Holiday depression

Holiday depression

I finished the book Empty Mansions that I had downloaded from the library to my Kindle. That was pretty fascinating, to read about the wealthy Clark family and how much the heiress Huguette gave away to her caregivers. I am now in the middle of reading Eat Pray Love...
How to sleep: Candy Cane Lane tea by Celestial Seasonings

How to sleep: Candy Cane Lane tea by Celestial Seasonings

Looking for tips on how to sleep? You may want to try a peppermint green tea from Celestial Seasonings. No, I’m not talking about their Sleepytime Herbal Tea, or any of their expanding line of Sleepytime teas. The original blend — with chamomile, spearmint...
‘The Beatles Christmas Album’

‘The Beatles Christmas Album’

Among all the John Lennon tributes yesterday, a friend of mine — Stripwax creator Jeff Moody — posted a link to a YouTube video featuring one of the Beatles’ wackier departures, “You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)“. This, in turn,...
The Krampus and St. Nicholas in Austria (December 5)

The Krampus and St. Nicholas in Austria (December 5)

The excitement is palpable in the video above as a child greets visitors arriving in Dienten am Hochkönig, a little mountain village in Austria. Many Americans probably recognize St. Nicholas, whose feast day is December 6. A legendary bringer of gifts on the eve of...
‘Death Makes a Holiday’ catalogs culture of Halloween

‘Death Makes a Holiday’ catalogs culture of Halloween

Because so much of my time is spent in the attention-shattering online world, I hope to restore a little balance, when possible, by getting engrossed in a good old-fashioned book. As a lover of history, mythology, traditions and customs, I figured that Death Makes a...
Pierogi recipes from my mom: Pierogi dough & fillings

Pierogi recipes from my mom: Pierogi dough & fillings

As a Chicago-born guy of Polish descent, these pierogi recipes have always been central to my Christmas holiday. The humble pierogi is Poland’s take on the ubiquitous filled noodle dumpling, enjoyed elsewhere as ravioli or kreplach or pelmeni or jiaozi (pot...

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