Listen to Karen and I talk about the real meaning of Thanksgiving Day, discuss the recent passing away of Karen’s retired guide dog Chanel, review plans for our upcoming Christmas trip to New England, recommend a few reasonably accessible web sites to meet your online Christmas shopping needs and much more.

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The Desert Skies

Tune into ACB Radio Interactive and Listen to The Desert Skies with Jeff Bishop on Thanksgiving night between 7:00 and 10:00 MST and Friday night between 7:00 and 9:00 MST.


Listen to Allison cover technology from a slightly Apple perspective. Check out her promo at the end of the show.

Natalie Brown

Listen to Natalie sing Give Love on Christmas Day.

Watch Out for Sony Music CD’s

Despite the recent hault to production of CD’s containing the dangerous rootkit, many Sony CD’s featuring this threat remain on the market. I can imagine most novice computer users might not realize they have been rootkitted until it is too late. Watch out when buying music this Christmas season!

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10 Traditions to Bring Your Family Closer

by Nicole Wallace

Once Upon a Family


What do you remember about your childhood? Was it the leather bound book set you received from Grandma or was it her apple pie that she cooked for every family event? We often miss the opportunity to do the things that matter most while we’re off spending time and money doing things that don’t matter. It’s not the expensive gifts or the big parties that we remember from our childhood — it is the family rituals that we did over and over again. These events are traditions that can help us instill strong family values and give us a sense of family identity. Traditions are also the building blocks for strong, caring, happy families. This holiday season why not try out a few new ones:

  1. Designate one night a week as family night. It doesn’t matter what you do together, just that you do it together. Play board games, go bowling, rent a movie and order pizza.
  2. Take pictures of Grandma making her famous apple pie. Save the picture and recipe in an album along with other family pictures and recipes.
  3. Ask everyone to write what he or she is thankful for on a beautiful colored paper leaf at Thanksgiving. Put the leaves in a basket and read them after dinner. Collage the leaves and a picture of the event into a Thanksgiving album each year.
  4. Keep a blessings box all year long. Whenever something wonderful happens (the baby sleeps through the night, your son scores the first goal in the soccer game, etc.) write it down and put it in this box. Read and count your blessings every Thanksgiving.
  5. Use a sheet as a tablecloth this Thanksgiving. Give everyone a permanent marker to write a thought, wish or dream. Date and sign each message. Bring the tablecloth out for every family gathering.
  6. Gather the family and discuss your Family Motto. This could be one word that you stand for like, honesty, integrity, loving, etc. Or you could use a standard proverb such as “Anything worth doing is worth doing well,” or “Never judge another person till you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” Hang on a suitable wall where everyone can have a daily reminder.
  7. Write yourself or a family member a letter every year at Thanksgiving. Keep the letters and bring them out again in five years to read.
  8. Write your children letters every year on their birthdays. Save them in a beautiful box. Present the letters to them at a special time (graduation, 21st birthday, wedding, etc)
  9. Write a specific assignment on back of each person’s place card this Thanksgiving. Examples could be: carve the turkey, clear the plates, organize the coffee, fold the napkins, take beverage orders, etc. This makes everyone feel a part of the celebration.
  10. Start a new Friday night dinner tradition. Tell each other ‘the best thing that happened to me this week was…” You can also use this as part of your weekly phone call to the grandparents.

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