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wendy-mcnally's picture
Jan.04.2012
In 2012, I hope to better understand the modern day deviant...not just the 'grab and run' idiot but the 'murderer who absolutely believes he or she won't get caught', as there seems to be a flurry of crimes in our modern civilized world that often need intervention and interpretation of evidence. I...
kergan-edwards-stout's picture
Dec.21.2011
I trimmed the first of our three trees this weekend. It is fake, in terms of material, but holds more emotional weight for me than any of our others. We also do a real tree, very cabin/rustic-themed, and a small tree in our boys room, which holds their ornaments. But it is the fake tree which...
red-room-well-red's picture
Dec.19.2011
As I write this, around the world, the first Hanukkah candle has been or is about to be lit, and latkes and sufganiyot are frying. Preparations for Christmas gatherings are delighting or overwhelming billions of people. Feasts for the solstice, for Kwanzaa, and even Festivus are in the planning....
loraine-despres's picture
Dec.16.2011
About this time of year, I feel over loaded. Don’t you? Instead of joy and holiday fun, I have cooking anxiety—what’ll I cook? Will it come out all right? Does my stove work? Will anyone want to eat it? And oh Lord, there’s the shopping anxiety. Did I forget someone? Will everyone like...
farzana-versey's picture
Dec.16.2011
That year I had banged my head against imaginary walls. It hurt more than real walls would, for when you imagine things they get magnified. The walls were made of stone, grey and cold and weathered. They knew pain. It was end of December, when there was a nip in the air and I'd walk through the...
catherine-nagle's picture
Dec.16.2011
O' Christmas Ornaments! During the holidays, I am such a traditionalist and programmed into doing the same thing year after year.  Rarely, do I see something outstanding that moves me to change or add to my collection of ornaments inside or outside of our house. This year is an...
fran-johns's picture
Dec.15.2011
Walter Isaacson spoke recently at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco about his new biography of Steve Jobs. It is a thoroughly researched account of an unusual man, some say 'genius.' No offense to Mr. Isaacson or Mr. Jobs, but I'm going to pass on reading the book. This has nothing to do with...
arabella-grayson's picture
Dec.15.2011
  My one special ingredient for a joyous and memorable holiday is an open heart brimming with love, gratitude, wonder and forgiveness. Here's to cheerful companionship, friendly fellowship, intellectual insights, warm welcomes, healthy hearts and healing, creative solutions, infectious smiles...
wendy-mcnally's picture
Dec.15.2011
Nothing makes the holiday more fun than the actual sound of Santa and his reindeer galloping across your rooftop above a room full of excited children going balistic as we realize that we had better skidaddle and let the big, fat man do his job. We knew he'd have some trouble getting down our...
nathan-burgoine's picture
Dec.14.2011
There's a story about my Christmas tree. I bought my fake Christmas tree from the sales floor of a Sears, back in 1996.  I could afford the floor model if I cut down on things like food and tea for a week or two until my next paycheck. This was long before I had my husband, or our house, or...