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As I was cleaning out my e-mail I came across a forwarded note entitled “Merry Christmas.” Apparently the author was quite angry that people were choosing to say “Seasons’ Greetings” or “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.” Although there are many interesting elements to this...

Recently I had a woman in my office anxiously talking about the holiday season.  What if her friends notice she isn’t giving gifts this year, and guess that she is in financial trouble?  What if her mother-in-law realizes her pie crust is store bought?  What...

Some of us plan for the future. We save for retirement, prepare for the job interview and get our annual physical. Others of us are more spontaneous. We face what's in front of us, and leave the rest for tomorrow. One morning as a hospice volunteer...

Whether your holiday was a joyous occasion full of lively festive traditions, a quiet, meditative interlude at home, or a poignant time filled with memories of celebrations past, the season has come and gone. Family and friends returned home, the cards slowed to a trickle,...