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Happy Fourth of July!

Remember why we celebrate this holiday—and be sure to eat some ice cream! Here’s a gift–part of a poem–by Nikki Giovanni. One of the reasons I like this poem is that we always ate homemade ice cream on the Fourth of July when I was a child. Usually it was peach ice cream. Joy I […]

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Crimes against guacamole

New Mexico is serious about its guacamole. A leaflet I read at Tomasita’s restaurant in Santa Fe listed these crimes against guacamole. In 2014, Bon Appetit published a recipe for guacamole with chopped celery, claiming that “it will keep your teeth happy.” British department store, Mark and Spencer, offered brusselmole, a version of guacamole made […]

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We’re ready for more adventures

Fayteen and I ended the year with a lovely adventure—a day trip to Fort Worth. We saw a wonderful exhibit—“Monet—The Early Years” at the Kimball Art Museum—and we had a leisurely lunch at the Café Modern at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. For dessert, I ate a sweet potato pudding tart with toasted […]

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Advice from Benjamin Franklin

If you’re making new year’s resolutions—and we decided years ago that we prefer to make our resolutions in the spring, here’s some good advice from Ben Franklin. “Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors and let every year find you a better person,” Franklin once said.

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Welcome the new year

I’m looking forward to a new year, and I hope you are looking forward to 2017, too. I’ve always liked this quote by Rainer Maria Rilke: “And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.” –Joy

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The holiest of holidays

We celebrate Christmas with presents, friends and family, with song and story. We also celebrate in our memories, in silence, in our hearts. “The holiest of all holidays are those kept by ourselves in silence and apart—the secret anniversaries of the heart,” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said. I found this quote in a magazine in the […]

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Like a child

“There is nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child,” Erma Bombeck once said. We wish you childlike wonder this holiday season—and love and joy and hope in your heart.

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The best presents

“Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store.” –Dr. Seuss We wish you the best presents of Christmas—friends and family around you—and joy and hope and love inside you.

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It’s a feeling

“Christmas isn’t a season,” Edna Ferber once said. “It’s a feeling.” During this Christmas season, we wish you joy and hope and love.

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The Puritans didn’t like Christmas

In 1659, the Puritan government of the Massachusetts Bay Colony actually banned Christmas. The Congregationalists, Methodists and Quakers at various times also tried to de-emphasize or eliminate the observance of Christmas, says David Forbes in his book Christmas—A Candid History. Presbyterian minister Samuel Davies denounced the holiday as a day of “sinning, sexuality, luxury and […]

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