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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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.
Any fan of musical theater will remember the famous song "I Cain't Say No!" from "Oklahoma," in which Ado Annie sings about her troubles rejecting the proposals of would-be suitors. These days, saying "no" to a dancing Oklahoma cowboy isn't the issue. It's rejecting the assertive neighbor lady who wants you to be vice president of the PTA. You swear you're not going to say "yes" to this volunteer committee or that. You won't agree to chair the school bake sale or join the board of a nonprofit that you gave money to once.
FARGO — Saturday marks an important anniversary in archaeology circles. On Nov. 4, 1922, British archaeologist Howard Carter chiseled his way through the doorway of what would become the most famous tomb in history — that of King Tutankhamen. Not only did Carter unearth treasures not seen in 3,200 years, he opened the door to a pop culture phenomenon celebrated decades after the young pharaoh's death.
In 2017, a prospective home buyer doesn't have to wait until an open house to take a peek inside their dream home. Recently, more potential homebuyers are experiencing close-up views of what could be their new home without ever walking through the door. Sophisticated, immersive media technology — including 3D imaging, virtual reality walkthroughs and 360-degree photos — are changing the way buyers are buying and sellers are selling.