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Holidays 2010 – ‘Tis the Season to Grow

Holidays 2010 – ‘Tis the Season to Grow

Year-end holiday stress on top of double-digit unemployment and an economy that threatens to relapse into recession has left many Americans feeling utterly helpless and hopeless.  This makes winter 2010 a perfect season for personal growth. 

We all experience key moments in both our personal and professional lives.  I define a ‘key moment’ as a triggering event or situation which presents a challenge and elicits (or demands) a response.  The important thing is not so much the moment itself, but how we respond to it.  

Because when a key moment occurs, we make an important choice to make.  Consciously or unconsciously, we will choose how we will respond.  In large measure, the quality of our lives, our happiness, and our personal effectiveness are determined by that response and how we handle the challenge of a key moment.  

Family Christmas Concert at the Kennedy Center

Concerts at the Kennedy Center are wonderful any time of the year, but they’re especially magical during the holidays when the halls are adorned with seasonal decorations, spirits are jovial, and family activities are in demand. This weekend is a perfect opportunity to enjoy the experience; on Saturday, December 18, The Choral Arts Society of Washington presents a Family Christmas Concert: The Night Before Christmas, a theatrical concert for audiences of all ages.

Join the Artfully Philanthropic at the Dec. 10 Beyond Words Fashion & Art Show

Lisa Jones, The Lollipop Kids Foundation (LPK) and The Art Gallery partner to host its first charity fashion and art show, “Beyond Words”, on Friday, December 10, 2010 at The Art Gallery in the beautiful Washington Design Center, 300 D Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024.

This Saturday, Join Work It, Girl! Networking for its 1st Annual Gobble, Gobble, Giveathon!

Work It, Girl! Networking is hosting its 1st Annual Gobble, Gobble Giveathon!

The coolest Brussel sprouts you'll ever see!

"What in the world is that?"  Bearing more resemblance to a Medieval torture device than a vegetable, it is no wonder people are confused!  Finding Brussel sprouts on the stalk in a grocery store is very rare, although my local Trader Joe's has been carrying them each fall for the past several years.

Take a chance:  buy one if you can.  The first time you bring this strange-looking product home, your family (especially the kids!) will be amazed and intrigued.  And if you prepare it using these easy directions,  the delicious taste will win everyone over.

Snap or cut the individual Brussel sprouts off the stalk.  Remove any wilted or coarse leaves and wash the heads.  If the heads are large, cut in half--otherwise leave them whole.  Place in a sturdy baking dish, drizzle with two tablespoons olive oil, and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt and pepper.

Arlington Family Inspires 5K Fundraiser for Pediatric Brain Cancer

The following was sent to us by Lisa Marie Czop of Brotman Winter Fried Communications:

Arlington, VA – In 2008, Arlington, VA native Alexis Agin was just a typical two-year-old girl; she loved all things pink and sparkly and always keeping her parents busy chasing after her. But after a routine trip to the doctor, Alexis was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a pediatric brain cancer where 95% of children do not live a year past diagnosis.  Alexis is still fighting more than two years later, unfortunately, her struggle continues to worsen and she is left without treatment options at this time.

You are the apple of my eye...and stomach!

Walk into any grocery store these days and you'll be confronted with a dizzying array of apples.  Although available year around, apples especially evoke the essence of fall:  apple harvest, apple cider, apple bobbing, caramel apples, etc.  And why not?  The crisp, sweetness of an apple in the fall makes me think of cooler days, bonfires, and changing leaves.

According to the Virginia State Apple Board (www.virginiaapples.org), Virginia is known for many varieties of apples, including Fuji, Golden Delicious, Gala, Granny Smith, Red Delicious, Winesap, and Rome.  Each variety has its own distinct taste and use, so now is the time of year to experiment!  The tart taste of a Granny Smith apple is completely different from the sweet, juicy Red Delicious apple.