Category Archives: Holidays

Phooey, Let’s Gain Weight Over Thanksgiving

“If you think about a Thanksgiving Dinner, it’s really like making a large chicken.” Ina Garten, Host of Barefoot Contessa, Food Network It’s not the minutes that put on weight, it’s the seconds. I’m unsure who said that but whoever … Continue reading

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Time well spent is all guy wants

No matter where you are at any given moment today it’s either tomorrow or yesterday somewhere else.  Years ago I visited Sweden which is nine hours ahead of California.   I returned to work and a colleague handed me a fax … Continue reading

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Wife Trumps Husband at Christmas

The human brain starts working the moment one’s born.  For guys, it stops the moment they speak to their mate.  Guys process information in the left hemisphere of the brain, or left brain.  We’re task oriented problem solvers.  I took … Continue reading

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No Gravy for Pets this Christmas

I stepped in it before I said it. It was the dawn of December 26.  Sunlight peeked over the horizon, chasing away a cluster of stars faintly twinkling in the western sky.  I yawned and switched on the coffee pot.  … Continue reading

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Veteran Pen Pal Comes Knocking at Door

Previously published in the Chico Enterprise-Record (2012) & updated for Growing Up Chico Magazine (2013) Eighty words bridged seven thousand miles. “Write to a soldier and cheer them up,” said Mrs. Larsen, while coordinating a holiday writing campaign for her … Continue reading

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Dad’s Halloween Costume Scares Neighborhood, But the Kids are OK

“Those who matter don’t mind, and those who mind don’t matter.”  Dr. Seuss The mornings after Halloween are the only days of the year my kids get a hall pass to eat caramel apples for breakfast.  The apples are healthy, … Continue reading

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Wife Tricks Husband Into Eating Eggplant

If eggplant had a Facebook page, I wouldn’t LIKE it.  I would not be a friend.  I love fruits and vegetables but regardless of its specie, eggplant may as well be liver.  I spring away from eggplant farther than a … Continue reading

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A Note to Kids for Father’s Day

Category:                          Father’s Day Anxiety Level:                   Low Level of Difficulty:           Easy (piece of cake) Results of Blowing It:      We’re cool Father’s Day is June 16.  I decided not to create a trite, over-worked, list of things you can get or do.  … Continue reading

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Guy Needs Help With Valentine’s Day

(Readers: This is one of my favorite “holiday” articles, previously published in the Chico Enterprise-Record in February 2012). National Compliment Day, Jan. 24, is the day you compliment others or pat yourself on the back. This begs a question.  What … Continue reading

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