When Good Hobbies Go Bad, by Deb Eve

I’ve never been one of those committed hobbyists. What I mean is that, aside from writing (which once was a lifelong hobby and now is a job), I don’t tend to have much stick-to-it-ness when it comes to hobbies. Which may actually be a good thing because looking back at my hobby history, one might notice that my hobbies tend to get out of hand. And so while I may…

Friday, January 30, 2009

My Holiday Gift Giving Traditions by Deb Meredith

In my family, expensive gifts were always frowned upon. The holidays were not about how much you spent but how much you cared. So a gift made with your hands was highly prized. It showed not only talent and time spent on someone else, but also thrift. My family is very fond of lists. Every birthday or Christmas you were encouraged to write a wish list of things you needed…

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Help me out here, Santa, by Deb Katie

(Don’t forget to enter our fabulous holiday contest!) When it comes to gift-giving cluelessness, I rank right up there with the dazed husbands in 1950s comic strips. I am incapable of selecting an appropriate gift and even buying it (much less getting it in the hands of the receiver) before the applicable holiday/birthday/ life event. This isn’t anything new. My innately ungracious temperament made itself known in second grade, when,…

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

A Christmas Pwning by Deb Jess

I’m thumbing through my mental filing cabinets, trying to remember the holiday traditions my family is supposed to have. But see, the problem is this: our traditions are kind of flickering, waffling a little, not quite sure if they want to stay or go. Get every family member a gift, or just pick names? Open gifts on Christmas Eve, or Christmas morning? Christmas brunch or Christmas dinner? Midnight mass or…

Friday, December 28, 2007