The Holidays Are Dead To Me & Other Things That Make Me Happy

The holidays are dead to me.      Which is a big reason this is one of the best times of the year. By “dead,” I actually mean THE dead, as in those who have passed.      I love how they have a way of taking a seat at my holiday table. Something tells me they might be at yours, as well.      From the moment I pull my grandmother’s pressed glass serving pieces from the cabinet that came from great

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The Joy Of Losing A Job I Have Loved So Very Much

It appears I’m losing my job. A job I’ve loved very much. A job I dreamed of getting for years. Even though I knew I was the least worthy person in the world. I didn’t have an ice cube in the desert’s chance of getting. And yet, It happened. Now, it’s going away. And I am, Well, Happy. Scratch that. Mark me down as giddy. The job? Like you, Dear Reader, it is one of many I juggle. I am,

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Beloved Grandma Leaves Holiday Treasure For Grieving Family Who Miss Her So

Why now?      Why do the holidays have to come now?      Sure, I know, they come the same time every year.      But some years,      It sure seems it would be better if they didn’t come around.      Not so soon.      Too soon for my friend, Suzanne.      She lost her mom in September.      Suddenly, unexpectedly.      There is something about the first time you lose a parent.      Is it better,      Or harder when

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Hungry College Students Get Some Kind Relief With Leftover Meal Passes At University of Minnesota

Anyone who has a college student or is a college student can tell you meal plans are a hard fit. You might have too many meals on your plan. Or you might not have enough. Starving student is not just a catchy phrase. Not in this day and age with skyrocketing tuition and living costs. Some students are literally going hungry. Meanwhile, many students purchased meal plans that carry more meals than they need or have the time to use.

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17,000 Pounds Of Cheese On Its Way To Texas From Wisconsin Companies

Cheese is the best way to show the love when you’re from Wisconsin. Showing it, they are, as a number of companies are sending 17,000 pounds of dairy love to folks now trying to rebuild lives in Texas following Hurricane Harvey. String cheese. Cheese curds. Cheddar. How do you like your cheese? Chances are it’s on a truck that left Madison, Wisconsin Friday and is making it’s way to the Houston Food Bank. Oh, and just for good measure, there

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New York Restaurant Only Hires Immigrant Grandmothers To Cook Their Food

There’s nothing like the taste of grandmothers cooking. One restaurant in Staten Island, New York knows that. The Daily Mail reports Enoteca Maria owner Joe Scaravalla has employed more than 40 grandmothers (and one grandfather) from across the globe. The restaurant has two kitchens. One has nonnas that are always making Italian food. The other has a rotating list of nonnas from around the world. Algeria, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Sri Lanka, Greece, Turkey. Those are just some of the countries and

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Why I Got Naked To Eat An Orange And Find Out What I’m Missing Out On

I got naked this week. I get naked every week, Every day, for that matter. This week, I did it for you. For this column. To test a trap I’ve fallen into since high school. The “I’m missing out,” trap. It started with that friend, Perhaps, you know her, too, Dear Reader. The one who always described every party, Every adventure, Every ordinary lunch, As, “Amazing! We had the best time!” As a teen, those breathless reports left me in

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Delta Airlines Makes Crazy Travel Delays Easier To Swallow With Pizza Delivery

United Airlines could take some PR and customer service lessons here. Delta Airlines knows it’s been one crazy, frustrating travel week for Atlanta. First, there was the collapse of I 85, making driving incredibly tough throughout the city. Wednesday, intense storms across the Southeast caused a ground stop for hours canceling about 300 flights and leaving some folks stranded sitting on planes. The airline couldn’t make the weather clear up, but they could order pizza! WSB-TV reports the airline ordered more

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