Holiday Sweets: So Many Traditions

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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 ]

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 ]

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

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

A Shaving Kit For Boys [PODCAST]

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Megan Mac tells a funny true story about the time she bought her son his first shaving kit for Christmas.  [ Read More ]

Christmas With the Lovable Jokers

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One December my family sat in the dining room, enjoying our Christmas dinner. I was probably nine years old at the time. Unbeknownst to me, I was also the object of a sinister conspiracy cooked up by Dad and my sister Kerry. [ Read More ]

I’m Ready For Valentines Day

February 14, 2015– Dear Secret Diary, Valentines Day is here.  [ Read More ]

Let Skating Boys Lie

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Let it be known that I am neither sportsman nor outdoorsman. When it comes to winter pastimes, I have never in my life skied, snow-boarded or snow-shoed, and even after the events shortly following Christmas 2013, I maintain that I have never ice skated. [ Read More ]

Elf On The Shelf [PODCAST]

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On Christmas Day, Mary Ann helps an elf in peril! [ Read More ]

A Christmas Present In Thailand

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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 ]

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

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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 ]