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Do I Return Gifts or Keep Them?

Do I Return Gifts or Keep Them?

Since we’re on the brink of one of the biggest gift-giving holidays of the year, let’s just address the yearly dilemma of whether to return gifts or keep them head on.  Every year, across the world, people receive Christmas gifts that are either hideous, not useful, the wrong size, or just plain make you think, “What on earth were they thinking?”

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Korean Gift Giving Etiquette and Practices

Korean Gift Giving Etiquette and Practices

The subject of this post may seem a bit odd but I assure you, that Korean gift giving etiquette and practices are a "thing".  I am half Korean and since my mother was a first-generation immigrant to the states, many of her Korean customs were instilled in me throughout my childhood.

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A Summarized Anniversary Gift List by Year

A Summarized Anniversary Gift List by Year

You've stumbled across a priceless treasure trove in the form of a summarized anniversary gift list by year.  All you guys that are baffled about what to get that's meaningful for your wedding anniversary - you've hit the holy grail of gift lists! 

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Favorite Tune Converted To A Music Box Song

Favorite Tune Converted To A Music Box Song

I have to admit that I have a fixation with intarsia music boxes and when I can get my favorite tune converted to a music box song, it's a double home run for me.  When I found an online store that not only sells these, but can also install a custom song, I got excited.

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Funny Gag Gifts

Funny Gag Gifts

When it comes to funny gag gifts, the humorist will definitely appreciate that you thought to tickle their funny bone. I have three gag gifts that I'm recommending you consider for your favorite comedic gift recipient. Before I get to the recommendations, let me share a short true story of a gag gift that went horribly wrong!

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Changing Seasons

Changing Seasons

I know that fall was officially here on September 22nd, but where I live in the Carolinas, the changing seasons often do not match the calendar.  So the date came and went without a shift in the cadence of life.  Each day since passed much as the day before...

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Minor Freak Out Moment

Minor Freak Out Moment

Well it's the first day of October, and in typical fashion, I went through my mental exercise of what occasions are on the horizon for this month. True. It would be much more efficient if I had all of these things logged on my calendar, but that simply would not be me.

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In The Aftermath of Hurricane Florence

In The Aftermath of Hurricane Florence

As I write safely from my home that is intact here in the Carolinas, four hours west of the coastline, I am grieved that so many have lost so much in the wake of Hurricane Florence. Thank God that it wasn't as catastrophic as originally predicted because there surely would have been greater devastation. Our hope is that the road to healing and recovery will be swift and sure.

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The Gift of Reading

The Gift of Reading

Having a grandson that lives near us, I am reminded of how important reading was when I was growing up.  It seems...

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The Waning Days of Summer

The Waning Days of Summer

Summer is winding down and there are several traditional markers that herald this period of time. For some reason, I had had been oblivious. Take heed before it slips away. Enjoy what remains and soak in the pleasures of summer: sun, outdoor activities, the beach, barbecue grilling...

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