December 2010

December 31st, 2010
Written by Marlene Caroselli in Feature Stories with 0 Comments
An optimist, according to author Bill Vaughn, “stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.”Ideally, with sufficient preparation, you can ensure that guests and family welcomes in the New Year — with optimism and plans to optimize.JANUSJanus was the Roman god of beginnings. On ancient coins, his face is shown in double profile-he is...
December 30th, 2010
Written by Rita Cook in Stereotypes & Labels with 0 Comments
There are many different religions in the world and not all celebrate Christmas. Even more to the point, not all folks who celebrate Christmas even believe in, or celebrate the fact that December 25 was Jesus Christ’s birthday. In an article written by Melanie L. Marten on November 2007, Pagen Roots, she says, “The fact that some Christmas symbology was borrowed from pagan religions seems...
December 29th, 2010
Written by Wendy Innes in Travels' Tapestry with 0 Comments
Rio de Janeiro; the name is synonymous with beautiful beaches and beautiful women in the tiniest of bikinis. However, with Rio hosting the 2014 World Cup, and the 2016 Olympic Games, there is a lot of scrutinizing and magnification of some of the city’s problems. Rio is still a beautiful and safe place to visit if you follow the guidelines set for by the U.S. State Department, and use good...
December 29th, 2010
Written by Laura Monroe in "Sticky Wicket" Questions with 0 Comments
Do Native Americans still view the “white man” as the enemy that stole their land and freedom? Do they believe other races and ethnicities are guilty of these acts as well? Or do they feel that these different cultures and ethnicities have no bearing on how the whites took the country away from them?This is an inherently tricky subject, as Native America today encompasses hundreds of different...
December 28th, 2010
Written by Rita Cook in Feature Stories with 0 Comments
There is one thing that we can all be certain of when it comes to the holidays, and that is the onslaught of a smorgasbord of foods. From Christmas cookies that range from mint to sugar to gingerbread, to a tall glass of eggnog with or without the rum to pumpkin pie and the main course turkey and dressing. Indeed, there is no time like the holidays to reminisce about food from years past, and to...