• an evergreen Christmas tree with icicles hanging from the branches during the winter, snow in tilt shift lens green plant
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    D on’t think that I don’t know E very day, what you can’t tell me, because you C an’t find the words, the will, or E nergy to say them, but M y heart understands, and  B ears the snow like an E vergreen—beautiful, this month, and R emember I love you, too.
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    My paws prance upon the hardwood floor. I look around the silent living room, and my nose directs me to a small table where the corpses of half-eaten gingerbread men lie alongside a glass of cold milk. I take nibbles of each spiced cookie so that their bodies don’t go to waste. But, I avoid ...
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    Louise tossed on her bed and turned onto her back. She twisted a blond curl splayed out on the pillow. The lights strung on the bushes outside her window took turns glowing red and green on her ceiling. In the predawn hours, Louise rose and pulled on a flannel shirt and jeans. She slid on ...
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    At Coffee House Writers, we were asked to write about a holiday memory. I have fond memories of the most wacky Christmas I ever spent with my maternal grandparents. My grandpa and I have always had a special bond. We love goofing around together. My grandpa is your typical Leave It To Beaver style grandpa.  ...
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                Antlers cutting through                                                 Thick dark clouds                                                 Hooves dancing upon                                                 The aurora borealis                                                 Heavy puffs of mist                                                 Escape our nostrils                                                 The cold bitter world                                                 With sharp barbs of ice                                                 Attempt to break us                                                 We are mildly disturbed                                                 But still move ahead, for                                                 All along ...
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    “Are you sure all the presents are wrapped?” “Yes.” “Positive?” Paul laughed, placing a hand on his wife’s knee to prevent her from getting off the couch. “Dani. I’m sure. All the presents are wrapped and accounted for.” “I’m just checking! You know if Noah ends up with more presents than Penny, it’s going to ...
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    This week started a new year. I think everyone is ready for this particular cycle around the sun to be over. The thing is that this is our new normal for a little while longer at least. The only thing we can do right now is to make the best of a bad situation. This ...
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    It may not be the usual Christmas, but you can still do something together to help your loved ones remember it. Here are some ideas to help keep Christmas alive.
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    I am a huge gift person. I love getting gifts for my friends to let them know that I was thinking about them. My favorite memories from my teenage years were the random trips to Borders and Barnes & Noble with my parents. I was one of those kids who had my Christmas list separated ...
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    It’s Thanksgiving week and Christmas is right on its heels. For my family, like many others, this season is about surprises, secrets, and seeing family. However, with increasing restrictions due to spiking COVID-19 numbers, some of our normal plans may have to be postponed. Perhaps you have experienced some of the same. It is disappointing ...