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Why the commercialization of the holiday season bothers me on a personal level. How my early childhood and later adult experiences made me re-evaluate the truly important aspects of the holiday season.

Full article: "Further Reflections on Buy Nothing Day, and Why I'm Opposed to Black Friday" by Nicole Pellegrini at Associated Content
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How Weight Watchers helped me finally achieve my weight loss goals when other programs failed me.

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How bad winter weather nearly cost me a vacation trip to Italy. The story of one of my worst travel nightmares, and why I never want to spend the night at an airport ever again.

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Advice to my younger self, looking back twenty-odd years later in life.

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Remembering one of the more amusing - if frustrating - aspects of our family's holiday traditions.

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My windsurfing instructor had given lessons to many celebrated musicians. But could he teach an uncoordinated 16-year-old how to stay upright on a board for more than a few seconds?

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My personal story of dealing with a health crisis while uninsured. Many Americans play the odds and hope that they'll remain healthy while lacking health insurance. I can tell a story of what can happen when you're not so lucky.

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You can read about my two incidents falling down the stairs in my house here. Scary stuff that I would not care to repeat.
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An artist can experience a lot of rude behavior when showing his or her work. This incident nearly kept me from showing my art in public for years.

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Nicole ("sockii") Pellegrini

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