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  1. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

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    December 10, 2011 by Alison Grisham

    It all comes down to this — real or fake? Not everyone agrees, but everyone has a preference, and typically a strong one. If you think I’m talking about surgical enhancement, you probably haven’t flipped your calendar from November to December yet. I’m talking about Christmas trees, of course, and it’s time to decide where you fall in on the debate.

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  2. Over the Highway and Through the Mall…

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    December 2, 2011 by Alison Grisham

    I’d like to say that I didn’t participate in the craziness of Black Friday, that I wasn’t really trolling the aisles of Wal-Mart on Thanksgiving night, looking for a deal. I’d like to say that, but — with my luck — I was seen diving into a rack of hard-to-find PS3 games, and I’d be caught lying in print faster than Oprah could say James Frey. So I admit it. I went Black Friday shopping, right alongside the hordes of bargain hunters and raving lunatics you might have seen on tv, and the truth is, I liked it.

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  3. Thankful the Mayflower Sailed Without Me​

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    November 24, 2011 by Alison Grisham

    By Alison Grisham I’m not a history buff nor someone who sits around pondering the past on a regular basis. But I am from Massachusetts, just 30 minutes from Plymouth, which means I’ve been to Plymouth Plantation, where the Pilgrims first settled, about a dozen times. I’ve toured the little huts, seen the reenactments and thought about how miserable they must have been without indoor plumbing. So on Thanksgiving, I can’t help but wonder about the details we don’t get from the history books, like how they made it through that first meal.

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  4. Don’t Know Nothing ‘bout Science Books or the French I Took

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    November 17, 2011 by Alison Grisham

    By Alison Grisham My daughter patted me on the head the other day and said, “you know… you’re cute, but you’re not that smart.” It didn’t appear to be a revelation. It was more like she was saying, “look we’ve all discussed this, and really… it’s only fair you should know where we stand.”

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  5. Two Arteries Diverged in the Wood … I Took Clogged One

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    November 10, 2011 by Alison Grisham

    By Alison Grisham My friend John is a vegetarian and part time vegan. As far as I can tell, that means I’m never going to like anything that he eats. I’m reasonably sure he’d think that I was just flat out wrong in my assessment. In my experience, when people hear that I don’t like vegetables, they usually think that I just haven’t had them prepared the right way. Well, I guess that’s a possibility. But I wouldn’t bet my T-bone on it.

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  6. ​Tricks and Treats for those Suspiciously Tall Kids

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    October 27, 2011 by Alison Grisham

    By Alison Grisham Halloween is just a few days away, which can only mean one thing — I’m eating candy corn by the fistful and mortgaging the house to buy the remaining candy needed for Oct. 31. There was a time when you could make candy apples or pass out cookies. But I don’t care if their grandmother makes it, there isn’t a kid from Sacramento to Sarasota who’s eatingeating anything unwrapped on Halloween anymore.

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  7. As Wholesome as Apple Pie

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    October 13, 2011 by Alison Grisham

    ​By Alison Grisham When I read Charlottes’s Web, I thought the County Fair sounded like the most magical place on Earth. With E.B. White’s palpable description, I could almost smell the carnival foods and hear the marching band, complete with tuba and cymbals. I imagined Fern walking past giant prized pumpkins and riding and an old-fashioned Ferris wheel, where she could swing her feet and see for miles.

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