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Rona Gura
Oct11
Is Anyone Out There?
Posted By : Rona Gura

Every year this question comes up in the office. Are you coming in on Columbus? And every year the answer is the same, I’m not certain.   I’m in the office today, catching up on paperwork.   Are you in the office? Or do you take off on Columbus Day?

Rona Gura
Oct08
It's A Holiday
Posted By : Rona Gura

I am now renting office space in a suite with two other law firms. The conversation on Friday turned to whether we were taking today, Columbus Day, off. I was sort of surprised to see that one of the firms would be open with full staff today. My office, as well as the other law firm in the suite is closed today.   Then the conversation turned to wh

Rona Gura
Sep10
Happy New Year
Posted By : Rona Gura

  Last week I wrote about a wedding tradition that I was asked to be a part of. This week my mind is still on tradition. Today is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. For me and my family it is a day filled with tradition. When I was a child, my parents always had our family over for dinner on the evening of the first day of Rosh Hashanah. When my

Rona Gura
May22
It's Spring
Posted By : Rona Gura

I look forward to May and June every year. Not only because those months signal the beginning of summer but there is always so many wonderful events going on during those months; graduations, weddings, bridal showers etc. For us, this May brings us two happy events, my youngest daughter, Sydney’s, college graduation and oldest, Danielle’s, graduati

Rona Gura
Apr10
It Works For Us
Posted By : Rona Gura

Tonight is the first Passover Seder. My husband and I, every year, host both seders for our families. This year we are  hosting fifteen people the first night and twenty-seven the second night. Given our experience with cooking for Passover, we definitely have our routines down. Essentially, our routine is to save all of our cooking  for the weeken

Rona Gura
Feb06
It's Smunday
Posted By : Rona Gura

There is a large political movement underway on the internet. Surprisingly, it has nothing to do with any of President Trump’s executive orders. Rather it is an effort to declare today, the day after the Super Bowl, a national holiday; Smunday.   And, of course, as a national holiday salaried employees would have a paid day off.   The movement is

Rona Gura
Jan23
My Vacation "Souvenirs"
Posted By : Rona Gura

Anyone who knows me and my husband knows that, for many reasons, we love to travel. Clearly, one of the biggest benefits of travelling is getting away from work and stress and re-charging. For me, however, one of the most enjoyable benefits of travelling is learning something new and taking that knowledge home with me.   For example, while  in Ala

Rona Gura
Nov28
The Holiday Shopping Season is Upon Us
Posted By : Rona Gura

My children, every year, immediately get into the holiday shopping season. They love going to the mall at 5:00 a.m. on Black Friday with their friends and cousins. As much as they love the “bargains” they think they are getting,  I believe, what they enjoy most is the social aspect of Black Friday; being in the mall in the early morning hours with

Rona Gura
Nov21
Thanksgiving; The Supporting Cast
Posted By : Rona Gura

For the first time, in a very long time, I am hosting family and friends for Thanksgiving.  For weeks, I have been planning all different menus in in my head.   I know, for many,  the “star of the show “ for Thanksgiving dinner is  the turkey.  But, for me, it’s all about the “supporting cast,” the side dishes. I already have four side dishes plann

Rona Gura
Oct17
Making Due in an Unexpected Way
Posted By : Rona Gura

It was one of those days you dread while on vacation. As our cruise ship pulled into the port of Corfu Greece, we looked outside our balcony to see drenching rainfall. Given that we were scheduled to take a bus tour of the island, I was not concerned; I did not expect the rain to affect our itinerary.   As soon as the bus pulled away from the dock,

Rona Gura
Apr04
April Fools!!!
Posted By : Rona Gura

It seemed to me that, this year, there were many more than usual public April Fools jokes. Trader Joe’s issued a press release that there were closing in 2017 (heaven forbid) in which the joke was revealed in the last line of the statement, Gwen Stefani posted a sonogram implying that she was pregnant with Blake Shelton’s baby (not true), and Samsu

Rona Gura
Nov24
Gobbling Profits???
Posted By : Rona Gura

You cannot turn on the television, radio, or computer without being bombarded with this story; whether retailers should open on Thanksgiving Day. Many retailers such as Macy’s J. C. Penny’s, and Toys R Us  have been open on Thanksgiving Day for several years. KMart has announced that, this year, they will open at 6:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day and r

Rona Gura
May26
Memorial Day
Posted By : Rona Gura

Given the meaningful blog Fred wrote on Friday as to the history behind Memorial Day, I’m wondering how most of us spend Memorial Day. For my family, it’s always been about inviting some close friends and family over to, hopefully, enjoy the good weather and our pool. We always order too much food (so I don’t have to cook during the following week

Rona Gura
Apr14
Small Traditions
Posted By : Rona Gura

Sometimes, as I’m sure we all do, I wonder/worry about whether my children will accept the traditions my husband and I have tried to impart to them and continue them in their own household. When it comes to religious traditions, my children-- as my brother, sister, and I did-- loudly raise their objections. I hear annually, “Do we have to go both

Rona Gura
Dec02
"Don We Now Our Blank Apparel"
Posted By : Rona Gura

One of Hallmark's ornaments for the holiday season has caused controversy following the replacement of the word "gay" while quoting "Deck the Halls." The ornament, in a shape of a red Christmas sweater is decorated with the lyric, "Don we now our fun apparel." As most of you know, the traditional line from the famous Christmas song is "Don we n

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