Merry Christmas. This is a great time of year and I hope for all of our readers that you enjoy this time. It’s the season to gather with family and friends and celebrate. As we all do that, I hope all of us will harken back to Thanksgiving last month and remember just how blessed we are to live in this country and enjoy the freedoms and opportunities that America offers. It’s been my pleasure and privilege to offer my thoughts on events and people in Pleasanton, the Tri-Valley and beyond for all of my adult life (more than 50 years). I am grateful for many long-time readers and for those of you who are newer. Thank you. My wish for all is for a blessed and peaceful holiday season. For my family, we will celebrate the birth of the Christ child, God with us, as the centerpiece of our time together.