Monthly Archives: November 2012

Advent Calendar: The Twenty-four Gifts of Democracy

The first twenty-four days of December are Advent, the official Christmas season.  There is an old tradition of marking the days of Christmas with a special “calendar” of small gifts, pieces of candy, a set of Christmas ornaments to be … Continue reading

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Heartlander of the Week: Thinking of You

To John Calcott Horsley and Henry Cole for inventing the Christmas card.  One of my favorite Holiday traditions.  🙂  A lovely way to decorate your home at the holidays, with the personal choices and thoughts and affections of the people … Continue reading

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Christmas Truce

Hmm, . . . . well, the calendar on the wall says that it is almost Christmas time and generally, in Western History—Westerners tending toward the Christian faith—Christmas is a time of peace, truce and ceasefire as it were. Of … Continue reading

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Don’t Let the Door Hit You

Normally, I accept the standard American definition of the Christmas season as starting the day after Thanksgiving, and then try to be positive and cheery and Christmasy during that time.  However, Thanksgiving was early this year, and officially for me, … Continue reading

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Gluten-free Monday: Candied Pecans

In case you were wondering where to find a tasty snack gluten-free this holiday season, surrounded by cakes and cookies and other traditional yummy treats, do not forget the candied nuts!  Particularly, pecans. Oh, yum.  Nom, nom, nom.  Munch, munch.  … Continue reading

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Heartlander of the Week: It’s Nothing

To the Creators of Buy Nothing Day. There was a time when Thanksgiving was about food and family.  When Christmas was about joy and renewal and good times. Now it is all about shopping. Buy Nothing Day is pretty fringe.  … Continue reading

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Workplace Wednesday: Rest Up

Americans are working more hours than ever.  Please Everyone, take tomorrow off.  Eat, Chill with friends and family, rest, enjoy yourself.  Watch parades and movies.  Go for a walk.  Do anything but work.  🙂

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Gluten-free Monday: Make It Easy on Yourself

While there are tons of homemade alternatives and do it yourself options, there are a lot of commercial gluten-free products as well.  These days, there are gluten-free specialty food shops in many places with lots of pre-made gluten-free items, and … Continue reading

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Heartlander of the Week: Dry Out

To the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous, because there are other things to do with your time that lead to a happier, better life for you and everyone you care about. Bartender, that will be a Club Soda and Lime.  

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Workplace Wednesday: Let’s Just Put It Out There

So, a bit aback (it was actually last summer), some Baby Boomer Jackhat wrote an ultra-snotty interwebs piece about how crap younger workers were at interviews and that’s why we don’t have jobs.  The piece was particularly focused on entry-level … Continue reading

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