Thank You…

        Thank You By Penelope Folsom There isn’t a better time than the holidays to review the rules of etiquette that we learned so long ago. Interesting how much of it has fallen by the wayside. Many of the rules however, should still be respected and followed regardless of how long they’ve been around […]

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An Annapolis Landmark – The USNA Chapel

An Annapolis Landmark – The USNA Chapel By Ellen Moyer It dominates the skyline. From the Severn River, City Harbor, Ritchie Highway and King George Street, the green patina of the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel’s giant dome in Annapolis compels our attention. It hovers above us, a beacon beckoning us to find shelter, and once […]

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Dear Vicki

DEAR VICKI Guidelines for Gracious Guests Our son was transferred to Japan two years ago and we will be traveling there for the holidays. We adore our two young grandchildren and can’t get enough of them. We’re scheduled to stay for three weeks and are looking forward to this time with our family. However, much […]

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SCHERENSCHNITTE The Art of Paper cutting

  SCHERENSCHNITTE The Art of Paper cutting By Joan Amundsen Webster’s dictionary defines Scherenschnitte as the art of cutting paper into decorative designs with scissors. Paper cutting began hundreds of years ago in China, but really came into prominence in the 1800s with the German immigrants who came to this country and settled in Pennsylvania. […]

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For the Gardner in Your Life

For the Gardner in Your Life By Neil Moran              If you live with a gardener you may not know what kind of garden gift to get him or her anymore than I would know what to get a golfer. (I’d rather see a beautiful golf course than play golf.) […]

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Remembering Our Fallen Heroes

Remembering Our Fallen Heroes By E. Hovey Each year at the beginning of December two holiday traditions commemorate the lives of America’s fallen heroes. If you participate in one or both of these memorable events, you will find it worth the trip. At dusk on Saturday, Dec. 6, the graves of the more than 23,000 […]

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HOLIDAYS WITHOUT STRESS: VOLUNTARY SIMPLICITY

HOLIDAYS WITHOUT STRESS: VOLUNTARY SIMPLICITY By Dr. James David Last December my wife and I had an opportunity to visit the Czech Republic, my ancestral home. Our first impulse was, “We can’t do that! We have too many holiday traditions and obligations we must complete.” Our second thought was, “This could be a trip of […]

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Something New for Your Holiday? Five Ideas for Changing Times

Something New for Your Holiday? Five Ideas for Changing Times By Joanne R. Alloway As the holidays approach, we begin thinking about how we spend those special days with family and friends. As we get older, our situations change. Our children have moved far away. Our aging parents need us, or they, like other relatives, […]

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Making Room for Vegans at Your Holiday Table

Making Room for Vegans at Your Holiday Table By Leah Lancione Vegan? What’s a vegan? I still get that question frequently despite the fact that 7.3 million Americans consider themselves vegetarian and of those, one million are vegan (consume no animal-derived products), according to a Vegetarian Times study (www.vegetariantimes.com). The next question is then, more […]

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A Gobbler That’s in Your Heritage

A Gobbler That’s in Your Heritage By Melissa Conroy Every Thanksgiving, approximately 46 million turkeys appear on dinner tables around the US; almost that many are served at the Christmas feast. Almost all of these turkeys are one specific variety: broad-breasted white. This breed has long been favored by turkey growers for its rapid growth, […]

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Treating Your Pets Safely

Treating Your Pets Safely By Joan Amundsen In a lifestyle survey conducted by Gallup, a 44 percent sample of Americans own a dog and 29 percent own a cat. And 70 percent of Americans in the survey describe themselves as “a dog person.” Gallup found that dog owners are more likely to give gifts to […]

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Not Just More Stuff: Intangible Holiday Gift Ideas

 Not Just More Stuff:  Intangible Holiday Gift Ideas By Kater Leatherman           In light of the grim reality of our economy, intangible gifts just might be the perfect answer to spending less this holiday season. Intangible gifts are appealing because they have the staying power of experiences and memories attached to them. And since they […]

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Make a Difference

Make a Difference By Kamilah Tadlock             Volunteering during the holidays is a great way to show the community and your loved ones how much you care. Every year, there are hundreds of people in Maryland who are not able to give presents to their children on Hanukkah or cook a turkey for a Christmas […]

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Autumn is a Pumpkin World

Autumn is a Pumpkin World By Ellen Moyer October was and still is a favorite time for the Moyer Family to search for the Great Pumpkin. Unlike Linus in Charlie Brown, we didn’t sit in the Pumpkin Patch waiting for the Great Pumpkin to rise in the most sincere and free from hypocrisy patch to […]

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Autumn is a Pumpkin World

Autumn is a Pumpkin World By Ellen Moyer October was and still is a favorite time for the Moyer family to search for the Great Pumpkin. Unlike Linus in Charlie Brown, we didn’t sit in the Pumpkin Patch waiting for the Great Pumpkin to rise and deliver toys for the children. We wandered the country […]

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Green Grown the Rushes, Oh!

Green Grown the Rushes, Oh! By Melissa Conroy On March 17, the Chicago River will run green, copious amounts of corned beef will be eaten, and green beer will be happily consumed, all in celebration of Ireland’s patron St. Patrick. St. Patrick’s Day is Ireland’s national holiday, but the Irish are not the only ones […]

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Holiday Traditions Can Make the Season Bright

   Holiday Traditions Can Make the Season Bright By Leah Lancione Of all the holidays, Thanksgiving probably shares the most similarities in American homes, with a family meal involving turkey and all the trimmings. What families do before and after the repast is where divergent traditions come into play. Some folks start the morning off watching […]

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Festive Greens: The most nutritious foods you can add to your diet this season

 Festive Greens: The most nutritious foods you can add to your diet this season By Ellen Kittredge With the chill in the air, the shortening days and, of course, the turning of the calendar pages, it is undeniably fall. Fall is one of my favorite seasons, mostly because I enjoy cradling a big steaming bowl […]

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Deck the Halls with Eco-friendly Green

Deck the Halls with Eco-friendly Green By Peggy Markham               “Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, of all the trees most lovely…” One of the biggest decisions to be made for the holiday season centers on the Christmas tree, that ubiquitous symbol of joy and celebration. This year, go green!  Make an eco-friendly choice. Choose […]

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WANT TO MAKE A BATCH OF OLD-FASHIONED COOKIES?

WANT TO MAKE A BATCH OF OLD-FASHIONED COOKIES? By Lesley Younes When masses of immigrants starting coming to the US in the 19th century, whether they were seeking sheer survival or escaping religious  or political persecution, all the possessions they had were memories and perhaps a few artifacts from their homeland.  Food was a comfort […]

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