Happy New Year

Olive and I wish everyone a happy new year!             So I kicked off the birthday list by making cream cheese mints. As I mentioned in a previous post, Grandma Peg would mass-produce mints and my family would give out boxes of them at the holidays. I don’t have her […]


I’ll be starting off the New Year with a bang. Multiple bangs, actually. …Bangs as in fringe across my forehead. Carried away in the spirit of wanting to start off the New Year with a change, I told my hair stylist to give me bangs yesterday. It doesn’t seem like a big deal, and it […]

Unexpected Gifts

  I’m feeling frazzled by the holidays. I feel as if I’ve been shopping and making cards and shopping and making lists and wrapping gifts for months. I’ve been at it for maybe two weeks. I experienced a bright spot amid the frazzle a few days ago, when a gift for my mom and brother […]

Giving Tuesday

  Are your credit cards smoking after a busy Black Friday and Cyber Monday? There’s one day left: Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday. The great thing about Giving Tuesday is that you don’t have to spend money if you’re all tapped out. You can also give the gift of time. Two of my favorite holiday traditions […]

Day of Listening

I prefer to think of the day after Thanksgiving not as a day of manic consumerism, but a Day of Listening. StoryCorps proclaimed the day after Thanksgiving to be a national day of listening a few years ago. I think it’s a great idea. I celebrated Thanksgiving early because flights were much cheaper the week […]