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December 9, 2016

Don't Enrich Charity Cheaters

I usually don't give money to the people who sit outside grocery stores claiming they are working for a worthy cause. Unfortunately, many of these people represent fake organizations, often just keeping the money for themselves.

Sometimes I give money, or buy a meal, for hungry street beggars, especially women who appear homeless. These people are straightforward about the fact that they are asking for help for themselves, so I know exactly where my money is going.

December 8, 2016

Silly Christmas Gifts

Office parties, pot luck dinners, relatives that need a gift but are hard to shop for? Sometimes a little humor will save the day.

Considering the kinds of crazy tech items that really are available out there, the "Bathe and Brew" almost seems believable. The drawback is that you still have to come up with a real gift to pack inside the joke box.

I have never had a cat who would tolerate wearing a hat. Some people have more patient pets, or maybe they're just more persistent than I am. Although the "cats love it" slogan seems overly optimistic, if you have a fan of animal cosplay on your list, this unicorn horn might be just the thing.

December 7, 2016

What You Believe Changes What You See

I just heard someone say, "If your theory doesn't match the facts, you need to change your theory." This good-sense advice may seem obvious, but people often do just the opposite.

Theory becomes belief, and belief is perceived as truth. When it doesn't fit the facts, rather than admit that what we believe isn't true, and change our theory to fit the facts, we prefer to twist our interpretation of the facts to fit our theory, which has now become dogma.

It is clear that this happens all too often in politics, religion, history, economics, and many kinds of research.

December 5, 2016

Holiday Lingerie

If you are a fan of sparkly or red sleepwear and underthings, this is the time of year to stock up.

Most manufacturers make red lingerie available from December through Valentine's Day. The rest of the year, it can be hard to find a good selection in this popular color.

The holiday shopping season is also when you're likely to find the widest selection of fancy bathrobes, pajamas, and slippers. Whether you are looking for Christmas gifts, presents for later in the year, or something for yourself, this is the best time to find what you want.

December 4, 2016

Still Shopping?

It hardly seems as though another year has passed, but here we are, in the midst of the holiday gifting season, roaming the malls or browsing the Web, looking for ideas.

Over the years, I have radically cut back on the number of gifts I give and receive. Most of the time I don't need more stuff, and the people I know usually don't need more stuff, either. One year I wrote a letter to my extended family, letting them know that Hubby and I would no longer be participating in the annual gift exchange. I'm sure they were relieved. We certainly were.