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A Plea for Sanity ~ by Kristen Hubbard

A Plea for Sanity ~ by Kristen Hubbard

What a conundrum was caused by this last Christmas – New Year, with the major celebratory days falling mid-week! A highly uncomfortable arrangement resulting in the utter destruction of two entire weeks of commerce and regularity and inducing one hell of a post-holiday hangover syndrome. A nearly unsurmountable struggle to remember what day it actually...
How Donny and Marie Saved Christmas ~ By Jenn Couture

How Donny and Marie Saved Christmas ~ By Jenn Couture

Christmas is the Elvis of holidays. Not the rebellious, pouty rockabilly Elvis of the 1950s or even the sleek, sexy, Ann Margaret-wooing Elvis of the the early 1960′s, but the drug-bloated, constipated, hazy Elvis of the 1970s. The Elvis of frequent, embarrassing karate kicks in sequined jump suits stretched just beyond their shimmering capacity. The Elvis synonymous with garishness and...
Shelf Life ~ by Amanda Cantrell Roche

Shelf Life ~ by Amanda Cantrell Roche

They linger too long after Christmas in the Walgreen’s. Like that year we decided to stay for two nights at his parents’ house rather than just one; all the festivities are done, most of the people are gone and everybody left is in a watch-a-movie-and-don’t-talk-to-anyone frame of mind. I mean, I know the 12 days...
Christmas Defenses ~ By Mallory Mapes

Christmas Defenses ~ By Mallory Mapes

For many people, the main objective of the holiday season that spans from late November through the end of December is to get it over with. Sure, there are ideally other things involved, like time with friends and family, celebration, being thankful, eating too much… But these are just stepping stones from point A (Before...
How to Date a Rockette ~ by Jon Gugala

How to Date a Rockette ~ by Jon Gugala

How to Date a Rockette, by Jon Gugala First, see Rockettes your whole life: in TV and movies; for Christmas, yes; during the Super Bowl Halftime show. Hell, they’ve been around since 1925, and an annual tradition at Radio City Music Hall in New York City since 1932. Their long legs and short skirts are...
One Very Good Girl ~ by Kristen Hubbard

One Very Good Girl ~ by Kristen Hubbard

One Very Good Girl A portrait of goodness no elf could deny in my prettiest dress and most charming smile I wait my turn patiently One Very Good Girl hoping to stand out among your messy throng of devotees. It’s been a long year of tongue biting of smiling and nodding of refraining from eye...
Snow Globe ~ by Amanda Cantrell Roche

Snow Globe ~ by Amanda Cantrell Roche

Life in the snow globe was good; the way it seemed things were supposed to be in that little world.  Holidays were happy times spent with family, sandwiched between festive gatherings with friends, and they had that sparkle to them like the tiny flecks of snow falling through water on a pristine environment. For a...
Cigar Geeks ~by Derik Pell

Cigar Geeks ~by Derik Pell

...like Adam by Eve, one day I found myself corrupted by my girlfriend.
Where There's Smoke... ~ by Jenn Couture

Where There’s Smoke… ~ by Jenn Couture

...there's usually a couple of kids setting something on fire.
Smoke Signals ~ by Kristen Hubbard

Smoke Signals ~ by Kristen Hubbard

Searching for a Sign
Burma in Nashville:  Finding One's Way through the Haze ~ by Amanda Cantrell Roche

Burma in Nashville: Finding One’s Way through the Haze ~ by Amanda Cantrell Roche

Navigating the language and culture of a foreign land can be like moving through a thick cloud of smoke.
Smoke and Emotional Damage ~ By Jenn Couture

Smoke and Emotional Damage ~ By Jenn Couture

They suspected it was arson...