Under the cloak of darkness, I handed out all my socks again. That was nine years ago. Every week on my way to one of my workouts I'll hand out as many socks as I can (and now gloves too when it's cold). Some of the regulars call me "The Sock Guy."
By the time I phone home, this man has discussed our plight with his wife, who has whispered to their three kids, who begin teaching us the spirit of Christmas. They insist we take a room at their already-full inn.
There are only a few days left until Christmas, so in case you've just noticed an empty corner of your home that could use more holiday cheer, or you'...
December 25th as the date of the birth of Jesus can be traced back to the early 3rd century CE although it did not achieve more universal recognition ...
This will be 15th consecutive Christmas thousands of our troops spend in harm's way, on the cruel battlefields of the Middle East, instead of at ho...
Christmas can be a stressful time for people for various reasons. For the mature woman, fluctuating hormone levels that only a woman experiencing menopause will truly understand compound this stress.
It's a week before Christmas and it's 32°C here in Melbourne. That sentence explains nearly everything to contrast the "holidays" in Oz compared to the Bay Area. Thirty-two degrees Celsius, by the way, is 97°F according to my handy temperature conversion app on my phone.
The Pollination Project makes micro grants every day of the year to social changemakers who have a plan and a project to help create a more kind, compassionate, peaceful and sustainable world.
The universe is a crazy, chaotic place filled with dark matter, tiny dogs that bite your ankles, black holes, the McRib, holes in the ozone layer, Adam Sandler movies, imploding suns, and people from Boston. It can be a horribly dark and confusing. Yet, there are ways to use this to your advantage, especially around this time of year.
High in Switzerland, the mighty Alps seem to shout the glory of God. Up here, where villages huddle under towering peaks, Christmas fills a wintry wonderland with good cheer. Traditions are strong and celebration comes with families, friends, and fun.
There are many social norms that dictate gift-giving, including when, how and what to give as gifts. Interestingly, these norms don't seem to be about making sure that recipients get the gifts they want. What makes for a good or bad gift often differs in the eyes of givers and recipients.
So this Christmas, and every Christmas since I first saw her, my eyes will search the city's streets, for she is somewhere out there, she is in every person with a hand held out, and eyes searching, not so much for money, as for hope.
Having to go to a store for gifts drastically reduces the options that the internet provides. This makes you a prime victim of purchasing the Stealthily Lazy Gift.
Picking out and decorating a Christmas tree is one of my favorite parts of the holiday season. Though I know that everyone's Christmas tree preferences are different, I personally like to set up a real tree with a big, glowing star on top.
While I certainly put myself in this place, and accept full responsibility for my criminal actions, I still can't shake the yearning to simply be home. While the mind of a convict is anything but ideal, I think that we can all benefit from this perspective. This year, let's all take some time to appreciate those who are around us and what they mean to us.