Twelve grapes for New Year’s

It’s New Year’s Eve, a time for “kissing the old year out; kissing the new year in,” to quote the Bing Crosby song. The oldest holiday (it dates back to Babylonian times over 4000 years ago), New Year’s is the lone holiday that is celebrated around the world. After all, regardless of race, religion, culture, […]

Silent night, holy night – and joy to the world

When did we go from a peaceful calm celebration with family, friends and/or neighbors to this commercial nightmare? I am not going to tell you that Christmas is about baby Jesus. Of course for some it is, and I respect that. In fact, it is a beautiful way of celebrating. But Christmas can be many different […]

The meaning of mealtime

Dan Franch on why eating together is about so much more than food. If you have kids, life is busy. If both you and your spouse have jobs, life is busier. If you are a single parent with a job, life is well… busiest. Add to that lengthening commutes, further demands outside the home, plus […]

Seven. Lucky seven. Seventh heaven

Everyone is aware of its magical allure. Seven is the most common dice roll in gambling. In ancient times, seven celestial bodies could be seen by the naked eye. There are seven continents. Seven seas. Seven days in a week and seven wonders of the ancient world. Don’t forget the seven colors in a rainbow. […]

Don’t stop reading to your child

“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.” – Dr. Seuss The importance of reading to children at an early age is unquestionable. Considering that it is at the heart of all formal education, reading to children at a very early age increases their chances […]

Finish your plate!

-Finish your plate! A well-known mom-/dadism still in use. Now there’s a study to show that we actually do finish our plates – in general. The study, from Cornell University, Ithaca, USA, reveals that adults eat 92% of the food they put on their plate, on average. One can easily dish out reasons for this, […]

Our tech-crazed kids

Dan Franch looks at the benefits – and bogus benefits – of our children’s screen addiction: It’s tough these days raising kids. All they want to do is sit in front of a screen and play video games. Mouths agape, they are like drooling (“Not on the keyboard!”) zombies; eyes fixated on their computer, tablet, […]

Midsummer up north

The midsummer celebration is an old pre-Christianity tradition in many European countries, mostly so those in the north.  At some stage however Rome decided that church should be part of it, so instead of celebrating the solstice, the nature and fertility – everyone were now supposed to celebrate the birth of John the Baptist. 

A book a month

It’s World Book Night, and that is about “giving books and encouraging those who have lost the love of reading – or are yet to gain it – to pick up a book and read.” CLEW picks a monthly treat for you among the many anticipated books of 2014. The April treat (OK, we’ll throw in one […]

World Cancer Day

CLEW honours those who are fighting, those who survived, those who didn’t survive, those who fear, those who lost a loved one, those who continuously work to find cures, and those who continuously work for even more awareness. We all have somebody to stand up for.   For more awareness, go to http://www.worldcancerday.org