Commentary

New year, new you

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When I arrived in Fredericksburg in 1978, I fell in love with everything about the area. The food, the music, the climate, the scenery, the mix of German, Spanish, and Southwestern cultures.

LOOKING BACK AT ... Anna Martin, banker

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Anna Henriette Mebus was born in Rhineland, Germany on Dec. 10, 1843 into a wealthy and aristocratic family. She was educated in the best private schools in Europe.

New year gives 525,600 minutes to improve self

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525,600 minutes. That’s how many exist in a single year. There’s no way around time, it’s circular. Maybe that’s why the clock is in a circular shape.

Shimmy into the new year

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As you shake off 2016, Carol Lofland wants you to think about shimmying in 2017.

Creating traditions with a second family

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For the first time in my life, my family celebrated the Christmas holiday without me. My heart sank when I found out that I was lucky enough to work the Christmas newspaper scanner rotation.

Yes, there is a Santa

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When eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, she never imagined her words would become history’s most reprinted newspaper letter.

Waiting is the hardest part

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“This is silly,” I thought as I drove circles around the Christmas wrapping display at the store Friday evening.

Pearl Harbor thrust Nimitz into spotlight

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The big news in Fredericksburg the week of Dec. 4, 1941 was that new traffic lights were being added to the city’s electric grid.

A global hymn makes this season special

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The cold winds of December had been creeping across the landscape of the territory known as the Western Front for several days.