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Christmas Greetings & Traditions

The holidays are a wonderful time of the year, and for most of us, they fly by way too quickly. This time of year I’m especially appreciative of Florida. Largely for the same reasons many of my books take place in Florida. The average temperature in Tampa Bay Florida in December is 71 degrees Fahrenheit […]

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Festive Flicks That Thrill

What’s your favorite holiday movie? Think… think… think… because there’s a prize ahead… Got it in mind? Okay, now I’m going to get more specific. Because we all love A Charlie Brown Christmas and It’s a Wonderful Life and Love, Actually and maybe one of the versions of A Christmas Carol. The feel-good classics are hard not […]

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Plant’s Palace and Tampa’s Christmas Past

One of my favorite things about the Tampa Bay Area (besides the beaches, of course…) is discovering the little nuggets of its unique history. That’s what a writer loves to do — we soak up everything. And in the process we’re able to see how the big picture developed and show it to you through […]

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Washington Irving On Christmas

Did you know that your Christmas might be very different if not for Washington Irving? He came to my mind recently because of that TV drama on FOX, “Sleepy Hollow.” It is, of course, inspired by Irving’s story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” published in 1820. When Irving wrote “Sleepy Hollow,” I’m sure he had […]

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Frivolous Friday – Need a New Cocktail!

Okay folks, something totally frivolous today. I’m having a small party and I’m tasked with serving a new cocktail. Seems this group is a little bored with our usual red wines. (Yes, I agree – how could anyone be bored with red wine?) I’m no mixologist, so I did what all modern women do. Right. […]

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“A Christmas Story”: Ralphie’s Perfect Gifting Secret

There’s no better feeling than hitting the gifting bulls-eye, especially when the best gift is shared in a face-to-face moment. Every kid knows receiving great gifts feels wonderful. But we adults know giving great gifts feels even better. ‘Tis truly better to give than to receive. Except when it isn’t. Whether they cost precious time, […]

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