High in the Andes south of Quito, artisans in the farming community of Tigua have been decorating drums and masks in remarkable color and detail for centuries. About 40 years ago, someone in Tigua had the idea of painting on sheepskin, and these works of art are now widely collected and prized for their vibrant depictions of all kinds of festivals.
It can be particularly difficult to find appropriate (and appreciated!) gifts for our older relatives, friends or clients. So what's the secret to success when shopping for the senior in your life? Do you go with practical or fun? High-tech or low-tech?
Though for us moving toward the Winter Solstice light is now diminishing, yoga philosophy suggests there is a light within that never wanes.
The holiday season should be a happy and joyful time of year, but I know it can also be a time of stress and even depression. The important lessons are that ongoing, open, and honest conversations are essential.
Ebenezer Scrooge's transformation into a generous man may seem all too familiar. But it hasn't looked this fresh in a long time.
How about something edible or even better? Let's put a little oomph and pizzazz into the gift giving this season.
Every century has its own take on Christmas. When I was asked to compile a new anthology for the British Library picking out some of the most memorable stories and poetry about Christmas through the ages, it did not take long to discover how diverse the material would be.
George's decision thwarts Mr. Potter's greedy attempts to control Bedford Falls, and improves the lives of George's family and friends. But what is the cost to George and the rest of us when we let our heart's desire wither and die?
With the holiday season upon us, more likely than not you have some presents to wrap. And, if you're like me, you can never find the tape when you need some to wrap a present.
High style doesn't have to come with a high price tag. Get creative and use objects you have around the house to provide seasonal accents.
At their worst, LED Christmas lights exude every bit of the warmth of a fluorescent-lit morgue. At their best, they're on par with strip club neon lighting. The problem is that the older incandescent Christmas bulbs, which cast a much warmer light, are huge energy hogs.
Finding the perfect gift for everyone really is one of the most satisfying things ever. If you are stuck buying yet another tie for your father, here are some out of the box ideas that will bring a smile to even the "hardest-to-shop-for-person-ever."
Here's a basic and tough truth: Forgive. (Repeat; forgive). The loss of energy in harboring resentment and even hate is incalculable. So, break a heavy silence. Tell the truth instead of a lie. Start a new action by making a telephone call you've been afraid of.
Physical activity decreases during winter months: From Halloween through New Year's Day, eating tends to increase, with lots of candy and treats. Let's consider some healthy gift ideas for a change this holiday season! Here are some ideas that are healthy and educational.
Sometimes holiday gift ideas hit you at the strangest moments; in my case, it was during the recently televised American Music Awards. There I was in...