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Christmas Memories

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.
There are many of us for whom the secular Christmas is fraught with landmines of memories. In our dysfunctional ways we learn to manage these memories. We avoid the holiday, we suffer through it, or we make it an MGM spectacular event. I chose the Hollywood option. I loved making Christmas special when I was a young wife and mother.…
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The greatest Christmas gift ever

By Billie Brown
Except for the usual commercial ones, we had no special Christmas traditions in my family when I was a child. We didn’t even prepare our own dinner, since the head of the household, a career military man, was expected to show up, family in tow, to partake of the U.S. Army’s generic holiday spread at the officers’ mess. That was…
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Lifestyle

Thanksgiving Day: A Day of Introspection and Gratitude

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.
I did not feel well enough to travel this holiday. Normally, I would have pushed my way through it, but my husband gave me this gift of the day, the turkey and stuffing and pumpkin pie that I needed for my soul. I needed time to be and not do more than I could do, for just one holiday. I…
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