An Unforeseen Encounter Santa Claus looking in shop window by Steve Henderson

Exhausted By Christmas

“Why do stores put up Christmas stuff the day after Halloween?” People ask this all the time, but the answer is eminently practical:   Because Christmas sells, big. That two-month window between All Saint’s Day and New Year’s is a precious one for retailers and businesses seeking to capitalize on a season in which people…
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Mt Nebo Range utah road in snowy hills and clouds overhead by Steve Henderson

Follow Your Dream — Wisely

There are so many lies to combat in our society, it’s easy to start sounding grumpy about it all. I mean, who could possibly have a bone to pick with Dori, the winsome little fish in Finding Nemo? Charmingly ditzy, likably clueless, the perky blue fish sings, “Just keep swimming! Just keep swimming!” as a…
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Seaside Story mother and child on ocean beach reading by Steve Henderson

Parenting Experts: By Any Chance Are These . . . Parents?

One of the first things I learned as a new parent 28 years ago, was that according to the multifarious experts in child rearing, I was unqualified for the job. My first lesson came from the 23-year-old childless county health nurse who provided stunningly ludicrous advice on breastfeeding, confirmed by the 65-year-old male pediatrician, resulting…
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Gathering Thoughts young woman with red hair in white dress on ocean beach by Steve Henderson

Sometime Before We Die, Let’s Get Off The Phone

Before Michael Caine classed it up in Interstellar, the 2014 revisit of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night was a poem that English majors read. The most recognizable work by Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, the work was (it is said) inspired by Thomas’s dying father. It urged him to…
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Autumn Memories rural country house in autumn by Steve Henderson

Interior Decorating: What’s Right For Your Home?

We are a fad-addicted society. If we’re not buying Cabbage Patch Dolls, pet rocks, smaller and smaller phones, or larger ones, we’re obsessing about our homes: are they Traditional style? or Provincial French? Shabby Chic? Modern? Retro? Coastal-themed? Urban? How about Eclectic? While this last category seems it should take the pressure off of following…
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