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Swap your shopping experience: What if 're-gifting' could be a means of building community?
Sometimes, a great gift just needs a second chance at landing in the right hands: the sweater may be fabulous, but not quite the right size, the coffee mug may be delightful, but the cupboard is already full. That's when a gift swap such as the one to be hosted by the Congregation of the Humility of Mary on Dec. 5 can be just the ticket. Participants bring in new or gently-used gift items and get the chance to exchange it for something someone else brought.
The holiday gift swap is entering its fifth year. It will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Humility of Mary Center, 820 West Central Park Avenue, Davenport, Iowa.
Time for treats! Warm up to these flavorful, seasonal indulgences
I have a memory of making cookies with my mother when I was a young girl. As we spooned the batter onto the cookie sheet, I looked up at her and asked why her face had lines around her mouth and mine didn't. Without missing a beat, Mom said to me, "Those are my laugh lines. You have to smile many, many times to get them. They're beautiful, because they tell people you've been happy a lot in life."
Just like that, my mom gave me a great blessing.... More »
Homestead holidays: On the farm and in the city, gifts for sustainable living
Homesteading. Once upon a time, it was a word that called to mind prairie schooners rolling across the grasslands in search of 160 acres to support a family. Today, it's a term just as likely to refer to an urban dweller with a vegetable plot and an interest in living sustainably. As the term has evolved, so has American culture — and our understanding about what sustainable lifestyles and communities look like.
At its heart,... More »
Cozy critters: Tips on caring for your pet in cold weather
The cold weather is a great reason to spend more time at home with your favorite furry friend, making winter the perfect time for bonding with your pets. With below-freezing temperatures quickly approaching, how can you help make this winter a happy and safe one for you and your pets? Here are answers from area experts to common questions about winter pet care.
Question: Do dogs really need sweaters and coats?
Answer: Yes. No. OK... More »
That Tree: Finding renewal in a picture-a-day project
Who would have thought taking photos of a tree with a cell phone would be a powerful source of inspiration and healing? Certainly not Mark Hirsch, a former photographer for the Dubuque Telegraph Herald. When he took the first shot of "that tree" on his way to his home, he had no idea what kind of journey would follow. It was one that would culminate in a published book, thousands of Facebook followers, national coverage, and — perhaps above all... More »
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