Holiday Sweets: So Many Traditions

holiday sweets

When and why did the candy cane originate? How many different religions and cultures enjoy gingerbread and marzipan during the holidays? How do these traditions make us more the same than different? These and other tantalizing questions will be addressed below. Read on, my sweets. [ Read More ]

Itch, Itch, My Goodness An Itch

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By mid-August, I generally have bought and wrapped my holiday gifts. I start shopping for the next year right after this year’s BIG day. [ Read More ]

QUIZ: Christmas Gift for 3-Year-Old or 23-Year-Old?

christmas quiz

A Christmas quiz that also serves as insight into what to get your (2)3 year old. [ Read More ]

It’s Valentine’s Day: Where Are The Women?

the thought doesn't count

February 15, 2014– Well into the evening yesterday (Valentine’s Day), I entered a small florist and found myself in line behind six or seven male customers…and no women.  That’s right; not one women in the shop (other than employees)! [ Read More ]

Hannah and I

I am Hannah’s father and Hannah is my daughter, and that’s the way we like it. When she was five years old I took her to see Santa Claus at a local store. [ Read More ]

The Flying Turkey [podcast]

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Rachael tells a one of a kind Christmas story about a turkey that became a legend! [ Read More ]

The Scarf

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A family Christmas gathering is fertile ground for humorous stories…especially when a “white elephant” gift exchange is involved. [ Read More ]

Little Shy Felipe

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Driving a school bus in a growing community presents some unique opportunities, especially when one of your routes involves an ethnically diverse mix of four and five-year olds. When the school year begins, many of these kids don’t speak any English. [ Read More ]

Time To Open Presents

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Santa had barely made it up the chimney before my brothers and I would tiptoe down the stairs. “Behold the magic” isn’t too silly a phrase to describe the way we viewed the scene. The lights glowed on a jumble of pretty packages. [ Read More ]

A Christmas Present In Thailand

christmas present

When I first arrived in Thailand years ago, I promised myself I wouldn’t get locked into a relationship, for many reasons. But I ended up in a serious relationship with a woman named Cake – yes, the kind that sits in a dessert case. [ Read More ]

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