How Do You Eclipse An Eclipse? BY PAT BURNS What could possibly eclipse an eclipse? Turning it into a family reunion adventure of course! With four siblings and their kids,

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Never Too Young to Tablescape BY PAT BURNS Twice a month on Saturday mornings, my 6-year-old great-granddaughter, Rylan, stays with me while her daddy joins other vibrant 30-year-olds for a

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Luck of the Irish: Elevating St. Patrick’s Day with Sophisticated Style BY PAT BURNS Being half-Irish and named after the patron saint of Ireland, I think I’m entitled to go all

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Grandmother’s Grand Bowl BY PAT BURNS Maybe this has happened to you, too. You walk into a charming shop and something catches your eye and it instantly captivates you. You

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What CBS Sunday Morning Has Taught Me BY PAT BURNS Launched in 1979, CBS Sunday Morning has been a part of my life. I was 31 years old at that

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Valentine Tablescape BY PAT BURNS Because I enjoy tablescaping for every holiday, you’d think it would be easy to repeat the holiday table themes year after year. All I need

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Holiday Decorating When Physically Disabled BY PAT BURNS Was 2023 a turning point for you? It was for me. At the beginning of this year, I had two serious injuries

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A Charcuterie Board Your Family Will Love BY PAT BURNS If you plan on celebrating the yearend holidays or the New Year with friends and family, you might want to

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BY PAT BURNS The Golden Bachelor, which debuted on ABC on Sept. 28, expanded its Bachelor Nation viewers to a more mature audience. Being one of those mature viewers, I

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Matchbook Memories and Offbeat Places BY PAT BURNS Many years after I retired from my professional speaking career, I sometimes like to rummage through the countless matches I have sitting

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Tablescaping with Sea Turtles BY PAT BURNS Thinking about warm summer days and so many fun times at the beach gave me reason enough to bring back my “Sea Turtles”

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Sea Turtles for A Dinner Theme? Why Not! BY PAT BURNS Now that travel has opened and is becoming more popular as in pre-pandemic times, I’ve begun thinking of far-away

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Spring:  It’s Lemonade Time! BY PAT BURNS Spring has sprung! This is the time to embrace longer days and the warmth of more sunshine; enjoy the sights of new lime

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Leap’n Leprechauns! Let’s Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! BY PAT BURNS Everyone can be Irish for a day. By setting a table with the traditional St. Patrick’s Day hoopla of shamrocks,

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Hearts and Flowers and Candy – Oh My! BY PAT BURNS From the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy said it best; “There’s no place like home.” This Valentine’s Day, I plan

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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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