A Dog’s Love Letting Go and Grieving the Loss of Your Best Friend

I recently read, “The hardest part about losing a pet you love is not when you say goodbye, it’s the way your whole world changes without them and the emptiness left in your heart.” On May 14th, 2019, my Siberian Husky, “Spirit,” passed away in my arms and the world as I knew it was […]

Road Trip Tips: Fur-Baby Addition

The holidays are one of the busiest travel times of the year, with many families packing up for road trips both near and far to be near loved ones. With fur babies playing such an important role in a family unit, it’s no surprise that AAA and Best Western International report that more than half […]

The International Santa Claus Hall of Fame

BY SANTA CLAUS Hi, boys and girls of all ages!  It doesn’t matter how old you are; I still think of you as young people waiting for my annual visit to your home. Excitement is in the air. I’ve been very busy, like always, checking that list! It’s been a busy, busy year, and I’ve […]

Christmas Traditions: How did they Originate?

Christmas is filled with love, giving, feasting, and…symbolism! We grow up engulfed in the sights of Christmas trees, reindeer, and gingerbread men around this time, but many of us may not know how these traditions emerged. There is a story and significance behind these traditions. ’Tis the season to be enlightened! Here are the stories […]

Remembering Our Loved Ones during the Holidays

Losing a loved one is hard and tough on any day of the year. Yet, the grief is ever more evident during the holiday season. In the months of November and December, family traditions and memories always reappear. When a person who is normally a part of this special time is no longer with you, […]

Roger Jordan Community Service Counts

Unless you have heard the words, “You have cancer,” relating to the many emotions that follow a cancer diagnosis is hard. Roger Jordan was diagnosed with prostate cancer many years ago, and his experience gave him a heart to help other cancer patients by volunteering in the Cancer Patient Support Program (CPSP). Some 22 years […]

Nothing Says “Christmas” Like a Christmas Tree

“O Christmas tree, o Christmas tree, how thy leaves so verdant!”  Nothing says Christmas like a Christmas tree, all decked out for the holidays with lights, ribbons, ornaments, candy canes, and a star or angel on the very top. SYNONYMOUS WITH CHRISTMAS The Christmas tree is a staple, symbol, and icon of the Christmas tradition. […]

Lighting the Way in a Dark World: Celebrating Swedish Santa Lucia Day!

I nostalgically remember the processional train we formed as children—all cloaked in white with silver sashes—as I led our guests forward.  I wore a crown of green garlands with glowing candles and lighted the way through our dark living room. This special celebration of light, known as Santa Lucia Day, lights up Swedish homes and […]