Category Archives: Celebrations

Halloween Redux

I love Halloween. But since 1999 when we first moved into this house we’ve felt, well, let’s just say, “Halloween Challenged.” Because our neighborhood has no sidewalks and our house has about a 150 foot walk up to our front door, NO ONE wants to bother to make the trek – not even our own…

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Thanksgiving? Already?

Once it’s August and all manner of Halloween paraphernalia start appearing in store windows, I go one month farther and start to obsess about Thanksgiving.  Because travel arrangements have to be made, a location for the annual eat-fest has to be decided in a timely manner. Our families usually alternate in assuming hosting responsibilities.  Last…

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Overcoming Obstacles

This year my 64th birthday fell on Father’s Day – a double celebration that happens every few years. So what did we do? What we always do: ensure that the double celebration equals double the work. We invited the kids and grandkids over for a barbecue! Obstacle #1: Did we even have a barbecue grill?…

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Chocolate and the Explorer

Whenever my mom would talk about my childhood, she would refer to me as “the wild one.” She would describe how she had to run after me all the time in order to keep me out of trouble. Despite her best efforts I remember two incidents that occurred when I was somewhere between 2 and…

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Mother’s Day 101

Today, in honor of Mother’s Day, I did a bit of research on its origin and meaning. Here is what I found out: Mother’s Day was set aside for the appreciation of mothers, motherhood, and maternal bonds in general, but neither the history of Mother’s Day (which had its roots in a woman’s peace movement…

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Whose Mother’s Day Is It?

I don’t look forward to Mother’s Day the way I used to because I now feel it presents a few dilemmas –  not the least of which is the dilemma of the greeting card.  Here are my Mother’s Day greeting card questions and comments – feel free to join in: 1. Should we send my…

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The Birthday Parties

Two parties within a week of each other make for a very nervous granny-nanny.

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