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Saturday, December 28, 2013

One day when I was a kid I was riding my bike in the neighborhood. I tried to fit between two cars and the end of one of my handlebars gouged one, a new black station wagon. I saw it, gulped, and left. I didn't say anything about it to anyone. But, the owner of the car had seen me do it.

He called my parents, and I was summoned to the kitchen table. My father was upset about the damage, but I think he was more upset about my deception. I was clutched by an upper arm and marched across the street, where I was made to apologize. I was grounded.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

If topics of race, religion and crime provide news media with top stories in a typical year, then 2013 was a typical year.

Racial issues continued to dominate national headlines.

TV cooking celebrity Paula Deen appeared to lose some of her Southern charm when the public became aware she condoned racially charged language in the workplace.

The Food Network dropped her like a hot potato.

Race also reared its head in the murder of young Trayvon Martin and the subsequent trial of vigilante George Zimmerman.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Decades ago, I loved to watch the TV show, "Mission Impossible."

On occasion, I still use the opening line: "Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is (fill in the blank.)

OK, in this, the start of a new year, I'm doing it again. I'm giving you a mission.

Yes, you.

If you choose to accept it, you can change the world, one small corner at a time.

I need you.

Your friends and family need you.

Your community needs you.

Your country needs you.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

By now the holiday season is in full swing and many of us are visiting friends and relatives, shopping, dining out and other similar activities.This season is also one of generosity and benevolence as people are more inclined to want to help their fellow brothers and sisters who may need support.That being said, it is also the time for scam artists and con men to attempt to line their pockets with other's money. Don't be a victim and just keep these simple tips in mind as you enjoy the holidays.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

The leftovers are in the fridge and I couldn't be happier to be able to take them to work for lunch.

After all, I have been told I do a mean ham for dinner.

The gifts have been unwrapped and the wrapping paper has been all cleaned up.

Well, except for the few scraps that I just noticed underneath the sofa.

I should probably go and pick those up but part of me wants to leave them there as a reminder of the wonderful time spent with my family Christmas Day.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

'Tis the season for gifts. We spend our time and money to buy gifts for the people we love and spend hours wrapping them in pretty paper and bows. "What did you get me for Christmas, Aunt Linda?" quizzed nephew Zach on Sunday. "I've been a very good boy."

"All you're getting from me this year is a lump of coal," I teased him.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

My daughter used a strange word to describe Christmas decorations in Florida.

"It's almost obscene to see Christmas decorations in this heat," she says.

"It's like trying to celebrate Christmas in the summer."

While the rest of the country flocks to Florida at this time of year because of our balmy weather, my daughter insists it can't be Christmas when it feels like a heat wave here.

She thinks it's not Christmas without snow – or at least cold weather.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

As a little girl, I couldn't wait for Christmas. Rewind back to 1956 ...

I love Christmas. The magical lights, the secrets, the music, cookies and presents! It's the most wonderful time of the year.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the neighborhood because they strung up the lights that go across the street so I know Santa Claus is coming to town soon. This year all I want for Christmas is my two front teeth because it's hard to eat Christmas cookies without them.

Well, maybe I want a Betsy Wetsy dolly and an Uncle Wiggley game, too.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

In a few short days, Christmas arrives and it is really hard to believe it has come so soon. If it seems faster than normal, it is because this is one of those years in which Thanksgiving was as late as it could be making the Christmas season a short 26 days from the turkey feast day.

For those who have to make the time to go shopping for Christmas, the lack of extra time does make it difficult to fit everything in sometimes. When I was in college many years ago, my brother Jeff and I would shop together. It was our tradition all those years ago to shop on Black Friday.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Receiving Christmas cards and letters is one of the most favorite parts of the holiday season in our family.

I look forward to checking our mail every day to see if any cards arrived. I will open them right away, read and place them in our card basket near the tree. On Christmas Eve after all the hustle and bustle of our family dinner is finished and everyone is gone and the house is quiet with just my husband and I, I get a glass of wine, sit down to relax and reread all our cards and Christmas letters. It is my time to reflect on family and friends near and far.