Walsh’s Wonderings — Movies and the meaning of Christmas

There are so many things working against us during the holidays. The days are shorter, the nights longer, and the list of gifts we need to buy can seem endless. Santa’s impossible standard of delivering gifts to every person on the planet in one night is a perfection prescription for inadequacy. From as early as I can remember, I turned … read more

Walsh’s Wonderings — Christmas tchotchkes

My wife is a fan of tchotchkes, those decorative trinkets that have no intrinsic function other to annoy innocent husbands everywhere. Tiny figurines and pithy sayings painted on signs soil our shelves like weeds on a manicured lawn. Our window ledges and bookshelves creak under the weight of energy crystals, decorative vases and tiny potted cacti. Holidays, therefore, become opportunities … read more

Walsh’s Wonderings — Thanksgiving dinner

Thanksgiving is the one holiday that provides instructions for its celebration right in the name. While it has morphed into one of football’s High Holy Days, it remains one of America’s best occasions for a true family meal. The level of gratitude for that meal varies by family and the amount of political banter your mom allows at the table. … read more

Walsh’s Wonderings — Election healing

Many of us are probably still nursing a citizenship hangover after Tuesday’s elections. Regardless of where we fall ideologically, it’ll take a while to recover from the most expensive campaign season in our nation’s history. That recovery will occur faster if we recognize our biological predisposition toward healing. Our bodies are proof that we were meant to find balance as … read more