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The Truth About the Truth About Christmas

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 25, 2009
We hope you enjoy our holiday-themed section "The Truth About Christmas" and enjoy the season in whatever way or for whatever reasons you and yours do. It's going to look really nice out there if it snows and, really, the long winter ahead is going to suck a lot worse than a couple dinners with the relatives. That's the truth.  

Breaking Holiday Sex Slumps

Advice from an expert on how to un-slump

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Forget about the spontaneous moment of lust that scares up the sex-drive ghosts of Christmas Past. It ain't gonna happen in the midst of party planning, shopping, wrapping or hiding gifts, paying credit card bills and every other thing that comes up during the holiday season, according to Patty Brisben.  

Every Christmas Story Ever Told (Review)

Wild and crazy time in the Arnold's courtyard

0 Comments · Friday, December 19, 2008
If you're looking for a traditional holiday entertainment, be forewarned: This performance has more in common with wild and crazy sketch comedy than it does with a performance of a full-length Christmas play. Three actors perform novel interpretations of familiar Christmas tales. Oh, and there is a drunken Santa Claus who wanders about welcoming the crowd, operating the sound system in front of the stage and occasionally commenting on the stage action, usually by topping everybody else.  

Striking 12 (Review)

The music is the good part at New Stage Collective

1 Comment · Monday, December 15, 2008
As an anti-traditional, anti-sentimental entertainment, New Stage Collective's 'Striking 12' zips right along. At least it does when the six singer-musicians are making, as they do, some fine and fascinating music. When they set their hands to acting the meager semi-script, the show proves something less than zippy.  

A Plan for Giving

Save money and reduce hassle by following this five-step plan for holiday gifts

0 Comments · Saturday, December 13, 2008
Just because the economy is poor doesn't mean your holidays can't be rich in gifts. Here are five ways to make your own holiday gift-giving outlook brighter.  

A Very Cut-Out Christmas

Holiday music ain't cheap, but 'clearance' music can be your savior

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I'm a sucker for good holiday music. And by "good" I mean "weird." The thing is, the closer the holidays get the smaller my bank account seems to be — especially given the economic crisis.   

Holiday Shows Are Cause for Hope

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 10, 2008
In my review of the Playhouse's 'A Christmas Carol,' I suggest that Charles Dickens' social conscience, outraged in 1843 by the evils of the Industrial Revolution and greedy business operators, seems quite timely in 2008 amid the evils of unfettered financial mismanagement and greedy business operators. Have we made any progress? Come January there will be a change in our nation's leadership, after all, and that's certainly cause for hope.  

Holiday Music on the Radio, Children's Music in Norwood, Messerly & Ewing Return and More

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tune into WAIF-FM this and next Thursday for a couple of special holiday editions of the talk/music program 'The Curved Air Show.' Hosted by veteran local musicians Roger Yeardley and Marcos Sastre, the next two shows will feature a variety of local musicians playing all sorts of holiday songs.  

Looking for the Joy

1 Comment · Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Back in 1993 Jered told me to look for the joy in life every day. He said life is too short, so try and make each day count. He said if changes in my life weren't working out, then find other ones that would. He said he'd be there to help me find the joy. Years later, I sometimes wonder if he knew this encouragement, especially on that Christmas at the airport, would get me through.   

Lives on the Edge

Down economy puts even more stress on Freestore/Foodbank’s efforts to help

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 26, 2008
With rising costs for food and housing combined with a credit crunch and job layoffs for some, an old tune by singer Dolly Parton is ringing truer than ever: “Lord, it looks like a hard candy Christmas.”  

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