Tracy Briggs is a former TV anchor/radio host currently working as a features writer and video host for Forum Communications.
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FARGO - We all know those people. In fact, we might be those people. They treat their dog like their own child. They have pictures on their desks, bumper stickers on their car and dog presents under the Christmas tree. It’s easy enough to find gifts for your pet –most of the time, a sturdy chew toy will keep the dog happy. But what do you buy not for the dog, but the dog lover in your family? Here are 5 gifts that are sure to please.
One thing I've learned from my years of holiday baking is to simplify when you can. For example, I found out the hard way that when you spend hours baking cookies, the last thing you're in the mood to do is spend hours decorating them. Some days I'm in the mood to bake elaborate recipes — other days I'm in the mood to decorate. But never both at the same time, or you'll get a tired, crabby me who might end up chucking the whole ordeal in favor of a cup of spiked eggnog and a rerun of "Chopped."
FARGO — Black Friday has come and gone and some of you are well-into checking off items on your Christmas list. Others are in a white-hot panic with no clue what to get anyone. No matter which category you fall into, you might want to consider homemade gift breads. They're a fairly economical way to add an extra homestyle touch to store-bought gifts, and they're an easy standalone gift for those still stumped with shopping.
Whether you're "Deep in the Heart of Texas," whistling "Dixie" or "California Dreamin,'" state-themed items like jewelry, T-shirts, artwork, dish towels and coasters have become popular for those wanting to show their state pride — or, better yet, as gifts for loved ones who've moved away from home. But as is the case with many trends, state-mania is evolving and expanding to larger ticket items.
FARGO — Some people look forward to Thanksgiving dinner all year. Not me. I look forward to what comes after Thanksgiving dinner — dessert, duh. Last year on The Great Indoors, I went all out and made what I called a PieLogNog — a mashup of a pecan pie, chocolate caramel log and eggnog cheesecake based upon chef Zac Young's Pielogen. It was super yummy, but even then I realized you can't beat a simple piece of pumpkin pie. However, as I mentioned last week, I'm trying out a low-carb Thanksgiving this year.
FARGO — You enter the cluttered closet with the best of intentions. You tell yourself, "This time, I'm really going to clear the clutter — if I don't wear it, I'm getting rid of it!" But then you pick up that blue sweater your 4-year-old daughter picked out for you because she thought it was pretty. She is now 15 and you haven't worn that sweater in a decade.
On Thanksgiving, how many of us will eat a huge turkey dinner with all the fixings, then head to the couch to watch a little football only to fall asleep by halftime? The common belief is that the drowsiness is caused by a chemical in turkey called tryptophan — the basis for the brain chemical which makes people tired. But scientists now say that's not what's really happening. They say the snooziness comes from eating an abundance of carbs and drinking alcohol.
WASHINGTON — There is an undeniable twinkle in Liana Kim's eyes when she talks about World War II veteran Gwen Young. "I'm completely enamored with her," Kim said. "She paved the way for all of us." Kim, an Army Reserve captain in the 322nd Civil Affairs Brigade in Oahu, Hawaii, escorted Young on the recent WDAY Honor Flight from Fargo to Washington, D.C. When she found out Young had been invited to go, Kim said she didn't hesitate to fly to Fargo to take her.
Washington D.C. — One of the best things about the WDAY Honor Flight is when random strangers come up to the veterans and thank them for their service. It happens throughout the trip to our nation’s capital–no matter what monument they visit.
The Honor Flight book is back! After selling out in less than six weeks this summer, Forum Communications has chosen to reprint a limited number of copies of "In Their Honor: WDAY Honor Flight 2007-2017" to satisfy the growing wait list of would-be readers. The book features stories since the flights started in May 2007. It also includes beautiful, never-before-seen images from Forum photographer Dave Samson, Honor Flight volunteer photographer Scott Marthaler of LeMar Photography and much more.