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Holidays

Holidays like Christmas, Grandparents Day, Halloween and New Years offer opportunities to spend time with the people we care about most. In this section, we will discuss holiday ideas to bring you closer to your friends and family.

5 Fool-Proof Tips for Surviving the Holidays
11 months ago

5 Fool-Proof Tips for Surviving the Holidays

By  •  Lifestyle

Aaahh, the smell of roasting turkey. Sounds of jingle bells and children’s red-cheeked laughter. Visions of shiny wrapping paper and sparkly trees and glowing menorahs. Joy and connection. The happiest time of the year.

Except when it isn’t. Read More

Dealing with Christmas Stress in My Own Special Way
11 months ago

Dealing with Christmas Stress in My Own Special Way

If Christmas is supposed to be the happiest time of the year, why are we all so stressed, anxious and miserable? Why does so much unpleasant stuff come up during the Christmas holidays? Have you ever noticed how many deaths occur in December? How many people get sick? How many people are divorcing? Fighting? Separating? Angry? Pissed off? Read More

Let’s Celebrate Our Timeless Family Traditions. They Matter!
11 months ago

Let’s Celebrate Our Timeless Family Traditions. They Matter!

By  •  Family

The kitchen is often known as the heart of the home, and it has always been my favorite place during the holiday season. The hustle and bustle start shortly after Halloween as the grocery lists get started, and the famous family recipes emerge from their recipe boxes. Read More

The Best Gift Ever: The Surprisingly Inexpensive, Yet Priceless Christmas Present
11 months ago

The Best Gift Ever: The Surprisingly Inexpensive, Yet Priceless Christmas Present

By  •  Mindset

Jill was in the kitchen, right in the middle of making cookies. I’d been at their house for about a week, which is typical around Christmas, when I spend my annual two weeks at their home in Eastern Washington. Read More

The Surprising Truth About Celebrating Christmas Down Under
11 months ago

The Surprising Truth About Celebrating Christmas Down Under

By  •  Lifestyle

Christmas is white and pristine everywhere, isn’t it? Not so Down Under! For the Aussies’, Christmas is about hot sunny days, icy drinks, a cold, Christmas smorgasbord-style lunch shared with family and friends. Read More

The Empty Chair: The One Essential Way for the Bereaved to Cope Better with That First Christmas
11 months ago

The Empty Chair: The One Essential Way for the Bereaved to Cope Better with That First Christmas

You imagine ahead to your traditional dinner: you know what you will be eating, you know who you will be celebrating with, you know where you will be – but suddenly your heart drops. This year there will be an empty chair round that table. Read More

Don’t Make New Year’s Resolutions: Mature Women Enjoy This Alternative
11 months ago

Don’t Make New Year’s Resolutions: Mature Women Enjoy This Alternative

The year 2019 is almost here. You might be thinking about a New Year’s resolution, a way to make your life better. If you’ve done this before, you probably focused on some self-improvement goal. Read More

A Legacy of Values Is a Great Holiday Gift for Grandkids
11 months ago

A Legacy of Values Is a Great Holiday Gift for Grandkids

As our age of wisdom approaches with entering our fifth decade of life, many of us realize we want to share our values and hard-earned lessons with younger family members. We want to guide them toward valuable choices. After all, they don’t have to learn everything the hard way. Read More

Happiness with Less: How to Achieve It Through the Holidays and into the New Year 
11 months ago

Happiness with Less: How to Achieve It Through the Holidays and into the New Year 

By  •  Lifestyle

One by one I picked up the memories wrapped in each ornament and hung them on the tree. Pictures materialized in my mind of a beloved’s head bent while creating these ornaments in his shop, little fingers gingerly gluing a star on a felt Christmas tree, a friend’s offering of a token of nature, a sister’s foreboding of a life passing. These are my company in the dark days of December. Read More

The Best Christmas Gift of All: Do You Enjoy Life or Do You Consider Yourself Too Old to Even Try?
11 months ago

The Best Christmas Gift of All: Do You Enjoy Life or Do You Consider Yourself Too Old to Even Try?

By  •  Mindset

Early this morning, I got up to do my exercises and mediation before heading to the airport for my annual Christmas visit at my best friend’s family’s house in Spokane, WA. Before I put the last bits and pieces in my luggage for the long drive to the airport, I checked my inbox. Read More