The End ~ 2007 Version

by Nancy Northcott Well, here we are at the end of the year. Some people see December 31 as a time to look back on the previous 364 days, count successes and shortcomings, and devise a plan for what they hope to do in the next 365. Other people will shrug their shoulders, label this just another day, and move on into the New Year. Some people will stay up to watch the ball drop in Times Square while others will dive into bed early, pull the covers over their heads, and say, “Go on, already, 2007! You’re outta here!”
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Holiday Booty Bonanza!!

We’ve got winners!!! For commenting on Christmas day, Gillian is the winner of my $25 Amazon.com gift certificate! Way to go, Gillian! Contact me at katecarlisle99@yahoo.com and I’ll email you your prize! Anna’s Boxing Day prize of a $10 Barnes & Noble gift card goes to P226!! P226, if you’ll send your snail mail info to Anna at anna@annasugden.com, she’ll send the card straight away. And the lucky winner of Tawny’s goal-setting basket is Jane!! Congratulations, Jane!! Just send your snail mail info to Tawny@TawnyWeber.com and she’ll ship it out to you. Thanks to all our friends for stopping by
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The Bucket List

by Jo Robertson There’s a Rob Reiner movie out this holiday season in which the characters – terminally-ill patients in a health-care facility – make a list of the things they want to do before they die. They call it the BUCKET LIST because, well, they’re ready to kick the bucket.I’ve been thinking about that concept recently and asked myself, what haven’t I done that I’d REALLY like to do before I die? I’ve been lucky, so there’s not much left. I wanted to have a career – teaching – a happy marriage and a family. Mission accomplished. I’ve traveled
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A Sit Down with our very own Tawny Weber!

by Beth Andrews As one of Tawny’s Critique Partners, I’m lucky to be able to have a front row seat to her creative process. Tawny and I have been through good and bad together – rejections, Golden Heart finals and wins and best of all, SALES. *g* I interviewed Tawny to celebrate the release of Tawny’s second awesome Harlequin Blaze, Does She Dare? (though its release date is Jan 2008, Does She Dare? has already been spotted in stores across the country. Well, what are you waiting for? Run out and get your copy today *g*) Beth: Hey, the end
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WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR CAN MAKE!

by Suzanne Welsh About this time last year a group of us were chatting on the 2006 Golden Heart Loop about our careers and lives since becoming finalists in the Golden Heart contest. We celebrated in the sales of a few of our numbers–Anna Campbell, Donna McMeans, Tawny Weber, and Christine Wells. A few of us had ventured into the cyberspace realm of Public Relations with websites, myspace pages and personal blogs. I can’t remember who exactly first posted about blogs on the loop, but suddenly many of us were asking how to start a blog. Then the conversation turned
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It’s That Time Again…

by Tawny Weber The New Year is upon us once again (where DID the time go?) and that brings us to the ever-frustrating experience of setting New Year’s resolutions. Me, I’m not so much into the resolution gig. I’m more of a goal setting gal, myself. The difference? I always think of resolutions as those things we decide to quit or avoid (lose weight, quit smoking, cut back on caffeine–of which the latter always baffles me… no caffeine? Ack) while goals are things to work toward. It’s really just semantics, but years as a hypnotherapist showed me over and over
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Happy Boxing Day!!

by Anna Sugden Boxing Day? What is it? For many it is a great sporting day, for others a time to hit the shops for the best bargains, and for the rest of us, it’s another day of eating and relaxing (and maybe some sport on the telly – Go Manchester United and Exeter City!) In the UK and other Commonwealth countries, the day after Christmas (also known as St Stephen’s Day) is a national holiday, called Boxing Day. There are a number of explanations as to how it got its name – but the most popular/well-known is that is
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Merry Christmas to All!!

First, I want to wish all my Bandita friends and families a joyous Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! And now … I thought I’d share some random thoughts and photos taken from my own family’s Christmas celebration. We’re a cozy group this year, just eight of us. Two of my brothers and their wives, my nephew, the DH and I, and mom. We’re staying together at my mother’s big house in Palm Desert, California. Our first night together, we ate chicken tacos and watched that heartwarming, traditional Christmas film, Die Hard. Here’s a photo of Satina the reindeer.
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Bandit Booty

And the winner of the $15 Amazon gift card for the story about her favorite Christmas gift is… Helen and her story about getting a puppy!! Congratulations, Helen *g* Please drop me a line at: bethandrews91@gmail.com (that’s: bethandrews91 AT gmail DOT com) with your email info and I’ll get your gift card right out to you 🙂 Thank you all for commenting about your favorite and most memorable gifts!

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KJ’s Christmas in Africa!

Happy Holidays Everyone!!! Thank you to Jeanne for posting my blog today. I’m sorry I’m not here to personally wish you all a happy holiday, but I’m incommunicado in the middle of the African bush. Definitely a green Christmas for me. I’m visiting South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana on safari. Today, I’m in Botswana playing (maybe the wrong word choice) with semi-habituated elephants. Wish me luck! Spending Christmas in Africa makes me think about celebrating the holidays in an unusual way. What is customary in one country is unusual in another. I’d love to hear about your holiday traditions, the
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