Looking back on my New Year’s resolutions

It’s the last day of the year, so I’m assessing my 2016 New Year’s resolutions. How did I fare on my twelve (yes, twelve) resolutions for this year? See my article “12 Resolutions Everyone Can Make” for a good laugh (and not bad advice)....

Handling disappointment at Christmas

Are you ever disappointed at Christmas? I don’t mean by what you unwrap (you can return just about anything). I mean are you ever disappointed with the Christmas experience? Have you hoped to connect emotionally with someone in your family, only to feel...

5 things you don’t want for Christmas

I am currently waging an all-out campaign against the indefatigable and terrible kingdom of the louse. I apparently have hugged one too many young moms, and the armies of lice that pervade elementary schools have launched an insidious assault against my family. So...

Handling joy and grief at the holidays

Christmas is memories. I almost lost it today trying to choose a picture of my mom and me together, so I could make a new Christmas ornament. I found the last “good” picture of us together, from April of this year, about 3 months before she died. All the...

10 things I love about Christmas

  Who doesn’t love Christmas? There are so many reasons why I do. These are just 10 of the reasons I do, in approximate order: Decorating the Christmas tree–so many memories there: my childhood, my mother, my kids’ pictures, ornaments from all our...

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