D.I.Y. Holiday? The Time to Start is…NOW!

Yes, yes, it’s two weeks before Thanksgiving, and for many of us it’s too early to think of the holidays. But for those who are among the ranks of making gifts for loved ones, the time to start is…NOW!  Check out these do-it-yourself books to help you make that special gift that will be cherished forever. Continue reading “D.I.Y. Holiday? The Time to Start is…NOW!”

Finding ways to honor losses at the holidays

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Angel of Grief monument in the Hill family plot, Glenwood Cemetery in Houston. Photo by Michael Schaffner.

by Ann G.

The winter holidays are a time of cheer and cozy family times—for many of us, but not all.   More than we realize, many people feel past losses more acutely at this time of year, and even changes from the usual rituals can bring sadness.   Beyond knowing that a bittersweet feeling at holiday times (and anniversaries) is normal, there are resources to turn to for help, and for ideas that will help us cope. Continue reading “Finding ways to honor losses at the holidays”

Movie Mondays: Holiday Edition from “The Spoiler”

By now, most everyone knows of both a traditional approach and perhaps a more cynical view of the holidays. Here are a few alternatives to the usual classics that may still brighten your days and lift your spirits, if you are so inclined.

The Capra classic It’s a Wonderful Life emphasizes the power of redemption and celebration in troubled times. Jacques Demy’s through-composed musical from the 60s, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg veers away from a traditional musical in a number of ways, yet still retains beautiful colors, composition, plaintive melodies and plenty of romance. Why is this a holiday pick? The snow falls at the end…and if there’s a dry eye by the last note, you’re truly a Grinch.   Continue reading “Movie Mondays: Holiday Edition from “The Spoiler””

Romantic Wednesdays: Holiday Romances

It’s that time again. What time is that, I hear you asking? In this early December, when the spirit of holiday shopping is everywhere, it’s the perfect time to celebrate the season with the gift of a perfect Holiday Romance.

Here are just a few to start off the season, but there will be more. Let’s celebrate the season with a whole lot of love.

christmas he loved her by juliana stoneThe Christmas He Loved Her by Juliana Stone is a Christmas love story that definitely pulls at the heartstrings. It’s a small town romance, and a second chance at love story wrapped up with a bright shiny Christmas ribbon. There’s also more than a bit of a “forbidden romance” thrown in to make it extra spicy. But because it’s the Christmas season, there’s going to be a happy ever after once the sadness is done.

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Science Fiction Fridays: Alternate holidays

I am a proud Grinch. I don’t enjoy anything about the holidays; not the lights, not the food, not the music and definitely not the cold weather. However, one thing I do love is a heartwarming science fiction tale, and it seems like even the most dour author can turn out a warm and fuzzy when it arrives around this time of year. So while I only enjoy the holidays because it means new stories from some of my favorite authors, you may find these suggestions will only add another bit of cheer to your celebrations.  Here are some science fiction choices that will make your Christmas out of this world! Sorry about the awful pun. Continue reading “Science Fiction Fridays: Alternate holidays”