Hosting a Halloween party: A few tips for awkward weirdos who hate parties

A guest post by Barbara Sparrow I have always loved Halloween. There were several years (during my 20’s of all decades), when I didn’t dress up for Halloween, and I would have recurring dreams about shopping for a costume, heartbreaking dreams like the ones I had about bread when I tried to do Atkins. But … Continue reading Hosting a Halloween party: A few tips for awkward weirdos who hate parties

Thanksgiving is just dinner: 5 tips for a relaxed turkey day

This post is adapted from something I wrote years ago for a now long abandoned blog, but in spirit of a busy holiday season in which the best way to maintain one's sanity is to cut a few corners, I am unapologetically recycling much of it. For all the fuss I make about Halloween and … Continue reading Thanksgiving is just dinner: 5 tips for a relaxed turkey day

His and hers Halloween reflections and party tips

For the month of October Listing Toward Forty is Listing Toward Halloween, featuring a variety of Halloween posts including many by guest authors. This post is by Alexandra Fliess and Jason A. Fleece. ALEX: As a social worker I explore people’s motivation.  All behavior is a form of communication, it is just a matter of … Continue reading His and hers Halloween reflections and party tips

How to make gløgg mulled wine

People in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood know the nordic mulled wine called glögg in Swedish and gløgg in Norwegian and Danish. It is served at Simon's Tavern each winter, and bottles are sold in local stores. I, however, was quite familiar with this drink well before I moved to the neighborhood because my mother made it for her … Continue reading How to make gløgg mulled wine

List 23: Memories from 20 Christmas parties

On Saturday, I threw my 20th consecutive Christmas party. (As I've stated before, I am an introvert who loves to host parties.) Below are 40 facts and memories from 20 instances of what has often been called the "Kimmy Z Christmas Party." My mother started throwing Christmas parties with lots of food in 1970. She … Continue reading List 23: Memories from 20 Christmas parties