Shop Local this Holiday Season

I love some things about this Solstice, Hannukah, Chrismas, Kwaanza season.  It’s truly the season of good cheer and well wishes but times are hard. No one is flush with money. Everyone is reluctant to increase their debt. Local business people and charities make a significant positive contribution to the quality of life in our…

Simple Pleasures: Homemade Cards

A form of Christmas card began in England when young boys practiced their writing skills by creating Christmas greetings for their parents, but it is Sir Henry Cole, the first director of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, who is credited with commissioning artist John Calcott Horsley to create the first real Christmas card. The sending…