Mellow out, calm down and take a chill pill. Always a good piece of advice for the month of December. Think bears snuggling into their hibernation spots, wherever they are. Think root soups and hot chocolate and wood fires and all that Christmas rush stuff will take care of itself. I tried a bit of shopping today. I’m no good at it. Department stores are my downfall with all those racks placed right in your way, like an enchanted maze that siphons off energy and replaces it with confusion. I wandered in circles until I’d run out of time and with great relief found my way to the exit.