Beyond the Manger

My best friends in the third grade were twin sisters, Annette and Arlene Frier.  They told me that Chanukah was not a big deal. I believed them. Their father was a Rabbi.  

I was brought up to believe in Baby Jesus. I had a Catholic mass card imprinted with his face aglow under a mass of blonde curls and a halo. In my child-like wonder, I recognized myself in that face.

Forgive me, but I didn’t see a fundamental...

The Last Christmas Trees


In 1965 as a new reporter for the Newark Evening News, I was on Bloomfield Avenue frantically searching for a Christmas story. I approached the manager of the township charity Christmas tree lot, asking him if he had any leads.

“Funny you ask,” he said, “just sold my usual last 10 trees to two twin brothers, something we do every year. There’s a story if they’ll tell you.”

He knew no more about them except...

Holiday Entertaining Made Fun and Easy

Is the whole family coming over for the holidays? Or perhaps you'd like to share some festive cheer with your neighbors? Now's the time to start planning. Here are some helpful tips to make your holiday fun, easy and relaxing!!

Stock Your Pantry Get ready for hosting with a well-stocked pantry and freezer. Must-haves include quick, no-cook appetizers; basic baking ingredients; spices and marinades; and...

Good Works and Feeling Good

When I was asked to write about “Good Works”, this term was unfamiliar to me. In doing a Google search, I discovered this related to “doing something good for others” within the Christian faith.Interestingly, it’s a concept that applies to faiths and cultures all over the world.What motivates us to do something good for others?

 I want to share something that happened to me recently that may illustrate a couple reasons that...

From Tacoma Two Museums Exhibit Asian Immigrant History

Two museums within a block of one another in the vibrant Museum District of Tacoma, Washington, have current exhibits that provide illuminating historical context for the hot-topic conversation around how the United States should treat its immigrant populations. On display at the Washington State History Museum are works created by a Japanese artist incarcerated at the Minidoka War Relocation Center during World War II. “Witness to Wartime: The Painted Diary of Takuichi Fujii,” runs through January 1, 2018.

Bring on the Happiness

Where is your happiness found? Is it in your fur babies kiss or the look in your children’s eyes when they see their presents under the tree?  Is it found in seeing the light in your loved one’s smiles when you bring out the long array of food items lining a decorated table such as turkey or Christmas Feast?

Tiffany Haddish, Big Jay, Chris Rock and More

Tiffany Haddish Headlines Carolines, Big Jay’s Big Birthday Bash, Chris Rock Hits Up MSG, the Last Melting Pot and More

Becoming Jane

When National Geographic approached Brett Morgen about directing a documentary on legendary primatologist Jane Goodall, he wouldn’t even consider it. There had been enough documentaries made on the trailblazing scientist and there seemed to be nothing more to say. First to agree with him was Goodall herself.