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Cashing in on Bloody Beginnings

Valentine’s Day as we know it can be traced to two martyrs, a famous poet and American capitalism. The Valentines – one a Roman priest,...

The Two Faces of January

Beginnings … endings. Forward … backward. Comings … goings. These contrasts are why we have January, named after a god whose two faces and...

On the Yule Tree’s Origins

An evergreen, its color symbolizing hope, is cut and brought inside a home warmed by a fire. Joyous people deck the tree with bright,...

Thanksgiving Myths

Like clockwork each November, school children across the country wear capotains with faux buckles (although Pilgrim hats didn’t have buckles) or dress as Wampanoags...

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors…

Some say good fences make good neighbors. There might be some truth to this adage, used by Robert Frost in “Mending Wall,” but, in...

The Art of the Boom

Year after year, Oklahomans flock to public parks, lakes and city centers to ooh and aah at extravagant fireworks shows. As the day of...

The Clutter-Free Retiree

Retirement can welcome a new lifestyle with more time for traveling and hobbies. Older adults might downsize their homes, move into retirement communities or...

Downsizing an Empty Nest

While raising children, couples often move to larger houses with more space, multiple rooms and big backyards. But once the kids leave, many parents...

Decluttering: The 20-Something Purge

  Clutter is a mix of treasures, paraphernalia, multiples of identical/similar objects and junk from and in our lives. Most of us have clutter in...