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What Does Thanksgiving Mean to You?

When I was a child Thanksgiving was an “over the river and through the woods, to Grandmother’s house we go” day.  There was no sleigh, but our family loaded up the car early on Thanksgiving morning to drive to my grandma’s house.  We usually got there in time to see the end of the Macy’s [&hellip

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The Enduring Success of The Kingston Trio

Today in 1958 marked a turning point in popular music when The Kingston Trio’s song Tom Dooley hit #1 on the pop music charts.  It is unknown who wrote the 100 year old Appalachian folk song about Tom Dula who was hanged on May 1st, 1868, for the murder of his fiancée, Laura Foster; but, [&hellip

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The Healing Nature of Art

I’ve always been an art admirer and enjoyed learning about different kinds of art and artists, as well as, going to museums.  My experiences with art have given me the opportunity to see the world in new ways and to appreciate how the artist captured the beauty of ordinary places and objects.  Art has also [&hellip

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Flu Season

Tips for Staying Healthy during Cold & Flu Season

As we move deeper into fall, temperatures drop and days grow shorter, we inevitably spend more time inside and in close quarters with others.  This increases our exposure to germs and the risk of getting sick.  I thought this was a perfect time to share some tips for staying healthy during cold and flu season.  [&hellip

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The Origin of Jack O’ Lanterns

As we carved a Jack O’ Lantern at our house this year, I started thinking about the history of this tradition.  I had some vague memory about why people started carving pumpkins, but the details were fuzzy so I decided to revisit the story behind this ritual.  From what I read it seems the custom, as [&hellip

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