How to Find Extra Christmas Cash, for things you’re already doing

How to Find Extra Christmas Cash, for things you’re already doing

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  Also the most expensive.  And the busiest.  But with a little strategy, you can use the busyness to take some bite out of the expense.  How?  By making sure you’re getting the maximum cash back for all the gift-giving, grocery shopping, show-going, dining out, and hosting and…

Weekend in the White Mountains

Weekend in the White Mountains

The bare trees stood a spooky blackish brown against the grey sky, their finger-y branches reaching out as if to grab someone.  The evergreens enjoyed their once-yearly time to shine as the brightest family in the neighborhood.  The mountains appeared to step forward, their white, grey, blue, and occasional purple unobscured by blooming flowers or…

A Special Christmas

A Special Christmas

Christmas was extra-special this year because it was the first one I spent with my now two-year-old niece. And it was worth trying to drive up to my parents’ Massachusetts home between snowstorms. I didn’t quite meet that challenge; the snow started up again while I was in Connecticut, but I managed to slide my…

Light Posting Ahead

Owing to the demands of Christmas, Slaying Leviathan, and the rest of life, posting at this blog will be infrequent until 2009. Merry Christmas! Leslie CarboneLeslie Carbone is a former Cabinet speechwriter who’s having much more fun as a lifestyle blogger. RedditShareTweetPin

Lost in Queens.  And Brooklyn.  Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island too.

Lost in Queens. And Brooklyn. Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island too.

You just never want to see this sign. I used to fly when I visited my parents in Massachusetts.  Three Christmases ago, this trauma even came with a compensation.  The flight attendant was a former New York City cop, which gave a special sweetness to the landing announcement: Ladeez an gennulmun, welcome tah Booistun–home of…

More Christmas Decorations at Colonial Williamsburg

More Christmas Decorations at Colonial Williamsburg

Thanks to those of you who made last week’s post on Christmas decorations at Colonial Williamsburg so popular, I’m posting some more pictures here. The horn shape is a sign of prosperity: Real ribbon, an 18th-century luxury item, is used to hang these simple wreaths at the milliner’s shop: This wreath is a horse’s collar:…