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The small easy chair was stashed on top of the luggage. The smog had not overtaken mist in those days.

  We never had a lot of money--our father was a freelance artist and our mother was a stay-at-home Mom (in the lingo of the 1960s a "housewife")--so Christmas was not about lists and sp

I've gotten a lot of great presents over the years.  With four kids now ranging in age from nineteen to twenty-nine, I could probably string a paper chain made of gift wrap and ribbon and cellopha

     Although I have received many beautiful and memorable Christmas gifts over the years, there is one that means more to me than wo

Ring on Finger

I told my husband Michael it would be a hard row to hoe this Christmas.  After all, last year he gave me an engagement ring in my stocking on Christmas Eve.  What's next?  A garbage disposal? 

A miniature-adult figure dressed in shimmering white satin decorated with beads and lace stared back at m

came before christmas 2002 when my husband Jim proposed to me.  It was not really romantic but very comical.

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Dear Melissa, 

 It’s your 4th birthday today.  What good luck that Mrs. Pickering chose such a spectacular craft project for her preschool class on this day.  

When I was ten years old, I wanted, more than anything, to be a hippie.  It was 1968.  I wore horse blanket ponchos, high boots (rain boots, but I could pretend), and was graced with a head of bl

Connor and I goofing around in front of the camera
The best Christmas gift I ever received actually arrived a few days before Christmas. It was the afternoon of the 23rd of 2002.