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Floral Department Santa
Floral Department Santa

Happy Holidays to all,

And to all a good night.

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Let it Snow
Let it Snow

With best wishes to all our friends in New England, the Midwest, and the Pacific Northwest. Stay safe, happy, and warm.

Things I’m Thankful For

Here’s a list of some of the things I’m thankful for as this Thanksgiving weekend winds down:

  • family and friends, even though they’re scattered all over the country
  • the Internet, which, in addition to enabling us to learn anything we want to know, also allows us to keep in touch with family and friends, even though they’re scattered all over the country
  • thick, warm wool socks, which I wear all winter long
  • the election of Barack Obama
  • the abundance on my Thanksgiving table and in my refrigerator
  • glucosamine and chondroitin, which–at least so far–are keeping my 60-year-old joints working painlessly
  • libraries
  • the next generation, which is turning out very nicely, if I do say so myself
  • the approaching end of George W. Bush’s Presidency
  • music
  • human resilience, especially in children
  • flowers
  • audiobooks for listening to while exercising
  • the handiwork of my massage therapist and personal trainer (see above reference to glucosamine and chondroitin)
  • fuzzy warm pajamas and fleece-lined slippers
  • Excedrin
  • Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center
  • the fact that Sarah Palin is not going to be the next Vice-President of the United States
  • hot cocoa
  • the aroma of turkey soup simmering in the kitchen

© 2008 by Mary Daniels Brown

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“That One”?

Did you hear John McCain call Barack Obama “that one” last night?

It’s not quite as bad as “you people,” but it’s close.

What Are You Reading for Banned Books Week?

ALA | Banned Books Week:

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read is observed during the last week of September each year. Observed since 1982, this annual ALA event reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted. This year, 2008, marks BBW’s 27th anniversary (September 27 through October 4).

Check out the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week Website for information about the most frequently challenged books and about how you can fight censorship in your community.

October: National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month increasing early breast cancer detection awareness:

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Check out this site for all kinds of information about breast cancer and how you can help in the fight against this disease.

Please pass the Hydrox!

Last Friday, while visiting a friend in Connecticut, I walked into a grocery store and there they were: stacks of boxes of Hydrox cookies!

Even as a child I preferred Hydrox to the cloyingly sweet Oreo. The Hydrox chocolate wafers were not very sweet, and biting into a Hydrox produced a subtle but distinct contrast between the not-very-sweet cookies and the sweeter (but not nearly so overwhelmingly sweet as Oreo) creme filling. Oreos, and other products like them, have contributed to Americans’ desire for overwhelming sweetness in everything: cookies, cereals, fruit drinks, even toothpaste and over-the-counter medications.

But for the more discerning palate, Hydrox cookies are back, at least for a little while. Kellogg Company has reissued them for a limited run in honor of their 100th anniversary.

Hydrox cookies were introduced as the first creme-filled chocolate sandwich cookie in 1908 by Loose-Wiles Biscuit Company, which later became Sunshine Biscuit Company. Looking for a name that went well with sunshine, the company combined the beginnings of hydrogen and oxygen, the components of water with its connotations of purity and cleanliness. In 1996 Keebler purchased Sunshine Biscuit Company and renamed the cookies Hydrox Ddroxies. In 1999 Keebler reformulated the cookies and called them must Droxies. In 2003 the company stopped making the cookies but, in response to public demand, has brought back Hydrox for a limited time in honor of its 100th anniversary.

Find out more at

And in the meantime, get to your local grocery store. When they’re gone, they’re gone for good.