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We had wassail, now see the results!

Wassail Weekend is something I have looked forward to every year since I was a student at Texas Woman’s University. Whenever I invite friends and family, the response is “What is Wassail?” Wassail is a drink very similar to apple cider. It gets its name from an old Norse phrase, meaning “good…

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Welcome Home, Dentonites—Now Here’s Where to Celebrate

There’s something special about Homecoming week. It might be the pageantry, the traditions and the camaraderie you see. For some, it might even the football—if you haven't heard, our hometown Mean Green are doing pretty dang good this season. But for me, it’s the stories: The ones you hear from…

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Denton's September events welcome Harvey victims

September in Denton is busy. Quite literally, there is a festival every single weekend this month. My planned writing schedule for this column included features about these events, the first being this coming Saturday’s Arts & Autos Extravaganza. Then came Harvey. The entire gulf coast of Texas is…

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Festive Weekend Ahead Welcomes Holidays to Denton

Tim and I will celebrate our first Christmas in our new Denton home this year. Thanksgiving? Well it was a blur. Having just moved, only our youngest son ventured our way to give thanks and eat dinner. It’s a good thing, too, because settling in is taking longer than it might were we not sharing our…

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Save big at the Holiday Open House

I don't know about the rest of y'all, but the holidays have snuck up on me this year. My boss, Kim, tells us in January every year to start our holiday shopping and, as per usual, we ignored her, thinking "we've got plenty of time!" Then, the next thing we know, we're racing coffins down Hickory…

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Holiday Open House – Ready or Not, It’s Time to Shop!

It’s a warm, muggy Denton day in November. As I am writing this week’s column, I feel a bit like one of the forgotten on the Island of Misfit Toys that Santa passed over on the old “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” animated holiday TV special; except it’s fall and not Santa that seems to have passed…

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Get more than rocks this Halloween

Gone are the days of the crew of Peanuts, who set out every year sans-parents with their paper bags, excited to see what their neighborhood had in store for candy and homemade goodies ("I got three cookies!" "I got a popcorn ball!" "I got a rock.") Thankfully, we live in Denton, where there is no…

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Shop Denton this Holiday Season

Strings of street lights Even stop lights Blink a bright red and green As the shoppers rush home with their treasures… That time of year has come…what do I get that one aunt that I only see once a year? How do I decide on just one (or two or three) things to get my best friend or significant other…

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The 80/20 Rule: Thanks to the 20

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to speak to a group of new recruits to the North Texas Alumni Association about how best to take advantage of their membership. Seeing as how I work at the Chamber of Commerce, a membership organization, and I hold membership in numerous professional and…

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