Category Archives: Holidays

No More Virtual – Bring Back Actual

Seriously, the only thing making me sick is the word virtual. I am truly just so sick of hearing about virtual concerts, virtual conventions, virtual fairs. For cryin’ out loud, even the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade will be virtual this … Continue reading

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Father’s Day – Even For the Fatherless

So, here comes Father’s Day – a Hallmark holiday I always dreaded as a child, because I didn’t have a father. No, I wasn’t a test tube baby or anything. My parents divorced just shy of my fourth birthday. Mom, … Continue reading

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New Normal and Other Possibilities of a Post-Coronavirus World

When this Coronavirus insanity ends… When retail stores throw open their doors… When kids go back to school, and parents return to work… When the world at large reopens… When devastation and isolation turn to celebration… And we trust these … Continue reading

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In-law Christmas

This next weekend is usually designated as what I used to affectionately call “in-law Christmas,” when you gather with the non-alpha in-laws to celebrate the holiday (as opposed to the real festivities with your actual family). For further clarification, the … Continue reading

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In-law Thanksgiving

This weekend is usually designated as what I used to affectionately call “in-law Thanksgiving,” when you gather with the non-alpha in-laws to celebrate the holiday (as opposed to the real feast with your actual family). For further clarification, the “alpha … Continue reading

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Don’t Be Shocked – It’s Not Just About the Lights

In the old days (read “when I was a child”), most people called the electric bill their “light bill.” Because, lights were pretty much the primary leeches of that magic current flowing into the house. Even the logo for the … Continue reading

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“Working 9 to 5 – what a way to make a living”

After years of being a secretary, currently called an “administrative professional,” I was able to go home and be a full-time mom.  Fortunately, for many of those mom years,  I was also writing a newspaper column.  In April 1992, I … Continue reading

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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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Today, Hispanic; Tomorrow? Depends – What’s on the Menu?

They say everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. I say Americans are basically fickle, and will adjust their heritage in a heartbeat for an excuse to party. Seriously, everybody’s Catholic for Mardi Gras; we’re all German for Oktoberfest, and … Continue reading

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Today, IRISH; Tomorrow? Depends – What’s on the Menu?

They say everyone is Irish on St. Patricks Day.  I say Americans are basically fickle, and will adjust their heritage in a heartbeat for an excuse to party.  Seriously, everybody’s Catholic for Mardi Gras; we’re all German for Oktoberfest, and … Continue reading

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“Peanuts” and Charlie Brown as Allegory or Parable and Joel Osteen

I never watch “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” that I don’t, on some level, feel that Charlie Brown’s life, on some level, reflects that of many people – hence, the popularity of “Peanuts.” While (fortunately), we don’t all always fail or f… Continue reading

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Labor Day: Indoor GRILLING About Outdoor COOKING

If you can believe everything you read on the Internet (and who doesn’t -after all, it was invented by Al Gore)… my brief web-scan indicates LABOR DAY is the third most popular day for outdoor grilling. Is there such thing as indoor grilling? Su… Continue reading

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Hotdog Eating Contest Elevates Gluttony to An Organized Sport

Are we not bombarded, on a daily basis, with “news” that Americans are too fat? There is even talk of proposed legislation to limit our freedom to salt – SALT, as in “of the earth.” Both sugar and sodium have become four-letter words. Fast food es… Continue reading

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