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It occurred to me that the week of Thanksgiving has become the week of names. It begins two days before with “Giving Tuesday,” a relatively recent invention promoted by charities and other non-profits as a way to raise funds while people are in a thankful...

Real Joy Ensures Everyone’s Basic Needs Are Met

The third Sunday of Advent focuses on joy, but what is joy and where can it be found? Like many experiences in life joy is easier to identify than define, but perhaps it would be accurate to say that joy is what makes us smile, laugh and sometimes cry from an...

What Black-Friday Bargains Will Cost Your Family

I like the phrase “conspicuous consumption.” It sounds neat. It has the gritty feel of reality. The words snarl and spit at you with the hard Cs and the popping Ps sliding along the icy Ss. It feels like a skater slipping into a wall. The words cannot be...

Seasonal Mood Swings

Not once did I think about going to the mall at midnight on Thanksgiving Day—but there were many, many who did. And they didn’t just go and leisurely shop. No, these were more like shopping storm troopers battering down the doors of their favorite stores. Why?...