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Family Time, by Diane Chase

Snow brings out the best in people

For most of the winter season, we live in a snow globe. It feels magical when I see the online snow-filled photos. People are skiing with a blue sky backdrop or sipping hot chocolate after sledding on a perfectly groomed hill. The social media version of winter evolves into a Hallmark ...

The customer is not always right

I understand the business philosophy of “the customer is always right.” It just isn’t true. Somewhere along consumerism’s winding pathway, some people have lost sight that our small business owners and workers are society’s lifeblood. I’m not sure what rung of the ladder gives ...

New year and new beginnings

New Year’s Eve traditions are supposed to bring luck and prosperity for the upcoming year. From midnight kisses and countdowns to good wishes and resolutions, all customs are part of gesturing in the New Year. Since I’m just as superstitious about bringing in any bad luck, I’ll bring ...

Helping through the holidays

During COVID, my daughter started a local food pantry in Bloomingdale. She was worried about friends who wouldn’t have enough to eat. These people weren’t faceless or nameless. They didn’t live in a different time zone. It wasn’t a matter of just writing a check based on a mailer. They ...

Takeout food

I am a fan of takeaway or takeout, depending on what you call food to go. It is convenient. Occasionally, the floor of my car or the front of my jacket shows my need for a quick meal. Food can be ordered by phone or online. Food can be delivered, picked up, or driven to a window to get it. We ...

The tear-jerk commercial

I cry more preparing for Christmas than any other time of the year. It isn’t for the stress, though we all know there is plenty of that, and it isn’t for the loss of family—we’ve all experienced those situations. I am genuinely sorry for anyone suffering any loss or stress. Does it ...