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  • The Bishop's Wife
    Daily holiday film recommendation: 'The Bishop's Wife' (1947)
    Available to rent on Amazon Instant Video“The Bishop’s Wife” is a lovely little comedy that isn’t unlike “It’s a Wonderful Life”, which was released the year before. Only in this movie, the focus is every...
  • food at Luce
    Christmas highlights for San Francisco and Oakland restaurants
    It’s almost Christmas 2014! If you’re planning to dine in San Francisco or Oakland for the occasion, here are a few restaurants to consider including ones that feature additional holiday events like special teas and brunches.A16 in San...
  • Trivia quiz about alcohol in America, just in time for holiday drinking
    Trivia quiz about alcohol in America, just in time for holiday drinking
    'Tis the season to tipple. So here's a test of trivia about alcohol in America.It will whet appetites for an exhibit, "Spirited Republic: Alcohol in American History", opening on March 6 at the National Archives, which provided...
  • Pennsylvania holiday display neighbor: Cruel neighbor terrorizes others with Santa, beheaded choir
    Pennsylvania holiday display neighbor: Terror of Fairley Road, foul decorations
    Beware, as a Pennsylvania holiday display by one cruel neighbor has other residents of Fairley Road crying foul. A man, Bill Ansell, is accused of being something of a living Grinch, mean and insensitive, with a yard that features a dead, beheaded...
  • Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
    Holiday recipe: Chewy oatmeal raisin cookies
    The soft chewy texture and hint of cinnamon make these oatmeal raisin cookies a holiday baking classic. This recipe simple, just the way oatmeal cookies should be. They're sweetened with both white and brown sugar for flavor and also to make...
  • New Year
    Holiday depression?
    Many warn of depression that some may experience during the holiday season. Some people may always tend to expect more than they receive for Christmas or perhaps a much-needed bonus from work did not pan out. Others miss family members that they...
  • Nutritional discipline is needed to avoid the dreaded holiday binge
    Stand strong: Do not be defeated by the holiday binge
    The holiday season is that wonderful time of year when everyone loves to relax and have fun. People work very hard all year long and deserve some time to forget about all of their responsibilities. Unfortunately, it is also that time of year when...
  • The Christmas Story
    Hear the Christmas message in the context of your own life
    Christians and regular churchgoers have heard the Christmas message year after year, and they know every detail of the story. After they have attended 20 or 30 or 40 years of Christmas pageants and heard hundreds of Christmas sermons and songs,...
  • Why do some people attack St. Nick?
    The truth and lies of Santa Claus
    Sometimes, being a deep thinker can be a bad thing.I often find myself over analyzing things: Cartoons have political agendas; history in docu-dramas is often exaggerated or made up; science fiction contains bad science. I cannot count how many...
  • Crossword Puzzle Day:  It’s time to play a brain game & stimulate your mind
    Crossword Puzzle Day: It’s time to play a brain game & stimulate your mind
    If the holidays have you down-and-out and just plain stressed out, no worries. It’s time to play a game! Those unwrapped presents can wait. It’s time to get out the pencil, put on your thinking cap and de-stress a little. Dec. 21 is...
  • Nutcracker Chrismas stamps
    Nutcracker collectors are part of an ancient tradition
    The practice of collecting nutcrackers in the United States began in the early 1950’s when American soldiers returned from Germany after World War II. It was there that they discovered a sturdy and intriguing companion in the nutcracker...
  • Westin
    Westin Portland Harborview offers Elf Concierge for Christmas
    The Westin Portland Harborview has a new member on its concierge staff now that its "elf on a shelf" is part of the frontline team. Its resident elf has joined the concierge team of this 1920s grande dame hotel to make the holidays...
  • Christmas lights displays at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
    Take a train ride to the North Pole
    When people think about Chattanooga, Tennessee, they often think of the catchy tune about a Choo Choo. Known for its scenic vistas and family-friendly attractions, Chattanooga is still in many ways a railroad town. The acclaimed Chattanooga Choo...
  • Quick last-minute holiday dessert recipes
    Quick last-minute holiday dessert recipes
    With the holiday fast approaching, everyone needs a dessert that can made in minutes. Whether it's that unexpected house guest, something small for your neighbor, or a special hostess gift, these desserts are sure to please. All of these...
  • Christmas tree
    What to do when you just can't get into the Christmas spirit
    You hear the Christmas music everywhere you go. You see all the Christmas decorations including the lights and the trees. Everything is beautiful, but for some reason you find yourself not walking to the beat of the same drum as those around you....