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Time For New Beginnings

Posted by mcm0704 on December 31, 2009 |

Now is the time to throw out the old and ring in the new. The natural response to the beginning of a New Year is usually optimistic and goal-centered. This is when we do some personal housecleaning, getting excited about resolutions that will make us better parents, better employees, better people, and maybe even thin […]

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Post Holiday Blues

Posted by mcm0704 on December 29, 2009 |

Apparently a lot of people are in a bit of a funk following the hustle and bustle of Christmas. At least that is what a number of pundits are saying. I wasn’t feeling particularly blue until I read some recent columns where all the reasons why I should be were pointed out to me. The […]

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After the Fun

Posted by mcm0704 on December 27, 2009 |

In keeping with the Holiday season, here is another excerpt from A Dead Tomato Plant and a Paycheck. Enjoy….. The day after Christmas was usually one of the best and one of the worst days of the year for our family. If that doesn’t make sense to you, don’t worry, I’m not sure it does […]

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Holiday Wishes

Posted by mcm0704 on December 24, 2009 |

At this time of celebrating winter Holidays, I want to wish everyone the happiest of times with family and friends, and all the best for the New Year. I celebrate Christmas, and our cat, John, has decided he wants to be a Christmas present. Either that, or he is waiting to see what Santa is […]

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Give the Gift of Generosity

Posted by mcm0704 on December 22, 2009 |

Several of my writer friends have shared special holiday essays with me, and here is another one from a regular contributor to WinnsboroToday.com Imelda Tatsch is the Program Director at the Northeast Texas Child Advocacy Center (NETCAC) located in Winnsboro, and her “Caring For Kids” columns also appear in their bi-monthly newsletter. In “Caring for […]

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More Holiday Traditions from Mexico

Posted by mcm0704 on December 21, 2009 |

The piece I wrote for Sandra Sookoo’s blog the other day prompted some readers to share some of their holiday traditions. My friend, Helen Burlingham, has graciously given me permission to post some of her memories of holiday traditions in Mexico. Enjoy…. One of the Christmas customs in Mexico, which I think originated in Spain […]

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More Holiday Traditions

Posted by mcm0704 on December 19, 2009 |

The piece I wrote for Sandra Sookoo’s blog the other day prompted some readers to share some of their holiday traditions. One lady, Helen Burlingham, a good friend and fellow writer graciously allowed me to share some of her remembrances here. Enjoy…. Maryann– I, too, remember different ways to celebrate. Though I was born in […]

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Blogging at Friend’s Blog

Posted by mcm0704 on December 18, 2009 |

Today I have a post up on Sandra Sookoo’s blog Believing is Seeing. She is running a special series leading up to Christmas featuring different authors with different stories about the Holidays. At the blog today I wrote about Christmas traditions and how different they are in different parts of the country. When I moved […]

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What is this World Coming To?

Posted by mcm0704 on December 15, 2009 |

I was going to try to focus on fun topics for the next week or so leading up to the holidays, but recent news items are just begging for a rant. Actually not a rant, just an expression of dismay and perhaps a discussion about the absurdities of human nature, which is one of the […]

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Christmas Shopping

Posted by mcm0704 on December 14, 2009 |

Here are rules for shopping from my friend, Tracy. Enjoy….. The Five Christmas shopping ‘Rules of Engagement’ Christmas is creeping up on us again, and that means it’s time to brave the wild indoor shopping centers and outlet malls with the hope of getting some serious Christmas shopping done without being crushed to death in […]

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