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Give a Gift to Your Relationship

My early morning jog seemed colder than normal. I felt chilled to the bone, so I stayed in the hot shower a bit longer than usual.  I had almost exhausted the hot water supply when I finally turned off the taps. Through the curtains my husband handed me a towel.  As I wrapped the fresh white towel around my shivering shoulders, deep warmth wrapped... >Full Story

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Great Expectations for Christmas

Christmas is loaded with expectations, isn't it? Christmas shopping, decorating and entertaining. Typically we knock ourselves out trying to make it the "perfect" Christmas. And year after year we end up with the same empty feeling, like Christmas wasn't as personally fulfilling as we'd hoped. Why is that? Let's look at a few of our expectations. ...... >Read More



Gift-Giving Strategies for Growing Families

Every year, with weddings and new babies, our family seems to grow by at least one. Now, with in-laws, nieces and nephews, my Christmas list has swelled to 18 "immediate" family members. Since we live hundreds of miles away from one another, not only does exchanging gifts mean shopping and wrapping, but also mailing all the parcels. Kinda makes... >Read More



Expectations of the Season

What does the Christmas season promise you this year? We all have an expectation even if we rarely pull it out to look at it. For some it’s the expectation of a credit card bill that takes too long to pay. Others dream of just the perfect gift to buy. Some dread to go shopping. Some delight in family visits that are all... >Read More



2009's Top Grossing Holiday Movies

The holiday season is a popular time for big-budget blockbuster movie releases. Here are the top movies from holiday week 2009: #1)  Avatar ($75 million) #2)  Sherlock Holmes ($65.4 million) #3)  Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel ($50.2 million) #4)  It's Complicated ($22.1 million) #5)  Up in the Air ($11.8 million) (Source: MTV...... >Read More



Gifts: 4 Ways to Skip the Mall

You could say that I am the complete opposite of the Grinch. I LOVE Christmas! "The whole Christmas season”.   If it were up to me Christmas lights would go up in October, the baking would begin as soon as cooler weather hit and everything would get a coat of glitter.  There is only one thing I do not... >Read More



Lost Arts

In many ways, entering Annie Armstrong’s living room puts one in mind of a house in another age. Though there is ample evidence of the modern world, the room is brimming with decorative and handmade items. The cozy room’s walls form a gallery - testament to Annie’s legendary skill with a needle. The promise of something delicious floats on...... >Read More



Marvelous Love

On a cold Christmas Eve in 1952, when Korea was in the throes of civil war, one young woman struggled along a village street, obviously soon to deliver a child. She pleaded with passersby, "Help me! Please. My baby." No one paid any attention to her. A middle-aged couple walked by. The wife pushed away the young mother and sneered, "Where's...... >Read More


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