Happy Thanksgiving

9780310711629“Thanksgiving is not a religious holiday,” stated a news reporter on the TV program I had on in the background while I was eating breakfast. She wasn’t anti-religious, just clarifying that it’s not tied to a particular religion like Christmas, Hanukkah, or Easter.  The discussion was about the stores opening their doors earlier and earlier each year to capture eager Christmas shoppers. Black Friday is beginning to start on Thursday–the day we celebrate Thanksgiving in the U.S. Continue reading

Lavish Extravagance

lavishAs you prepare your shopping list in anticipation of the bargains you’ll find this Black Friday, did you see the ad for the diamond-studded Superlative Luxury T-shirt, priced at $400,000? How about a sport coat made of vicuña wool for $22,000? Would a pearl watch valued at $61,500 be a better gift than a Timex? If those items are too expensive for your budget, did you consider a Saint Laurent dress for $13,090 or a pair of Christian Louboutin peep toe pumps priced at $3,695 for your next Christmas party?

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Eating well while losing weight – even through the holidays

10068986 - close-up of human hands with forks tasting saladThe holiday season is here again in full swing. Are you looking forward to a Thanksgiving feast next week?  Enjoying good food with family and friends is a wonderful tradition.

I want to share about healthy eating, and do my level best to not dampen the holiday spirit that includes much feasting. I do not claim to be an expert on dieting, but my husband and I are in the midst of a major shift in the way we’ve been eating and are experiencing miraculous weight loss. Our research online has turned up so much surprising information about what has been putting the pounds on and what will help take them off – and keep us healthy at the same time. Continue reading

Thanksgiving: The Forgotten Holiday

We have a joke in our house. We call Thanksgiving the speed bump on the way to Christmas. That’s truly an unfortunate way of looking at a holiday that is all about giving thanks.

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‘Twas the Evening of Christmas

Twas The Evening CoverA few weeks ago, I promised to share a peek inside my newest children’s picture book, ‘Twas the Evening of Christmas, a Nativity story told in rhyme that mimics Clement C Moore’s classic tale.

Publisher’s Weekly describes Russian born Elena Selivanova’s illustrations as:

Evocative paintings featuring soft lines and gentle shifts between sunlight, moonglow, starlight, and shadow–as well as light that seems to emanate from the newborn child. Her gauzy, muted palette and shifting perspectives fully immerse readers in the unfolding events.

Here’s your peek at some of my favorite scenes, beginning with the animals in the stable: Continue reading