What is your intention for handling the January trend to make resolutions? Have you ever given up, felt guilty and given yourself 10 nasty thought lashes about making resolutions and not keeping them? I have! You might have vowed to lose weight, eat healthy, exercise more or act more confidently. [Read more…]
How about downsizing this Christmas? For some people, this upcoming season is filled with oughts, shoulds, musts, and have to’s. After gift shopping, wrapping, card writing, holiday baking, home decorating – inside and outside, bringing home the tree, party hosting and preparation of the turkey feast, many folks are financially, physically and mentally depleted. Indeed, in North America reports of depression increase 15% around and after Christmas. So much for keeping calm to merry on!
The Beginning of Mother’s Day
Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia began the campaign that brought about the official observance of Mother’s Day. Her mother died, and Anna wanted all mothers to be remembered. She asked that white carnations be the official mother’s day symbol. In 1914, US President Woodrow Wilson signed the order that made Mother’s Day a national holiday.
Whether you call it the ‘Holidays’ (like my Jewish friends, Ken and Natashia) or ‘Christmas’ or something else, it is a special time of year. There is the hustle and bustle of the season, the gifts and the dining table laden with festive food. What better time to gather with friends or family to watch some classic Christmas movies.
Several years ago I stopped making batches of Christmas cookies. Some were pretty. Some were messy. All were sweet. Then I discovered the simple recipe below (also pictured above). The first year I made these easy fridge cookies they outscored other holiday cookies. Our children begged for their own roll. Now my grandchildren line up for their fair share. [Read more…]