Our Halloween Trick: Coins Instead Of Candy

By Sunday, October 28, 2012 5 0

I think it's great for kids to adopt creative, alternative identities one autumn night of each year, and come to our house cheerfully begging for treats. I simply think Halloween needs alternative treats to go with the children's alternative identities. Quarters are where we land. It would be dimes if we had hundreds of children in our neighborhood (more…)

How To Celebrate Columbus Day In Three Minutes

By Sunday, October 7, 2012 4 0

Tomorrow is Columbus Day, in honor of that explorer's 1492 landing on the shore of what is now the Bahamas. We all studied history in high school -- but did those textbooks have the benefit of recent research on North, Central and South American history?  Celebrate Columbus Day by taking this short true-false quiz on the Americas that Columbus found more than five ...

Christmas Wreaths And Slowing Down

By Tuesday, December 14, 2010 0 0

Are you feeling at all hectic or pressured as Christmas approaches? As if the holiday season is so fast-paced and demanding you'd maybe rather skip all this? Let me tell you the story behind Christmas wreaths, the kind I have on my front door. It's actually the only Christmas decoration we have. (And I don't ...

The Happiest Thanksgiving & The Very Best Diet

By Thursday, November 25, 2010 1 0

Happy Thanksgiving! New disclosure: I am married to a foodie. Thor will spend much of today making something he's never made before, a vegan macaroni and cheese dish, that we'll bring to my sister-in-law's house this afternoon. Food is Thor's creative outlet, his art form, and I believe in supporting a person's art. I also ...

Halloween, Day of the Dead & Aliveness

By Sunday, October 31, 2010 0 0

I'm writing on Halloween night, and at 8:30 p.m. on our quiet dead-end street we've gotten exactly one trick-or-treater. He was a tiny boy in a skeleton costume, with two parents hovering lovingly out on the sidewalk. He thanked us profusely for the three quarters we dropped into his sack (money being a better investment ...

Memorial Day: Taking Ownership Of Our Wars

By Monday, May 31, 2010 0 0

Happy Memorial Day.  I recently had a conversation with a new friend, Cynthia, who had grown up in a military family. (I met her  in the  excellent week-long Nia dance intensive I just completed). Cynthia and I agreed that as painful as the Vietnam War was for all concerned, the fact that it involved a ...