What Hanukkah is All About?

Happy Hanukkah 2017! Why are the candles lit for the Jewish festival and why is it sometimes called Chanukah? The word Hanukkah means ‘rededication’ and honors the Jews’ struggle for religious freedom more than 2,500 years ago HANUKKAH or Chanukah is a Jewish festival which is celebrated by lighting one candle a day for eight […]

Topaz Meaning, Powers and History: Part Three

  In Africa, healing rituals with topaz are practiced to establish communion with the realm of the spirit. The Bushmen bring it to their shamanic work both for journeying, working with ancestors, and for healing, treat the stone as a highly sacred one.     Topaz was once was considered one of five elemental substances […]

Topaz Meaning, Powers and History: Part One

The Meaning and History of Topaz Topaz is the birthstone for the month of December, and the stone given in celebration of the 4th and 19th anniversaries of marriage. Topaz is a symbol of love and affection, and has been said to be an aid to one’s sweetness and disposition. The Greeks and Romans greatly […]

A Jammed Packed What to do This Weekend

Whether you’re looking to get out of the house to spend time with or away from your family, these events should get you through this holiday weekend. Check below to find great things happening around Houston this weekend, from Wednesday, November 22 to Sunday, November 26, 2017. Things to Do All Thanksgiving Weekend • Hello […]

1676 Thanksgiving Proclamation

This language would be frowned upon and possibly even worse today, but to forget history is to doom ourselves to repeat it. 1676 Thanksgiving Proclamation   “The Holy God having by a long and Continual Series of his Afflictive dispensations in and by the present War With the Heathen Natives of this land, written and […]

Two Thanksgivings

Gov. Leon C. Phillips said Oklahoma would stick to the customary Thanksgiving date: “It will be the last Thursday in 1939, 1940, 1941 and 1942. After that, I don’t care what they do about it.” (Phillips would no longer be governor.) As it turned out, many Oklahomans got two Thanksgiving holidays in 1939. Tulsa city […]

The Beauty of November’s Birthstone: Citrine

November’s second birthstone, citrine, is the variety of quartz that ranges from pale yellow to brownish orange in color. It takes its name from the citron fruit because of these lemon-inspired shades. The pale yellow color of citrine closely resembles topaz, which explains why November’s two birthstones have been so easily confused throughout history. Citrine’s […]

Is It Silver or Silver Plated?

How can you tell if silver items — like flatware, service set or a tea set — are real or plated? If you have been wondering if that old tea set is possibly worth a fortune, you’re not alone. Here are some ways to help you figure it out. Sterling or plate? Silver plating was […]

Here’s What to do With Yesterday’s Leftovers

Independence Day has now come and gone. Your long holiday weekend is over and it’s time to head back to work. Though if you spent the day grilling up some hot dogs and hamburgers, you may have had some leftovers. Instead of throwing those buns and patties away, here are a couple ideas that you […]

Here are Some Last Minute Fourth of July Party Food Ideas

Fourth of July caught me a bit unaware this summer! Not that the date has changed, but I’ve been so busy working that it just dawned on me that it’s tomorrow! UGH!! I have no one to blame but myself. So, it makes me hyper-aware that if I (or anybody) need a last-minute patriotic “somethin’ […]