O.Henry Ending

December Diploma The other gift of the Magi   By Phil Koch My father-in-law, an immigrant to America, ended his one-room schoolhouse education in Ireland at age 12. My own father, a product [...]

The Accidental Astrologer

Mixing It Up Sagittarius brings a merry, motley crew By Astrid Stellanova Happy Holidays, Star Children! December births make me think of Forrest Gump’s good ole chocolate-box.    Born in [...]

– Botanicus –

Their Darkest Hours For brilliant red poinsettias, keep them under wraps By Ross Howell Jr.   For years as a grad student and later as an itinerant bachelor, I put off buying Christmas [...]

Story of a House

All Rhodes Lead  to Christmas How Mary Rhodes and husband Bill give new meaning to “Home for the Holidays” By Jim Dodson   •   Photographs by John Gessner   “Honestly, I don’t know why we do [...]

Tales of our favorite holiday gone wrong

Christmas in Hell’s Half Acre Christmas was not my family’s long suit. But it wasn’t for lack of trying.  There was the requisite twinkly tree (fresh only, never “arty” as my mother would [...]

The Mistletoe Bride

A gothic Christmas story By Nan Graham The Brits have a very different Christmas than ours. First, they say “Happy Chrimbo” for “Merry Christmas.” Then there’s the wearing of paper crowns by all [...]

The Art of Giving

Looking for something a little different — and locally handmade — for gifts this year? These artists have you covered   Handmade for the Holidays Bill Johnston’s Clay Art By Cynthia [...]

December Poem

December   December orphans the dove permits growing pains flight whispers this is why you fought — in a wrap of bright cerements weans solstice with a mutter and a kiss bestows sparkle to [...]

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