“Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas”

Today's Friday Food for Thought is from Peg Bracken (1918 - 2007), American author of humorous books on cooking, etiquette and travel, such as The I Hate to Cook Book.   Did you know? December 6th is celebrated as St Nicholas' Day. St Nicholas was a Christian Bishop who was noted for his generosity in helping…

A Child’s Christmas in Wales – a book recommendation for December

The Staircase 9 17 Bookshelf choice for December is A Child's Christmas in Wales, by Dylan Thomas (1914 - 1953)     It's a nostalgic and funny account of Christmas time in Swansea, south Wales, during the years of Thomas's youth.  Here's the description of what happens when there is a fire at the Prothero household:…

How to recycle what you usually can’t

Dear Claire, I discovered something interesting the other day. April being Earth month, there’s a lot in the news about recycling and reusing – especially reusing, now that the market for recyclables is so unpredictable and given how much energy it takes to recycle something. This reminded me of some of our tips about spring-cleaning…