’Twas the night before Christmas …

The lights will be artfully strung, the family heirloom decorations will be carefully hung, and the boys will murmur appropriate and truthful praise

’Twas the night before Christmas …It’s the week before Christmas and all through the forest it’s cold, wet and dark at 5 a.m. when I awaken. We’re going to bed at 9 p.m. in this part of the world because the sun sets at 4:30 p.m. and it’s pitch dark at 5:30. The leaves have definitively fallen from all of…

Christmas gift ideas for TV and music lovers

The Gadget Guy offers you ideas from TV streaming boxes to wireless earphones to handheld mics to hi-fidelity earplugs

Christmas gift ideas for TV and music loversMusic- and TV-related gadgets are always safe bets for gifts, so here are a few of my top picks this Christmas season. Roku Express Is the family going to cut the cable cord this year? Or are you just looking for an easy way to stream HD video and high-quality digital audio? Consider putting a…

Halloween rekindles the child in all of us

There’s nothing inherently evil about the celebration of Halloween in our time

Halloween rekindles the child in all of usIs there any harm in participating in the annual celebration of Halloween? Some think so. I first encountered the opinion that Halloween may be spiritually dangerous when my children were young. I was surprised when a friend announced that her children would not be dressing up and trick-or-treating. She objected to the pagan roots of…

Santa’s Hut program gathering donations for Christmas season

In its 25th year, the program allows local children 12 years of age and under to buy gifts for their parents and siblings for a nominal price

Santa’s Hut program gathering donations for Christmas seasonKenneth Brown of The Clarion The annual children’s Christmas shopping extravaganza known as Santa’s Hut is starting up for the season as donations of gift items and money are now being accepted. It’s a special year for organizers because the Santa’s Hut program is in its 25th year of operation. The program is operated by…

Kicking off a Thanksgiving origins debate, Canadian style

The first Thanksgiving was reportedly celebrated in Newfoundland on May 27, 1578, 41 years before the first American celebration

Kicking off a Thanksgiving origins debate, Canadian styleCanadians just finished celebrating Thanksgiving. Their turkeys, beef roasts, hams or other dishes were cooked with great care. An abundance of side dishes, including stuffing, mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables and cranberry sauce, were laid out. Some had a pumpkin pie for dessert and watched the Canadian Football League's Thanksgiving Day Classic between the Edmonton Eskimos…