Category Archives: Holiday

Beacon of Hope

The Statue of Liberty, a gift from from the people of France to the people of the United States in 1886 was designated a National Monument in 1926. Together with Ellis Island, it is called Liberty Park and is the symbol … Continue reading

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Independence Day

As we get closer to Independence Day here in the United States, many of us plan barbecues and picnics with friends and family to coincide with local fireworks displays. There are some spectacular events planned in several cities that may … Continue reading

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Animal Festivals to Enjoy

It seems kind of bizarre at first, to consider that there are festivals celebrating an animal at many places around the world.  Domesticated animals have been a large part of our human survival, and wild animals are either feared or … Continue reading

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Christmas windows

Growing up in the New York City area, the center of my TV universe was New York City. The Christmas season kicked off with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and next were all the store windows.  The competition between major department stores is amazing, … Continue reading

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Saint Nicholas Day

December 6 is St. Nicholas Day throughout Europe where the real man who evolved into our American Santa Claus actually lived in the 3rd -4th Century.  Born to a merchant family, he was already quite devout when his parents died, leaving … Continue reading

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My oldest children’s father was often an enigma to me; he would stare for hours at something he noticed for the first time. His need to be still to ponder the significance of a new concept was often frustrating to … Continue reading

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Spotlight: Christmas Eve in Saltzburg

Back in 1981 I was asked by a planning and engineering firm I had worked for to be rehired for a six-month project in Europe. It completely flabbergasted me that no one they had asked before me wanted to go. … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving….history and the real deal

During an earlier chapter of my life I lived in New England and one summer took my kids to Plimouth Plantation as a way to give them a leg up on the history chapter in school that coming year. We … Continue reading

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Travel Pearls: European Christmas markets

For those of us who have had the wonderful experience of being in Europe between Thanksgiving and Christmas, American shopping for the holidays becomes rather pallid in comparison.   Stepping back in time is part of the appeal. Discovering handmade one-of-a-kind … Continue reading

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