Christmas, for the divorced folk in this world like me, is half a holiday when it comes to actual time spent with our children. That's because the other half is 'Xmas' -- when they spend it with your ex. Christmas, in other words, just got halved.
I have watched many people go through the holidays, trying to cope with complicated emotions. Many are mourning what their families never were, are not now or never will be capable of being. Sexual abuse, alcoholism and drug abuse, even neglect or emotional estrangement becomes more poignant.
There is no alternative to peace in Syria. That is the best route to defeating ISIS. Let's make a beginning with a nationwide ceasefire. It's time for Syrians to settle differences at the negotiating table, rather than on the battlefield.
"Dear Melanie, went to see the New York windows last night, and, OMG, met two gays! Real lives ones. Men!"
Merry Christmas! To celebrate the season, I'm sharing clips, extras and behind-the-scenes notes from Rick Steves' European Christmas.
Be aware that your final product will be a reverse of the original printout, so you may have to flip your photos on the computer if they include writing.
Everything I know about the true meaning of Christmas I learned from Freddie Mercury and the rock band Queen. OK... maybe not everything. Some of it I learned from the prophet Micah.
Throw in all the Santas out there who climb on rooftops, try to drive a sled without proper training and/or drink too much eggnog, and you've got an annual parade of jolly old elves who royally screw up for the internet's enjoyment.
Get your nails done or at least painted. It absolutely gives the illusion that you have your sh*t together for this festive and overwhelming time of year. Talk with your hands! Grab that deviled egg with some pizzazz and show off your dazzling digits. It's Christmas!
In the two years since Jim's passing, I've learned a few things. When it comes to suicide, there's no rulebook. By sharing our stories we can help each other heal and navigate the trickier times, like holidays. Here are five truths I've found useful at Christmas and throughout the year.
It was my father's booming baritone on the answering machine, each flash indicating the number of messages. That morning I only had one. "Christopher, Call home immediately. Call, as soon as you get this"
With Christmas approaching, many parents are undoubtedly facing a familiar dilemma. Numerous adolescents will ask for the latest action oriented game in franchises such as Grand Theft Auto or Call of Duty or Assassin's Creed. Setting aside for a moment that many of these games, just like many movies, are made for and rated for adults, do these games actually harm minors? Are parents bad parents if they give in to their teens' Christmas requests?
What a difference a decade makes. From the most lonely of places, from the darkest of moments, from an abundance of hopelessness, the miracle of Christmas has a particular meaning to me.
Christmas is almost here! Are you guys ready? I just have wrapping left to do... that's more than I can usually say. Well, these animals are ready! They have their special festive hats, trees picked out and are willing and able to help you 'decorate.' Do your animals love to celebrate the holidays? I know my dog has her Christmas jammies picked out. :)
Christianity teaches believers to hold the needs of others above the needs of self. Christmas is the annual expression of that ongoing commitment. Giving to others and sacrificing for others are the lodestars of our planet's largest religion.
With a divorce rate in America hovering around 50%, chances are you, your sister, brother, or friend is either going through or made it through one. Because of that Christmas I'd like to forget, I want to help those of you dysfunctioning families function around the holidays.