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Month: December 2009

Happy Holidays from Jessica Barksdale Inclan

Happy Holidays from Jessica Barksdale Inclan

Now is the time to look back on how we were and the changes life has “gifted” us. Here’s one author’s insight. ************ Time Warp Holiday Party When I was little, I believed that adults did very certain things depending on their gender, not that I knew what gender meant at the time. Women–my mother–stayed at home and kept it clean. Sometimes, moms went out to work, but work outside the home was rare, sporadic, and not central to the…

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Happy Holidays from Emily Winslow and Melanie Benjamin

Happy Holidays from Emily Winslow and Melanie Benjamin

It’s still the season for a wonderful holiday, complete with romance and delicious treats. Today’s authors share their experiences. *********** Emily’s Wonderful Life and Kiss Who doesn’t love “It’s a Wonderful Life”? Okay, I grant it has some problems. For example, I don’t believe for one minute that Donna Reed’s character would have remained unmarried had George Baliey not existed. No way. I do agree that the town would have been different. The lives of people helped to buy homes…

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Happy Holidays from Jenny Gardiner and Joëlle Anthony

Happy Holidays from Jenny Gardiner and Joëlle Anthony

‘Tis the season to celebrate joy and these two authors have found their own way. *********** A Christmas Story I have been a sucker for Christmas movies ever since I was a small child, and have always been partial to the predecessor to White Christmas, Holiday Inn. It’s so charming and old-fashioned, and is a classical screwball comedy of the 40’s. But…my English/Latin teacher always read aloud to my Latin class the week before Christmas from Jean Shepherd’s wonderful memoir,…

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Happy Holidays from Trish Ryan, Katie Alender, and Allison Winn Scotch

Happy Holidays from Trish Ryan, Katie Alender, and Allison Winn Scotch

‘Tis the week of the season when one might wonder what day it is. Well relax, settle back, and enjoy what these authors share. ‘Tis the season… *********** Trish’s Favorite Christmas Gift My favorite Christmas gift came from my sister Meg. It was nine or ten years ago. We were both adults, entering those transitional years when husbands and children were being added to holiday celebrations. Part of me (as the sister not bringing new members into our family) longed…

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Happy Holidays from Maud Carol Markson

Happy Holidays from Maud Carol Markson

Merry Christmas! Here’s an author’s very personal experience that is actually universal — celebrating the holiday of your own for the first time away from home. *********** Christmas in California When I moved out to California fifteen years ago, I did not go home for Christmas. Instead of cold and snow and a gray day that pressed up against an early dark night, my Christmas was suddenly filled with sunlight, and the deep blue skies that exist in the winter…

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Happy Holidays from Meredith Cole, Therese Walsh, and Judy Merrill Larsen

Happy Holidays from Meredith Cole, Therese Walsh, and Judy Merrill Larsen

‘Tis Christmas Eve… *********** Giving Joy for Christmas My parents are college professors and were never very religious. But they had grown up going to church, and Christmas and all its trappings seemed normal to them. Despite the fact that we lived in the country and didn’t belong to a church, every December my family went out caroling. We learned to sing carols from old Unitarian hymnals we had on the bookshelf, and even now I sing “good will to…

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Happy Holidays from Greg Logsted, Tish Cohen, and Sarah Pekkanen

Happy Holidays from Greg Logsted, Tish Cohen, and Sarah Pekkanen

The best part of the season is the time spent at home creating memories…it’s what these authors share. *********** Greg’s Family Christmas Tree This is actually very embarrassing for me to admit but in the nature of the season and full disclosure I’ll come clean and reveal a bit about growing up in a completely dysfunctional family and one of the incredibly odd Christmas traditions we used to follow. 
One cold night before Christmas, it could be a few days…

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Happy Holidays from CJ Lyons, Holly LeCraw, Kristina Riggle, and Eve Brown-Waite

Happy Holidays from CJ Lyons, Holly LeCraw, Kristina Riggle, and Eve Brown-Waite

‘Tis the season for rejoicing in memorable music, books and movies as well as sharing with others in need, and that’s what our authors offer today. *********** CJ’s Favorite Holiday Entertainment I know many people will say It’s a Wonderful Life and I too, love that one. But my two favorite movies that I never miss over the holidays are The Bishop’s Wife (the original with Cary Grant and Loretta Young) and Scrooge! with Albert Finney. I love Scrooge! because…

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Happy Holidays from Meg Clayton, Ad Hudler, Melanie Benjamin, and Tish Cohen

Happy Holidays from Meg Clayton, Ad Hudler, Melanie Benjamin, and Tish Cohen

‘Tis the season to be jolly or — more appropriate — to be joyful despite all the busyness. Today our authors offer a special recipe, wishlists, and a best gift given. *********** Meg Shares Page’s Post-It Turkey Dressing Growing up, I was never a big fan of dressing, or gravy or anything, really, but the holiday turkey and the pies. For my oldest son’s first Thanksgiving, though, we trekked to Nashville to have Thanksgiving with my mom-in-law, and I tasted…

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Happy Holidays from Mia King and Eileen Cook

Happy Holidays from Mia King and Eileen Cook

‘Tis the season for delicious treats and love, both of which are shared by these authors’ Happy Holidays. *********** Mia Tempts the Chocolate Lovers Here’s my holiday recipe – perfect for a cookie exchange, late night snack in front of a crackling fire, or to accompany eggnog or a hot cup of cocoa as you curl up with your favorite novel … Chocolate Cherry Crackle Cookies From: GOOD THINGS (Berkley Books, February 2007) One of Deidre’s confections that won the…

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