Taking Care of Tannenbaum!!

Taking Care of Tannenbaum!! Christmas is coming! The presents have been purchased – most of them anyway – and now is the time to start thinking about that tree. Christmas trees come in all shapes and sizes, from the huge natural tree that towers above the White House lawn every season to little artificial ones […]

How to Celebrate the Holidays Virtually!

How to Celebrate the Holidays Virtually! By Ashley Rosson Unfortunately, as COVID rears its ugly head again, a lot of us will be quarantined to our state or even our houses and not able to visit family members for the Holidays! I decided to scour the Internet to find some of the best ways to […]

Pets of the Month

Pets of the Month Your holiday shopping can support animals in need at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria! Learn more about gifts that bring smiles to people and animals at AlexandriaAnimals.org/HolidayShopping. Your gifts support adoptable animals like Princess Peach, Claire, Tank and many more! Schedule an appointment to meet any of our adoptable animals […]

A Holiday to Remember: If Only for the Lesson in Gratitude

Open Space By Lori Welch Brown A Holiday to Remember If Only for the Lesson in Gratitude I have to admit, I’ve experienced some pretty crappy holidays.  Ghosts of Christmas’ past still haunt me.  Too many years to count as a single adult vanquished to the kiddie table.  The year Mom was sick, and I […]

White House Egg Nog – One for the Ages

By Walter Scheib et al. White House Egg Nog – One for the Ages This recipe from former White House Chef Walter Scheib, The American Chef, was published in this space shortly after he left his post on Pennsylvania Avenue and we have decided it might be a nice thing to do annually.  We met […]

Separation of Church and State

Written by ©2020 Sarah Becker Separation of Church and State “A nation’s character, like that of an individual, is elusive,” Congressional candidate John F. Kennedy [D-MA] said on July 4, 1946.  “It is produced partly by the things we have done and partly by what has been done to us…It is well for us to […]

A Winter’s Tale by Pauline Frechette

By Ron Powers A Winter’s Tale by Pauline Frechette Pauline Frechette has outdone herself on her latest EP. A Winter’s Tale showcases Frechette’s unique aesthetic abilities and captures the feeling of the winter season in a way I’ve never experienced before. For me, the songs on this title express the silent beauty found in nature […]

Fishing for Holiday Gifts – Annual Guide

By Steve Chaconas Fishing for Holiday Gifts – Annual Guide Shopping for anglers is frustrating; but for the person on the receiving end, there’s a guaranteed stint in the return line! Choose gifts for on and off the water! When fishing expert AFTCO makes a hoodie, it’s a sure thing it isn’t just carrying a […]

Five Holiday Skin Sins

Five Holiday Skin Sins By Lauren Bowling Forget Hallmark movies or Christmas trees in Home Depot. I know the holiday season has started when my skin starts freaking out on Black Friday. If you’re like me and experience multiple nasty breakouts every yuletide season, you’re not alone. And while you may wonder, “Is it just the types of […]

Year-end Planning Checklist

By Carl Trevison and Stephen Bearce Year-end Planning Checklist Taking these ten actions before year-end will help ensure you’re still working toward your financial goals—and that you’re prepared for the upcoming tax season. 1. Review your portfolio with your financial advisor to help ensure your allocation still aligns with your goals. 2. Ask your financial […]