December 17, 2009 RSS feed / Features

Think Savings And Safety For Holiday Cheer This Year

This year's holiday shopping reports suggest that competitive bargain-hunting is the dominant trend among families who have spent the year making only purchases of necessity. More...

This Holiday, Give A Gift That Gives Back

Gift cards will be the most requested gift this year, with nearly 55 percent of consumers reporting they would like to receive a gift card this holiday season, according to the National Retail Federation. More...

Top 10 Pet Health Tips For The Holidays

Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and Kwanzaa – no matter what you’re celebrating, pet owners need to remember to keep their pets safe and healthy for the holidays. More...

Joel Salatin Advocates A Better Way To Raise Food

Farmer/lecturer Joel Salatin champions “moral farming” as a better way to raise food

Joel Salatin, self-professed owner of that lengthy honorific, has a personality bigger than the Grain Belt and a genius for farming that has made him a glib, brilliant prophet to a growing movement of backto nature farmers from California to Swoope, More...

Outdoor Cats Are Easy Prey For Coyotes

Known as hunters, outdoor cats become the prey

Cat lover Lisa Harris used to let her seven felines roam outdoors – until she saw a coyote waltzing across her front yard. Since then, Dr. Harris, a wildlife biologist who lives in Tucson, Ariz., has kept her cats indoors 24/7. More...

Financial Focus

Smart Financial Moves Can Help Brighten Holiday Season

If you’re like many people, you’re watching your dollars extra carefully this year as you do your holiday shopping. And that’s a good thing, because even in the best of times, it’s never wise to go overboard on gifts. More...

A Gift Of Jewelry For Special Women In Your Life

You probably have some important women to shop for this season – maybe a wife or daughter, your mom or sister. Need some ideas? Think jewelry. More...

Holiday Giving: How To Choose A Charity

By Jeremiah A. Hall THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR SAN FRANCISCO – In June 2006, when Wendy Maholic learned that her husband, a master sergeant, had been killed in Afghanistan, her thoughts turned to her 10- year-old son. More...

The ABCs Of Choosing Gifts for Teachers

The tradition of giving gifts to teachers during the holiday season is still going strong. More...

’Tis The Season For Holiday Baking

When it comes to whipping up holiday treats, butter is definitely better. You're gearing up for the season and will be spending lots of quality time with the herd. More...

Quick And Easy Cookies For Holiday Festivities

Close your eyes and anticipate the sights, the sounds and the aromas of the winter holiday season. How far did you get before you started thinking about holiday desserts? More...