My son is spoiled.
I talked a big game before he was born. “Any kid of mine better get used to hearing the word no,” I’d say. “I’m going to limit the TV, the toys and the sweets.”
Then my wife gave birth to him three years ago and he’s been calling the shots ever since.
It’s always a trip, literally and figuratively, to visit my adult kids in California. When we’re together, our conversations gravitate to the “remember whens.” Our individual recollections vacillate widely: joyful, hilarious or downright sad. This visit, we reminisced about “Christmas past” — a season we shared in another time and place, a lifetime ago. READ
About six years ago, Michael Fedele couldn’t shake the image of a grungy and battered Santa Claus from his mind. The character appeared to him every single day for no apparent reason.
But finally, while driving home from work one day, the fictional Santa’s entire story came to him.
It’s an age-old question, one I’m sure great philosophers such as Socrates, Nietzsche and St. Thomas Aquinas pored over. I think their work on this topic has yet to be uncovered. READ
Someone stole two packages filled with gifts from a Southold woman’s front porch last Wednesday, according to a police report. READ
Raspberries, with their vibrant red hue and succulent sweetness, tend to be a summer crop. READ
The following is The Suffolk Times’ annual listing of Christmas services and special events hosted by local churches.
Christmas is knocking at the door again. The excitement never seems to go away, maybe not as intense as when I was 7 or 10 or even 13, but the feelings are still in me. I hope they’re still within you as well. READ
The spirit of the season sometimes gets lost in the chaos of Christmas shopping, cooking and decorating. READ
At some point, we’ve all received a gift that hasn’t exactly jingled our bells. And, let’s admit it, most of us have given those disappointing gifts as well on occasion — usually unintentionally. We figured it would be more fun to run a column about bad gifts than good ones. (more…)