Holiday Stress Management Tips!

Holiday Stress Management Tips, Week 3

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This week’s tips are: #1 – Make a plan for the next week by setting specific times for activities, menu planning, grocery shopping, etc. Then, stick to it. #2 – Include “down time” in those plans – you’ll be better for it! #3 – If you have to say ‘yes’ to something (an unexpected social invitation, overtime at work) say …

XMas Palm Trees

HO, HO, HO Hawaii!

Tracey Bucket List

Sherry writes: It’s simple – Christmas in Hawaii! (Click here to see what others have checked off their ‘bucket lists’)

Statue with Gull

No romantic interest co-worker

Tracey Columns

Dear Tracey, My company holiday party is coming up and I don’t know what to do. One of my co-workers, a very nice man, has seems to have a crush on me. His wife died two years ago. He’s so sad and lonely. He’ll say things that make me very uncomfortable, like complimenting my blouse or telling me what a …

XMas Ornament

Holiday Treasures

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Like many of you, we put up our Christmas tree last weekend. It occurred to me that each year it feels like it takes longer and longer. At first I wondered if it was because we were another year older. (What will we do when we can’t climb up into the attic? Put that on my long term planning list!) …



Tracey Good News

‘Kids In Need of Desks’ is the joint effort of Unicef and MSNBC’s ‘The Last Word.” It’s goal? To help educate the children of Malawi. The premise is simple: kids learn better if they are comfortably positioned to learn … rather than sitting on the floor for up to seven hours a day. Though donations totaling $4.5 million dollars, more …


Sharing traditions

Tracey Who's doing what?

My son is dating a lovely young woman who is Jewish. We are Catholics. (If he has any sense he’ll ask her to marry him!) We will be having them over for Christmas dinner but I want her to feel her religion is honored. Even though Hanukkah ends on December 16th this year, I called her and asked if she …

Holiday Stress Management Tips!

Holiday Stress Management Tips, Week 2

Tracey Ask Tracey

This week’s tips are: #1 – If you will be traveling, simplify, simplify, simplify! Pack light and take your time coming and going. #2 – If you are shipping  packages, sooner is better than later. Set up a corner in your house for all wrapping materials or, if you can afford it, utilize the many different shipping options stores offer. …


Once in a lifetime …

Tracey Bucket List

Bob writes: I always wanted a luxury car but as the father of four, I could never afford one. But on a recent trip to Los Angeles, with my Bucket List burning a hole in my brain,  I rented a convertible Porsche. I spent one entire day cruising the coast. Top down, warm breeze, exhilarating ride. Worth every penny! (Click …


What holiday spirit?

Tracey Columns

Dear Tracey, I’ve been reading your column for years. You have always struck me as a level headed person. I always like your perspective on things. So, I wonder just how you approach the holiday season? Has it changed since you’ve aged? What do you do now that maybe you didn’t do when you were raising kids? I ask because …

Gift Book


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I’m one of those people who likes to give gifts, thoughtful, meaningful things that let the other person know I truly ‘get’ them.  Sometimes I buy these treasures, sometimes I craft them but what I always aim for is a gift that somehow the reflects the recipient. These gifts aren’t usually expensive and that’s the best part. With a little …