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Carolling. Photo © Dwight Sipler, via flickr and creative commons

Consider the messages in holiday carols played in minor keys

“This qualifies as a barbaric cultural practice,” Nature Boy said the other day when we were grocery shopping. “I’m sure I’m not the only person who feels deep and lasting psychological distress at being subjected to holiday carols non-stop from November 1 through December.” He paused to survey the candy-cane Read more →

Saint Nicholas taking on new experiences by exchanging reindeer and sled for a goat. Image: WikiCommons (

Investing in shared experiences increases happiness

A friend rings me in December every year and warbles, “Santa baby, slip a sable under the tree for me.” Her sometime-Eartha Kitt, sometime-Madonna Material Girl imitation morphs into one of a 10-year-old requesting a hippopotamus for Christmas. Then she moves onto the greedier lines of Jolly Old Saint Nicholas, Read more →

Humans get more nutrition from tastier food

  ’Tis the season. Those who are dear to us gather near to us to feast, share and converse. We assemble around the groaning board, and retire from it, groaning, “I couldn’t eat another thing.” But when they pass around the coffee and the pumpkin pie, we gather our resources, Read more →