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It’s Christmas Eve at Wal~Mart,

And I’m a sentimental guy—

I must confess I get a little teary

When I wander up and down the aisles looking at the stuff

That makes me want to shop until I’m bleary.


It’s such a beautiful tradition,

Buying things we’ll never use

While the snow falls and the carolers are singing.

It warms your heart when you begin to think about the joy

That those ATM and credit cards are bringing.


So, you can set aside the sleigh bells

And the holly and the cheer,

And never mind that Santa’s keeping track.  

For the purpose of the season,

As it sometimes seems to be,

Is to put the folks at Wal~Mart in the black.



Ask me about my latest book

Some people use to say that discussing religion was a thing to be avoided,
but I have found it to be the most stimulating topic for conversation,
especially among people who are willing to share their doubts and beliefs.
If you are one of those, you may find this book to be helpful—or not. 
In any case, it is sincere—maybe a little preachy, but also entertaining 

The Untold Story of the Word

       A satire on the Old Testiment 

The Hebrew people need guidance, so God writes Ten Commandments

and delivers them to Moses. But the Devil trips Moses as he comes

down the mountain and the Tablets are broken. Moses then proceeds

to rewrite the Commandments leaving out some of God's most

compelling admonitions and adding a few of his own. 


Click here to order

The Untold Story of the Word



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A Book of Verse—and Thou beside me singing in the Wilderness

—Omar Khayyam 



It's Nice To Take A Gift


    Jack Hasling 

A little book of rhyming verses
designed for reading aloud

To order copies

BookShop Santa Cruz

1520 Pacific Ave

Santa Cruz, CA 95060

(831) 423-0900 





Just email me at



                                       IT'S NICE TO TAKE A GIFT

It’s Nice To Take a Gift

when you’re invited out to dine,

And often you might choose to bring

a very special wine.


 But if perhaps there’s something

that your hostess hasn’t read,

Then I suggest you think about

a Book of Verse instead.

 The one I have in mind might be

the perfect shape and size.

The thoughts are very thoughtful

and the wisdom’s very wise.


She’ll like it just as much

as even Shakespeare or Cervantes,

And it’s priced about the same

as some acceptable Chiantis.