Category Archive: Holidays

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

We had a request this week to share the recipe for our favorite Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins which came to us several years ago from http://www.joyofbaking.com/muffins/PumpkinChocolateChipMuffins.html. Delicious all year long, but especially in the fall, I made half of this batch with chocolate chips and the other half with white chips. 1- 1/2 cups all purpose …

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Recycle an Old Costume

What else do you have tucked away in your closet from past Halloweens? Have you been involved in theater productions, LARPing, SCA, theme weddings, science fiction/fantasy conventions or Renaissance Faires? You may have the raw material for a new costume. Renaissance Faire Costume Unless you were a noble, the style of clothing changed very little …

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Christmas Thoughts, 10 years later

In 2002, I sat down and posted some random thoughts on Christmas morning at my long-neglected humor site, Monkey Spit. About six months later, the company for which I worked suddenly went out of business, and the intervening decade was marked by bouts of unemployment and other difficulties. The years 2009-2011 in particular were very trying; the economy was down, our income was severely reduced, and it was not a good time. The past year has been a dramatic improvement, so this Christmas has been a welcome change. I recently had occasion to look back on what I had written, and found that I made some pretty good points.

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What to Give the Person Who Has Everything

So you have a friend who has everything. They’re hard to shop for, right? Especially if you want to give them a gift that says something more than “look, I got you a gift!” As it happens, I have the solution for you.

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Black Friday? Nope

It’s Black Friday, 2012. I was asked yesterday why it’s called “Black Friday” with the suggestion that such an ominous-sounding name seemed incongruous with the commercial aspirations of the day. Back before it was known to the public, store owners and manufacturers used to use this term; for many of them, the day after Thanksgiving, being the unofficial beginning of the Christmas shopping season, marked the day their business would move “out of the red” (in other words, show a profit) for the year. The term was seized upon by the mega-big-box retailers like Walmart as a marketing gimmick, inverting its meaning to apply to the customers rather than the business owners.

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A Halloween Giveaway!

As you are no doubt aware, I do a lot of press events with the good people at Disney, reviewing their movies, interviewing their performers, visiting their studios and so on. As part of these press events, there’s usually a “swag bag” of some sort, full of merchandise related to the particular film or TV show being promoted. A lot of it I keep, some gets given away to friends or family, and some of it sits here waiting for me to find a home for it.

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