Some Old, Some New for 2022 BY PAT BURNS Right after the year-end holidays, I’m ready to put away the Christmas decorations room-by-room. At last, a host of trees, lights,

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Here a Gnome, There a Gnome…Everywhere a Gnome Gnome BY PAT BURNS It began last year when one of my best friends gave me a lovable, soft gnome as a

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Turning Tables into Triumphs and TV Shows What began as a creative and pleasurable escape from the demands of running the largest children’s book festival in North America has evolved

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BY PAT BURNS SET! Film Review A feature documentary by Scott Gawlik As a parent and a grandparent, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve shouted out to the

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Glam’n It Up for Halloween BY PAT BURNS A classic black and white color scheme can work just about everywhere and for everything, and Halloween is no exception. For this

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Yoga Pants, Masks, and Eyebrows BY PAT BURNS While waiting for COVID vaccine, even the smallest of things can help bring some joy. Being comfortable rises to the top of

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Pumpkin Season Is the Reason BY PAT BURNS This time of year, for most GRANDS living in North America, means the sun begins to rise later and nightfall comes sooner. More

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September’s Tablescape –  The African Queen BY PAT BURNS Some of us have been fortunate enough to visit Africa and experience wild animals roaming freely, its enormous vistas, picturesque plains,

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BY PAT BURNS Longer days and warmer nights are just two of the more pleasant highlights we’re able to enjoy during summertime. Perfect for entertaining. And … nothing says summertime

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Kaboom! Celebrating Independence Day in Style BY PAT BURNS Celebrating the 4th of July is one of the summer’s utmost fun times. In 2020, extravagant fireworks and neighborhood parades were

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Hey Y’all, It’s Father’s Day. Yee-haw! For many families Mother’s Day celebration generally includes a fancy brunch where endless mimosas are poured. Maybe even champagne! So what is it Dads

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Holy Guacamole! A Cinco de Mayo Tablescape BY PAT BURNS When it’s time for a fun gathering of friends, nothing says fun like chips, salsa, and tacos! And, if you

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Tablescaping: Move Over Martha BY PAT BURNS Since the beginning of time artists have provided not only beauty and enjoyment to our tedious lives – art has provided us a

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A Concerto…Is A Heartwarming Gift to Give Yourself BY PAT BURNS If you’ve got 13 minutes and would like to be moved by an inspiring true story, I would recommend

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To ZOOM or Not to ZOOM?   That is the question. BY PAT BURNS Shakespeare’s opening phrase of a soliloquy given by Prince Hamlet in the so-called “nunnery scene” could apply

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BY PAT BURNS From Russia With Love There’s been plenty of media coverage around questionable behavior coming from Russia. It’s also fair to say, there are many good things that

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Ending Disease film review for GRAND MAGAZINE By Pat Burns Ending Disease is an important film featuring scientists, doctors, and lawmakers who are committed to working towards a cure using stem

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RBG – It’s more than a collar…it’s a rite of passage BY PAT BURNS With tween and teen girls’ thoughts ranging from today’s distanced learning to restricted afterschool sports activities,

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Score One for Grammy BY PAT BURNS aka Grammy Ever since my 11-year old granddaughter became an avid reader, it’s become slightly problematic spending time with her. Rather than anything

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Newport Beach Film Fest:  For Film Aficionados and Popcorn Lovers By Pat Burns Maybe you’re like me. I find there’s something special about giving my friends an insider scoop on

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