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Dec 30

2018

The Day Before

The following story actually occurred several years ago. What I thought then was an isolated wake-up call has since become my mantra, a paradigm shift worth sharing for the difference it makes. Like many people the week before Christmas, I was dashing around trying to get last minute holiday preparations wrapped up. The radio was […]

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Dec 23

2018

“That’s What Christmas is about, Charlie Brown.”

This is my favorite season for TV. I confess, I am a sucker for sappy Christmas movies and always have been. I don’t watch much TV the rest of the year. But starting with “The Charlie Brown Christmas” special and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” I am in until my boys take over the TV for […]

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Dec 16

2018

Retirement Next in Chuck Carpenter Story

John Steinbeck first brought Route 66 to life in his 1939 Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction novel The Grapes of Wrath, a sad saga of Tom Joad and his family trying to escape The Great Depression’s grip after losing their farm to the Dust Bowl. The story is about their difficult journey to California along Route 66, […]

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Dec 09

2018

A Denton Holiday Shopping Guide

When I was a kid, Christmas began when the Sears catalogue arrived in our mailbox. I am the eldest of four, and my mom gave each of us our own colored marker with which to scour the catalogue and circle things we wished Santa might bring when he and his reindeer landed at our house […]

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Dec 02

2018

Think Local

In the world of destination marketing, visitors are considered the target. Hotel stays are typically a major focus, and considering the primary funding source for most destination marketing ventures, it makes sense. The marketing is usually fueled by hotel tax generated by overnight visitors with the purpose of reinvesting the money in more marketing to […]

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Nov 25

2018

Here We Come A-Wassailing

Christmastime is here. You know that smell the heater makes the first time it comes on for the season? That’s one of the smells that tell. Other signals to the senses are pine and spruce, cinnamon and cloves, chimney smoke, pumpkin bread, roasted pecans, and wassail. Wassail is one of my favorite holiday traditions. I […]

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Nov 18

2018

Thanksgiving offers chance to reflect on blessings

Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday.According to History.com, this is how it all began:“In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. […]

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Nov 11

2018

Nouveau: Beaujolais and Football Meet in Denton

“Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé!” Translation: The new Beaujolais has arrived. Actually, it is arriving in Denton right on time this Thursday, November 15 at the Campus Theatre’s 21st-annual fundraiser, “Beaujolais and More” wine, beer and food festival. It’s right on time because the third Thursday in November is Beaujolais Nouveau Day, the official release […]

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Nov 04

2018

Welcome Center Launches Denton-Centric Gift Service

Something new is happening at the Discover Denton Welcome Center (DDWC) in downtown Denton. Randi Sue Surratt joined the Denton Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) team in October 2016 as the DDWC Merchandising Manager. Store sales support about one-third of the DDWC’s operational costs, private sponsorships and a portion of Hotel Occupancy Tax comprising the […]

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Oct 28

2018

The Planner’s Zone: Wowed About Denton

The following story is true. The names have been changed to protect the innocent. It was pure luck of the draw that got her stuck with the job. Mr. Morgan gave the task to his top admin team. “It doesn’t matter to me which of you takes this on, but one of you own it […]

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