December 2010

Yes, Virginia…

by Joanne Mason on December 24, 2010

In 1897, Virginia O’Hanlon wrote this famous letter to the editor of the New York Sun: Dear Editor – I am 8 years old.  Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.  Papa says, “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.”  Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa […]


From Scratch

by Joanne Mason on December 20, 2010

As the holidays approach, a lot of us are baking goodies – cookies, cakes, pies, for example – to share with family and friends and to give as gifts.  Just yesterday, a friend mentioned she was baking for a co-worker’s Christmas present.  And a friend’s 3-year-old daughter was spending the day with her aunt, making […]


Get One’s Goat

by Joanne Mason on December 12, 2010

We’ll be decorating our Christmas tree soon, which means I’ll be telling my annual story about my father and the Dukes of Hazzard. “The Dukes of Hazzard” was a popular American TV show in the early 1980s, featuring Bo and Luke Duke and the 1969 Dodge Charger they called the General Lee.  (I don’t remember […]