I have been going to Giuseppe’s, regularly, since 1996, which is when I bought a house in Meredith, in what is now ‘Mile Point’. Giuseppe’s has been our ‘go to’ restaurant since then. In February 2007, when we sold our house in Gilford, we went to Giuseppe’s to celebrate (and left my credit card behind, the 1st time I had ever done so in over 30 years of having credit cards). Yes, I know the owner Julie Gnerre Bourgeois, her husband, Michael (a top rate musician), their son and her mother. The story of how I met Julie in 1997 is towards the bottom.

Yesterday was Devanee’s 12th birthday. When we asked her where she wanted to go for her birthday dinner she said, without any prompting from us, “Giuseppe’s”. When a 12 year old picks Giuseppe’s over all the other restaurants she knows in Concord, Manchester and Portsmouth, you know that it has to be special. And that it is.

Devanee and I are HUGE fans of the Giuseppe’s spinach rolls and calamari. The spinach rolls are unique. I can, as with apple fritters from Apple View, eat them till I explode. So can Devanee. There are times we order two servings, eat it all and then order two more to take home. They are never the same. The ratio of spinach to feta is a moving feast (and yes, I once told them to make a new batch with more cheese); and their crispiness varies. But, they are always irresistible. Their calamari has always been exquisite. Yesterday the girls had a large Pollo Florentine Alfredo pizza. It was good. Their pizza is always great. Divine. I had their prime rib special. That is the first time I have ordered beef at a restaurant in decades. I don’t eat that much beef. I just had a feeling that this was going to be good, because it was the special. Boy, was I right. The steak melted in your mouth. There was only a modicum of fat and it was easy to pare it away. Bravo. Thank you.

Dining at Giuseppe’s is a holistically satisfying experience. It isn’t just the food or that they have superb Italian wines. It is more than just the staff being delightful. The ambiance captivates you and the whole place has a buzz. The music is always a plus (and we remembered poor Giovanni, the late piano player, with fondness). It is the COMPLETE dining experience, sans par in the Lakes Region. You meet fun people from all over, around the globe. I have met Brits and folks from down under. Yesterday we met someone quite important in the entertainment industry from Boston. Yes, we swapped cards.

Don’t take my word for it. Ask others. Check it out on the Web. But, the fact that it was crowded on a Wednesday evening tells its own story.

So, the bottom line is we are HUGE fans of Giuseppe’s. Period. Whenever we don’t have major conflicts we try and attend the ‘all day’ annual music extravaganza, on Sunday in March, to benefit Julie’s father, Giuseppe Gnerre’s Music Scholarship Fund. I am sure I have been at least 10 times. That is how we got exposed to Paul Warnick and his hip hopping band. [Check out the Giuseppe’s web site for the March 2013 event. Make sure to get a reservation when Paul Warnick is playing. Those seats go fast. Paul is mega popular.]


Julie, got us a chocolate cake (with the Giuseppe’s musical motif, at my request).

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This cake was beyond yummy. It was heavenly.

I know my chocolate cake. The reason I am so dark brown is all the chocolate cake I have eaten in my life since I was a baby. My mother, though she couldn’t cook, was a par excellence cake and dessert maker. She made the richest, cholesterol dripping (though we didn’t have any idea then) cakes, fluffs and puddings in the Louis XIV decadent style. This chocolate cake was on par with my mother’s, and there can be no higher praise, though I am sure this was considerably healthier than anything my mother aspired to. [If she was making a ‘small’ cake for say 12, she would use about 36 eggs and about 10 pounds of butter. Suffice to say people, the son in the lead, would rave about how good it was. And now doctors ask me why my cholesterol is so high and why I look like the poster child for ‘massive heart attack waiting to happen’.]

The cake was made by
Jennifer ‘the cake lady‘ J. MacDonald,
whose motto, per the sticker on the cake box is:
More than just a pretty cake!!‘.

We will concur. We don’t know her. Never heard of her. There was a small, hard to read phone number on the sticker. It is: 603-393-5847. The price was good too, thought that might have been a special for Julie.

We will definitely recommend her cake.

The sticker also says: ‘If you can dream it, I can bake it’.

I like that. I am not sure whether she knows that the Animal Planet show ‘Tanked’ has a similar tagline. But, they don’t make cakes.

From Enid Blyton’s Noddy series. All the books had this, the ‘Noddy Toy Village’ picture, on the inside of the front and back covers.

When I was 6 or 7, my mother made a cake for my birthday, with each and every one of these buildings, in 3-D, standing up, all in cake, on top of a large cake base, exactly as they appear in the picture. She even built the arched bridge for the train.
I dream of that cake. Maybe I will get Jennifer to make me another.


My preferred wine glass for good, red wine. It has to look and have a feminine form.

I do have one complaint, albeit a small one and it has to do with how small the wine glass was.

I didn’t have my reading glasses, so I told the delightful young man serving us to get me a GOOD, Italian red house wine. He did. The wine, as I expected, was superb. Went down nicely. But, I was shocked. It was served in a small, rotund glass! They know their wine. You can’t properly drink red wine from a glass that doesn’t have a true female shape! For a good Italian red, you need a glass with some body, some fluting, some grace.  I bitched to Deanna.

Yes, I could have told them to switch glasses. But, I didn’t want to be ‘fussy’.

I ordered a second glass, it was so good.

Yes, I appreciate that it could be a cost issue, but don’t short change red wine drinkers. Make the profits on the beer drinkers. Dilute the beer, give them smaller glasses. They won’t know any better. Red wine is a sacred thing, especially to an Italian (or for that matter a papal historian). Sorry, to bitch, but red wine is a VERY IMPORTANT part of my life.


How I Met Julie

The red building at the corner of Dover and Main in Meredith. I am told that Bob Montana who created the Archie Comics used it as a studio. For a time there was an electrical lightning shop in there.

I am only relating this here because it falls into that category of what people often tell me about me and my life: ‘it could only happen with you‘.

The above red building, which has always been red as far as I can remember it, was an electric lighting shop (i.e., lamp store), c. 1997.

I was in there one afternoon, midweek, browsing when I saw this young lady, with long black hair, buy a large, wrought-iron standard light and walk out of the door with it.

Me being who I am, and even though I was with folks, I immediately trotted after her, approached her from behind and said: ‘would you like me to carry that for you?

Now you have to realize that I was probably the ONLY non-white person within a 50 mile radius of Meredith that day in 1997; and I don’t exactly look like a banker. So, for all she knew, I could have taken her lamp and run off.

But, to her credit, she took a chance. She looked me over, handed over the lamp and said: ‘thank you‘. That was it. Nothing else. She walked across to Main Street and then started walking down it. I followed. Must have been quite a sight. She never said a word or looked back. She walked a few hundred yards. We came to a white apartment block on the right hand side of Main Street. She opened the door. Still no words between us. It was very formal. She walks in. I follow. Wow nh Anura GurugeShe went up a flight of stairs (or two). I was right behind. She opened a door, turned around, reached for the lamp. I handed it over. She said: ‘thank you. That was very kind‘. I acknowledged her thanks, turned around and started walking back (aware that I had just walked out of the shop leaving folks behind). As I was about to descend the stairs she calls out: ‘do you know who I am?‘ I turned back and said I had no clue. She goes: ‘Do you know Giuseppe’s?‘. I tell her that I have eaten there. She adds: ‘Oh, I am Julie. I own Giuseppe’s. Next time you are around say “hello”‘. A few weeks later, when I was there I did just that. She remembered me. She has never forgotten me since.

Yes, when I started ‘Waiters on Water‘, WOW NH, Julie was one of the 1st to sign up.