Me and Mr. Claus

Me and Mr. Claus

By Mark Aldrich

I know Santa Claus, which I know sounds like a tall tale …

I do not remember the moment I learned that the many Misters and Missuses Claus that we encountered in person or saw on TV were “not real”; the fact that there was no “a-ha” moment leads me to assume that I never bought the story anyway. Maybe so, maybe not.

There is at least one photo of my sister and me in a “portrait with Santa,” and I remember the typical session: I knew, just knew, that this fellow was not Santa and I did not feel betrayed by this. I did not know why he claimed to be Santa. I knew it was a guy overheating indoors in a snowsuit for reasons related to “things grown-ups do.” It did not make much sense to me, to be a grown-up who wore a snowsuit indoors, but I did not envy adults the many things that they did, said, claimed, acted as if, and always eventually emphatically insisted made sense despite the absence of any evidence of sense.
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Panda’s Blog: Writing and Creating

Panda’s Blog: Writing and Creating

By Panda Panda

[Editor’s Note: With Season One of the Mark Aldrich and Panda sketch comedy show now available, Panda decided that she wanted to talk with her fans online who want to know more about her, so she started to write and have us publish a blog about her life. By the way, if you have not started to watch, episodes one through six (with extras!) of Mark Aldrich and Panda are available on YouTube, and each episode is about ten minutes long and hilarious, if I say so myself, as Panda’s co-star. And now, here’s Panda with week eleven of Panda’s Blog.—Mark]

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Panda’s Blog for MONDAY
People seem to care about what I’m doing! That’s exciting. I’m going to keep notes, and that way I can tell you what I do all day.
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‘The Pic of Paganini,’ Part 7, a poem by Panda 🐼

‘The Pic of Paganini,’ Part 7, a poem by Panda 🐼

By Panda Panda

[Editor’s Note: In an online chat between Panda, Meghan, and Mark, the topic of musicians came up and the name of Niccolò Paganini (October 1782 – 27 May 1840), seen at top, came up, which led to several entries in this ongoing and frequently updated series: “Panda’s Paganini Poems.”—Mark]
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‘The Pic of Paganini,’ Part 6, a poem by Panda 🐼

‘The Pic of Paganini,’ Part 6, a poem by Panda 🐼

By Panda Panda

[Editor’s Note: In an online chat between Panda, Meghan, and Mark, the topic of musicians came up and the name of Niccolò Paganini (October 1782 – 27 May 1840), seen at top, came up, which led to several entries in this ongoing and frequently updated series: “Panda’s Paganini Poems.”—Mark]
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‘The Pic of Paganini,’ Part 5, a poem by Panda 🐼

‘The Pic of Paganini,’ Part 5, a poem by Panda 🐼

By Panda Panda

[Editor’s Note: In an online chat between Panda, Meghan, and Mark, the topic of musicians came up and the name of Niccolò Paganini (October 1782 – 27 May 1840), seen at top, came up, which led to several entries in this ongoing and frequently updated series: “Panda’s Paganini Poems.”—Mark]
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