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Finding My Father on eBay

Christmas trees are as individual as fingerprints. Some people favor white trees with multicolored twinkling lights. Others go for a more monochrome look with the lights, the ornaments, and the tree skirt all matching in shades of red, silver or gold. Tinsel, angel hair, garland, lights, stars, angels — there’s a look, a decorative element [...]

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I don’t know how it started, but for much of my adult life I have been an anti-giftee. I don’t like getting gifts. Not for Christmas. Not for birthdays. Not even for new babies. Maybe it’s the money thing. Maybe it’s a self-esteem thing. (Do I really deserve something so extravagant?) No matter, I am [...]

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Something strange is happening this holiday season. People are saying it. You know, the phrase that’s sort of gone by the wayside: Merry Christmas. I noticed it earlier in the month, and it’s a trend that just hasn’t waned. The first sneaky salutation happened at A.C. Moore. Granted, I was buying ornaments for my Brownie [...]

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Here is a summary of facts related to Big Girl’s holiday party: 1) There are 20 kids in Big Girl’s class. 2) The class moms get to go to every party. 3) Parents of children with food allergies get to attend parties automatically. 4) Only one other parent gets to go to the holiday party. [...]

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Recycle That Wrap!

I’m super-busy right now trying to finish a few large projects so I can actually take a week off from writing. (I will still be editing and reporting, but that’s nothing as compared to the stress of staring at an empty page and a looming copy deadline.) That said, I am recycling, naturally, and using [...]

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I hung up on my mother this weekend. Childish, wrong, silly, I know. On Christmas Day we had dinner at her house. On each of the kids’ plates there was a large — and I do mean LARGE — puke green Grinch lollipop. My mom’s neighbor is one of those holiday bakers that I can [...]

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I am a freelance journalist. I have been since October 16, 1999. My income is based on my good ideas, talent, and a little luck. There’s one more component, too: The kindness of relative strangers — the editors, producers, and project managers who give me assignments. That’s why, every year, I take the time to [...]

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This morning I woke up and checked Facebook like I always do. My sister’s status update made me laugh: “So, we watched Rudolph tonight and it was harsh! Santa made fun of Rudolph, and yelled at Rudolph’s dad for hiding the fact that he was a freak. Rudolph’s dad told his mom to stay home [...]

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I’m posting this late today. My kids slept until 9:10 a.m. We were woken up by my friend Lori. Every year she wakes up at 3:30 a.m. to go brave the Black Friday sales. I texted her last night, asking if she could pick up something from Kohl’s for me. A Barbie cruise ship that [...]

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I got a press release from the American Family Council yesterday. It called for a boycott of all Gap-owned stores because The Gap refuses to use the word “Christmas” in its holiday advertising including in-store displays. The boycott is running from November 1 through Christmas day. I have a problem with this on so many [...]

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