Category Archives: Holidays

Valentines – Giving from the heart

A commentary from my past life as a newspaper columnist – published February 13, 1991 in the Garland Daily News (Garland, TX) Now, for the proverbial “call to action:” If you liked this piece, please click “Like,” leave a comment, … Continue reading

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Dickens and Do-Overs

I can’t help wondering if perhaps Charles Dickens’ inspiration for “A Christmas Carol” was not just looking back over his life. Was there just that moment when he wished that all he had lived through was but a dress rehearsal … Continue reading

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Give Up or Just Give – A Lenten List

Ash Wednesday, and so it begins, the season of spiritual renewal, and for some Christian denominations, the Lenten sacrifice. Typically, chocolate and other sweet snacks are offered up for this six week period. I can’t help but wonder if the … Continue reading

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Miracle?  Or was one angel “asleep at the mantle?”

This originally reminded me of the 1948 movie Miracle of the Bells, with Fred MacMurray and Frank Sinatra.  The essence of the film (the miracle) is a statue of the Virgin Mary turning toward the casket of a young actress … Continue reading

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‘Twas the Day Before Christmas…

When I was a child, Christmas Eve was the most magical, wonderful – yet, the longest day of the year. My big brother and I woke up very early. But, hey, we weren’t stupid. Well aware the daylight hours would drag … Continue reading

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A Bit of Grilling About Your Memorial Day Grilling

MEMORIAL DAY is the second most popular day (after Independence Day) for outdoor grilling. Is there such thing as indoor grilling?  Yes.  That’s what you call it when someone asks you a lot of questions.  So, here goes your indoor … Continue reading

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Mothers Day is a Beach

When my kids were little, Mothers Day always seemed to coincide with our annual 600-mile pilgrimage to South Padre Island. Not yet the super-mega resort it is now, it was still a relatively well-kept secret island paradise at the southern … Continue reading

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