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Fox Cousteau: Intrepid Explorer, Finder of Fun

I’d like you all to meet Fox Cousteau: Fox Cousteau was a gift from one of my Sisters of the Travelling Chocolate.* The same Sister who has told me, on more than one occasion, that I do not have enough fun.* * Challenge accepted. It started small. I’d take him with me when I went out exploring my new province and send her a picture of him from wherever I was. But then something happened. Fox Cousteau started to develop… a personality. This should not have been a surprise. Writer-folk are always talking about their characters taking on lives...

Holiday Classic: Miracle on 34th Street

I love Miracle on 34th Street. The original 1947 version, of course. In black and white, with Maureen O’Hara, whom I will watch in practically anything.   Seventy years later, this movie¬†still stands up. In fact, in an age of Black Fridays and Cyber Mondays and Boxing Week Blowouts, the film’s anti-commercialism message is even more relevant. Plus, it’s funny and charming and clever, and pretty much guaranteed to make you feel good. I’ve loved Miracle on 34th Street since I was a kid, so it’s probably not surprising that, when I visited New York in 2008, a stop...

It’s Not the Holidays Without Bath and Body Works’ Twisted Peppermint

December 1 – the day I switch on the twinkle¬†lights and start playing Christmas Carols. Also the day I switch from whatever Bath and Body Works scent I’ve been using all fall to my holiday favourite – Twisted Peppermint. Twisted Peppermint has been a tradition for six or seven years now, ever since the Christmas that my Sister of the Traveling Chocolate gave me a bottle of body lotion and a travel size of the antibacterial moisturizer. I only use them one month a year, so I’m still working through those same two bottles. Not only does the delicious...