8:00 am I cannot believe I am showering, getting dressed, and putting on makeup at this ungodly hour on a Saturday. I would have had endless time to lollygag but my brother decided to move Christmas dinner to Saturday so one of his fiancé’s daughters and her family could attend. At the last minute, they […]Read More CHRISTMAS: A SUMMARY REPORT
A friend recently asked me how I was dealing with holiday depression. Until she asked, I hadn’t given it a thought. What a difference a year makes. On this day twelve months ago I wrote, “Can We Just Cancel Christmas This Year,” describing my Lemony Snicket series of unfortunate events that led to some serious […]Read More Epilogue: It’s Almost Christmas and I Forgot to be Sad.
Christmas – always bring back memories from my childhood, and one of those fondest memories is my father decorating the house while playing Jolly Old St. Nicholas by Ray Caniff’s singers in the background. This memory always makes me nostalgic as those times were simple and innocent, bringing greater pleasure and a lifetime of memories […]Read More A Honduran’s Christmas: Then and Now
I am not a fan of beating the blues advice that is patently gratuitous, overdone, or quite obvious. Yes, a walk on the beach sounds invigorating but I live in Arizona. You know what I’m talking about, these lists inundate Google if you search for overcoming a down mood or depression. For anyone experiencing a […]Read More 10 Hopeful Hacks for Beating the Holiday Blues
It was the week before Christmas, when all through the house The kids were asleep, but the parents were out. They searched through the malls, trying desperately to find, One special gift for their child, which was sold out online. They searched Amazon, Target, GameStop and more, Trying to find that special toy the kids […]Read More The Night Before Christmas 2017
Christmas is my favorite time of the year. Every year I devote tremendous time and currency (both monetary and emotional) to the planning and preparation of the ultimate holiday gala. With so much festivity comes a great many stressful decisions. Like many, I overspend on gifts; I overstress about food, and I overanalyze whether my […]Read More Celebrate New Year’s Eve the Latino Way
According to Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary, “Magical thinking is the irrational belief that one can bring about a circumstance or event by thinking about it or wishing for it.” Hmm…Irrational belief… well, that’s quite interesting given the fact that ironically, the medical community also recognizes the Placedo effect: “A remarkable phenomenon in which a placebo […]Read More Magical Thinking
As she stepped inside my home tonight, I could see she wasn’t in a hurry. Seemed to want to linger a bit. Came to pick up a beautiful angel snow globe I sold her on a local mom to mom sales site. For the last month, I have been committed to purging anything that was […]Read More Her Name Was JOY