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Christmas tree showdown: Real tree versus artificial

Christmas Tree
The whole idea of the Christmas tree seems rather odd, doesn’t it? We go out into the forest and kill a tree. Then we bring it back to our house, where we plant the dead tree in our front room in order to commemorate the birth of a very important baby. (It’s a good thing we don’t do this for...

The 5 best and worst things about Thanksgiving

By Joe Capell It will be Thanksgiving again before you know it. There are a lot of wonderful things about Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, there are a lot of bad things about Thanksgiving too. Here’s five of the worst, then five of the best: Worst #5: Shopping — It used to be that Black Friday started at six in the morning. Then it...

What to get your man for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it. And we know what that means: men buying flowers and chocolates for their sweethearts. But, what do women get for their men on Valentine’s Day? Flowers and chocolates don’t really cut it. Well, maybe they’d be okay with the chocolates, but in all honesty most men would rather have a 12-pack...

5 reasons a box is the best toy ever

We have a box in our living room. It has been in our living room for quite a while. It is wonderful. Here's just a few of the reasons why: A box is affordable. We didn't pay any money to get the box. Oh, sure, you might say that part of our annual Amazon Prime fee goes to paying for the...

It’s spring in Utah – or maybe still winter

It's spring in Utah! The sun is shining. The temperature is nice. It's time to put away all your winter coats and gloves and boots. No more long sleeves. Spring is here and it's beautiful. The grass is growing. Flowers are blooming. Popcorn is popping on the fruit trees. (Note: That's not really popcorn! Please don't eat it.) It's a...

Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays

It would seem the world is divided into two camps: people who say "Merry Christmas" and people who say "Happy Holidays." (And a few grumpy souls who say "Bah, humbug.") Unfortunately, there are folks who think that because they say different things than others, they are involved in some kind of "war" with each other. It started when some people...

New Year’s resolutions that we can all keep

It’s January! It’s a brand new year, and that means it’s time for a fresh start. Many of us use the new year as a beginning point to resolve to be better people. New Year’s resolutions can be big business. If you’ve ever been to the gym to workout during the first two weeks of January, you know what I...

Who do you want to be for Halloween?

By Joseph Capell My son wants to be a doctor. That’s a good thing, right? I would be very happy if my son were to become a doctor. Unfortunately, he’s only talking about his Halloween costume. A doctor? That shouldn’t be too hard. We should be able to make him a nice doctor costume out of stuff we have around the house. (And...

7 people to avoid at the drive-thru

The fast food drive-thru is a wonderful thing. It is a quick and convenient way to get a good, healthy meal. (Okay, so maybe "healthy" isn't the right word there. Let's go with "edible" instead.) Unfortunately, sometimes other people also want to use the drive-thru, and these people make the experience a little less quick and convenient. Here are seven...

Every day is Father’s Day

Every June we celebrate Father's Day, often with cards, gifts, or treats. (Hint: Donuts! Dads really like donuts!) But, the truth is any father worth his weight in salt (whatever that means) knows that the third Sunday in June isn't any more important than any other day. That's because every single day is worthy of celebrating when you're a dad....