What’s the word for memories, family, Christmas, nostalgia?

After travelling home for the holidays, I realized there is a word missing from the dictionary. That word should encompass the feelings of being surrounded by family, memories, making new memories, realizing shifts and changes, and being in an area that, year after year and in any season, is still magical and can cast a spell over me. Since there …

Gift of Christmas present

Christmas is a few days away and I hope you’re not scrambling to get last-minute presents. If you are, I have a suggestion: Instead of fighting the crowds at the mall, write a legacy letter. Instead of shelling out megabucks for this and that, you’ll have a Christmas gift from the heart. A legacy letter is a collection of your thoughts to …

Lost Andy

Andy talks and talks and talks. Talks and talks. Then talks some more. “At school we painted pictures,” he says. “I can make super-sonic laser beams come out of my eyes.” “Can I take Jasper out for a walk?” Andy is annoying me with all his talking. I want to tell him to shut up but I won’t. He’s only …

Author Dr. Guy Ekisa and why he writes to help

Christmas isn’t always a happy occasion for all. It can be a tough time for some. While everyone is different with different problems, there are some ways to deal with the holiday blues and not spend another year in turmoil. I recently edited and epublished some self-help books with sound advice dealing with bullying, dating, how to be your own …

Gifts not presents

Christmas is on the horizon and for many of us, that means lots of cookies and eggnog and family time. My immediate family (and family-in-laws) don’t live close enough to us to hop over for some seasonal cheer but my husband and I consider our friends as extended family. It’s a gift we have these people in our lives in …