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"Other Voices: Politically Correct Holiday Greeting"
I just received this thoughtful holiday greeting
from Walt Johnson, Charlene, and Rosebud, at Turtle Pond Studios.
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Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, our best wishes
for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress,
non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday,
practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion
of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the
religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice
not to practice religious or secular traditions at all.
In addition, please also accept our best wishes for a fiscally successful,
personally-fulfilling and medically-uncomplicated recognition of the onset
of the generally accepted calendar year 2004, but not without due respect
for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society
have helped make this country great (not to imply that this country is
necessarily greater than any other country or area of choice), and without
regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith,
or sexual orientation of the wishers.
This wish is limited to the customary and usual good tidings for a period of
one year, or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting,
whichever comes first. "Holiday" is not intended to, nor shall it be considered,
limited to the usual Judeo-Christian celebrations or observances, or to such
activities of any organized or ad hoc religious community, group, individual,
or belief (or lack thereof).
Note: By accepting this greeting, you are accepting these terms. This greeting
is subject to clarification or withdrawal, and is revocable at the sole discretion
of the wisher at any time, for any reason or for no reason at all. This greeting
is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. This greeting
implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for the
wisher her/himself or others, or responsibility for the consequences which may
arise from the implementation or non-implementation of it.
This greeting is void where prohibited by law.
© Dec. 21, 2003 through the courtesy of Walt, Charlene and Rosebud at
Turtle Pond Studios. All rights reserved.