From Favorite Foods to Favorite Gifts in Five Easy Steps

Does the mere mention of chocolate start your mouth watering?   Do artisanal jams and jellies make your morning toast sing with delight?   The foodstuff of my affection is coconut. Whether toasted, shredded, or enrobed in chocolate, I swoon over all things coconut.  Give me a sweet treat and I will thank you.  Give me […]

Gotta Get a Gift? Steal My Teenaged Son’s Idea

Who is better at giving special gifts, men or women? I’m often asked that question and my answer is always the same—neither sex has a monopoly on giving great gifts.   Some men are thoughtful gift givers, some aren’t. Some women give amazing gifts, and some don’t. Who is better at giving special gifts, adults or […]

A Gift Guaranteed to Move Your Loved One to Tears

I never thought Kleenex could MAKE me cry, but they did. One of my dearest friends recently moved out of the country for an extended period of time. She and her family had been planning this adventure for a while, and their romantic notion of living abroad and experiencing another culture was nearly thwarted by […]

Favorite Teacher Gifts to Give…and to Avoid

What was your second grade teacher’s name?  Which teacher made you work the hardest, but taught you the most?* Got’em?  Great!  Now thank them! Teacher Appreciation Week, May 4-8, is dedicated to recognizing all that our teachers do to make a difference. Once upon a time they may have taught us reading, writing and ‘rithmetic, […]