How To Talk with a Constant Interrupter

By Debra Goldie Jones~ Polite conversation is a wonderful way to get to know people, express opinions, and exchange ideas. But the chat goes flat real fast when one side interrupts before you finish speaking. Like a plump pumpkin, this year’s holidays will be ripe for discord as far-flung family members,

Gratifying Gift Giving

Create a unique photo book for family and friends By Debra Goldie Jones | Photo by Debra Goldie Jones ~ Gift-giving gets harder the older I get. Most of my friends are either downsizing or can buy themselves facials, massages, and bestselling books. I’m particular. I like to give something that reflects

One Woman’s Kitsch is Another Mom’s Tchotchke

By Debra Goldie Jones ~ My mother, bless her heart, could have used an extra bathroom. With four kids claiming the bathroom upstairs and the downstairs “utility room” overflowing with loads of laundry, she resorted to the kitchen windowsill to hold a small cadre of personal care products. One particularly

How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Hairs

By Debra Goldie Jones ~ Valentine’s Day will soon be upon us, and, depending on your perspective (and Facebook status), you may regard it as a hint from Cupid’s bow or a hit for Hallmark’s coffers. When a text is just too tacky, or you can’t find a good $6.95 greeting card, it might be

It’s the Memory of the Person That Counts

By Debra Goldie Jones ~ When I was in high school, I would occasionally drop by my grandmother’s house for a chat. As we sat in a cozy nook, the cylindrical lamp glowing beside her would invariably mesmerize me. I watched the foamy implosion of Niagara Falls on a 360-degree plastic-covered paper panorama

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